How to Job Hunt Like a Pro
While there isn’t an exact formula to landing your dream job, there are specific steps you can take to put yourself on the right path. Whether you’re a recent college graduate looking for your first full time job, or you’re taking a leap of faith and switching career paths – this guide to job hunting like a pro will get you one step closer to filling that open position.
Clean up your resume
Step one is to clean up both your resume and your digital presence. It is generally best to keep your resume to one page. Fill it with key information regarding special skills you have, past experience that relates to the job you’re applying for, and anything else that helps emphasize why you are the best fit for the role. When it comes to social media, be sure and set your profile to “private” wherever possible. On public profiles, delete any photos, posts, or content that could be considered inappropriate or may give off the wrong impression. It may seem like an unnecessary step, but employers do check social media profiles, and they will form an opinion of you based on what they see.
Nail the interview
They key to nailing an interview is preparation. Research the company you’re interviewing with, study the job responsibilities and requirements for the open role, and practice explaining your past experience. The actual interview will seem like a piece of cake once you’ve adequately prepared for any questions your interviewer could potentially ask. Dress sharp, bring several copies of your resume with you, and walk with confidence. A firm handshake and strong eye contact goes a long way and shows your potential future employer how you will handle meeting new clients.
Remember to send a follow-up email or letter within 24 hours of your interview thanking whoever you met with. Touch on something you spoke about in your interview, or something you had in common with your potential employer. Finish with a sentence or two about why you’re a great fit for the role or how you will be an asset to the company, and you’re good to go!
These steps to landing your dream role may seem simple, but they’re necessary in order to be successful. Follow our guide and you’re bound to be signing that offer letter in no time!