Build a job search strategy to find your dream job!
What is a dream job? Dream jobs are different for everyone, but in general it is working in your most ideal position and environment doing something you are passionate about, while getting generously compensated for your time. Self-awareness is key to identifying those things that you are passionate about and the bring you fulfillment. Achieving the income you desire connected to your passion is a journey, and even closer if you hold the minimum qualifications for obtaining such a position. Once you have mapped out a path to success for you, next is to build a targeted job search.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” - Confucius
Finding a job is very different now than it was 10 years ago and the dynamics and qualifications are always changing. These recent changes range from software updates to the ATS (application tracking system) software, to dramatic operational changes due to COVID. Many of these changes can make finding a job challenging if you are still using the same method as your job searches from years ago.
Building the right job search strategy is the key to landing your dream job in today’s competitive climate. We all know that if you are in the right place at the right time, you can make a strong impression on someone that can potentially give you the keys to your dream job. If you focus and commit yourself with a developed strategy, you will be on a clearer path with less obstacles in your way.
Firstly, it is very helpful to write down a list of your targeted companies and find the right people to connect with. Study the industry, the ATS software qualifications and the precise roles you’re targeting. Once you land an interview, study the company and learn everything possible about the company and position before the interview. Learn about the culture, company growth, growth potential within the desired role, company values and be sure to read written reviews from previous and current company employees within. This information will give you a good grasp of what the company is about and will help you with the understanding the best approach for the interview.
Recruiting and headhunting
Preparation and research are the keys to standing out to recruiters. There are tens of thousands of recruiting agencies that all specialize in specific industries. Get connected with the recruiters that are most relevant for you and take a look if they have any vacant position within their company before you reach out to them. A recruiter’s job is to find people with talent that are highly qualified and have the best chances of landing the job. If they have something that is relevant for you they will be happy to hear from you. It is always good to introduce yourself even if they don’t have anything at the moment.
Build your personal brand online using your social media profiles and other platforms. Recruiters are not only looking at LinkedIn profiles, sometimes they are also visiting the facebook and other social media before they reach out to candidates. Make sure there is nothing alarming that may set a bad impression
It is very important to build a well-rounded resume that will bypass the ATS software and resonate with decision makers to get you that interview for your dream job. Passing the ATS is often simply understanding how to format the resume. This can be done by using a professional template and utilizing keywords that the software searches for and filters out. You will need to do research on the targeted jobs to see what words are commonly used in the job descriptions.
Simply using the right template and choosing the correct words can increase the chances of your resume getting into the hands of decision makers, which can significantly increasing your chances of landing you an interview for your dream job. If you don’t want to do the resume yourself you always have the option to hire a professional resume editor.
Tailor your LinkedIn profile to the individuals and corporations you’re targeting. You don’t need everyone to be interested in your profile, you just want the attention of the recruiters and decision-makers in your industry. Your profile should be searchable and it should have the right keywords in there for recruiters to find you more easily. Once they land on your page you must stand out from your competition. The best way to do this is to add content that emphasizes your skills and achievements.
Networking is one of the most underrated tools to finding a job in 2020. 70% of jobs are never posted online which means companies are relying more and more on recruiters and networking tools such as LinkedIn to find candidates. It is important to understand that it is very likely that recruiters are looking to hire you yet must find a way to locate you and learn about your skillset and what you bring to the table. Find potential employers and add them on LinkedIn, and talk with them about working at their company. Attempt to get them on the phone and then ask them questions about working at their company. Ask if they are not responsible for hiring and if they can introduce you to the right person to schedule an interview.
There are many job sites that are not very good and it is best to focus your energy in the right places. Our favorite job search sites are LinkedIn, Indeed and Glassdoor.
LinkedIn has a great job board and is probably the most important place to build your professional network in 2020. Your LinkedIn profile is a personal flyer for your services, so make sure that you have the right information, neatly formatted and include the relevant information that will help you obtain better search results. The LinkedIn community is very friendly and welcoming to networking. If you see someone that might be a good connection, shoot them a connection request and introduce yourself.
Indeed is a great place to apply for jobs that are relevant for anything from an entry level position to a senior executive. They also allow you to post your resume and withhold personal information, so it is not searchable by name. Companies have the opportunity to purchase credits that allow them to search a public database of resumes and reach out to relevant candidates one at a time.
Glassdoor not only has a job board but they also have a great deal of metrics and information about working at the company. On Glassdoor you can see company reviews posted from current and former employees listing the pros and cons of working there. There is general information on the company but you can also find information about salaries, interviews, benefits and their hiring status.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” — Norman Vincent Peale
Dream Big. If your goal is to become a C-level executive, make sure you have sufficient experience for them to even consider you. If you are not qualified for your dream job right now that is just part of the journey. If you don’t have that experience now, then try to find a company where you can grow into a similar role and build those skills. The duration of time it takes to work your way up the “corporate ladder” is going to vary for different industries. So target your companies appropriately and try to find a company that is invested in their employees professional growth.
Rock my Resume can help you with rebuilding your resume and public profile in order to optimize your chances to be seen by a recruiter and hiring manager. We provide coaching and consulting on the best interview practices, job search strategies, career strategizing and development, networking and executive coaching. We can even help to connect you with people within your industry that can land you that perfect job.
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