Applying to open job listings is completly different than what I'll be discussing in this article.
The following information is for those job hunters who are in search of their next career move. This requires a hunters mindset which may feel uncomfortable at first but will yield great results in your quest to find your ideal position.
Here are a number of stages to any job hunt journey.
1. Prepare Your Resume
This is an important stage in which you prepare yourself—and your resume—for the job hunt ahead. Make sure that your resume not only lists your jobs but more importantly highlights all your relevant accomplishments. If your resume is not straight forward a cover letter is essential.
2. Prepare to Network
Networking is a critical part of the job search—by reaching out to contacts, you can get advice on your search, and even hear about job openings that might be a good fit for you before the job post goes up online.
3. Know What Your Looking For
So many people go from one job to another not realizing that this sends a strong message to potential employers that you don't know what you want. Employers want employees who want to work for their company and have the confidence and skills to make a difference. Think about the exact job you want and go for it.
4. Find Job Listings
When feeling the stress of needing work, it is easy to begin applying for everything you see. Try to be patient and work to control the anxiety that comes with needing a job, so that you can focus on adjusting your profiles and resume for the specific jobs you are applying for. Consistancy is important.
5. Stand Out
Applying to a job through a post will make you 1 of 100's who have applied just like you. Ask yourself how you can stand out. Some of the best applications have come through voice recordings on LinkedIn messenger and video attachments to email of a personal message recorded just for me. You have to become more innovative to get the hiring managers attention.
6. Follow Up
Most people fail to follow up which is detrimental. A good follow up strategy shows interest and determination. It sends employers the message that you are the type of person who takes action. Make sure you don't over-do-it otherwise this will work against you.
7. Build Relationships
Following up for the same reason just to hear a yes or no is not as effective as working on building a relationship. Everyone you come into contact with during your job hunt can serve a purpose. Sometimes employers will even recommend you to another employer because they remembered you and liked you. Always focus on the relationship and you'll be surprised how far it can get you.