The days are getting longer, the weather is warmer and the flowers are blooming. This can only mean one thing; Spring is here. And while many use this opportunity to do a spring cleaning to get their house and yards in order, it’s also the perfect time to refresh your job search efforts. So, if you are having trouble finding that next great opportunity, consider the following tips to spruce up your resume, dig for new job sources and get your hiring prospects in full bloom:
Make your resume shine: As each job can attract hundreds of applicants, it is important that your resume stand out from the crowd. Consider revamping it with a new design, graphical elements, images and colors that can make it pop. Also, make sure you adapt the content for each job, using specific language from the job description or company website. Doing so will show that you understand the job and show that you have the specific skills needed to be successful. That bland, one-size-fits-all resume will do little to intrigue a recruiter or hiring manager, who will pass it over.
Heat up your job search: If you fail to find exciting opportunities in your typical job search locations, maybe it’s time to expand your horizons. Instead of looking at the same job boards each day, explore niche sites based on your field, location or demographic. You can also follow the companies you’d want to work for and look directly at their career sites or follow them on social media for updates on their open positions. And don’t forget to leverage your personal and professional networks – you never know who may be able to connect you with the perfect opportunity.
Blossom during the interview: Aside from the standard interview advice, like dressing for the part, showing up early, being courteous to the receptionist, it is also crucial to demonstrate your knowledge of the company and how you can make a difference. While many online resources stress the importance of knowing about the company before you interview, passively showing your knowledge isn’t enough. Demonstrate that you fully understand the company and its mission by highlighting how your skills and work history relate to what the company does and its current projects and initiatives.
Get more green: Landing a new job entails more than just finding the perfect position, sending out an eye-catching resume and acing the interview. You also should know how to negotiate for the right salary when the job offer comes; something that nearly one-fifth of people neglect to do, due to fear or lack of negotiating skills. However, by understanding what people in your location with similar job titles are earning (through our Salary Wizard tool), you can enter these salary discussions equipped with the knowledge to negotiate for what you are worth.
With the change of seasons upon us, there is no better time to invigorate your job search; and following the steps above can improve your changes of landing the perfect job. Take the time to refresh your resume, expand your search horizons, sharpen you interview skills and learn to negotiate. Do so, and you’ll approach the job search with a new spring in your step!