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Pro­fes­sional net­work­ing sites are great re­sources when you’re on the job hunt, but only if you use them prop­erly. Make sure you’ve thought­fully com­pleted all

WISE UP

Go­ing after a job just to have one could get you right back to square one fields in your pro­file. If ap­pli­ca­ble to your field, add sam­ples of your work. You’re less likely to at­tract at­ten­tion when your pro­file lacks a photo, so make cer­tain you up­load a pro­fes­sional im­age. Ad­di­tion­ally, follow com­pa­nies you’re in­ter­ested in and catch their eye by lik­ing and com­ment­ing on their post­ings.

Take ad­van­tage of your on­line net­work and let them know, via a per­son­alised mes­sage, that you’re on the mar­ket. One of the best job-search tips is to reach out to peo­ple you know. After all, your great­est chances of suc­cess will come from con­nec­tions who can give per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions, or at least put in a good word for you or make a quick in­tro­duc­tion.

Send out tar­geted CVs

Are you send­ing out the same CV for all your jobs? If so, you’re not mak­ing the most of your job hunt. It’s likely your skills and ex­pe­ri­ence qual­ify you to ful­fil more than one job de­scrip­tion, which is why you should tai­lor not just your cover let­ter but your CV for each post­ing. But there’s no need to craft a new one from scratch each time. Work from a boil­er­plate CV, and high­light dif­fer­ent re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and re­sults as ap­pro­pri­ate.

Mind the key­words

Many or­gan­i­sa­tions use ap­pli­cant-track­ing sys­tems to find their ideal can­di­dates. The right key­words can pull your ap­pli­ca­tion out of the dig­i­tal pack and land it on a hir­ing man­ager’s desk. Tread lightly, though. Key­word stuff­ing is ob­vi­ous, not to men­tion very an­noy­ing, to hir­ing man­agers.

If you’re de­vot­ing a lot of time to your job hunt with­out the com­men­su­rate re­turn, it may be a sign you’re do­ing busy­work or could be more ef­fec­tive in your ap­proach. Take some time to eval­u­ate your strate­gies, and then use the above job-search tips to make your search more ef­fi­cient and suc­cess­ful.

– Ca­reer­Builder.com

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