The Top Job Searching Tips We Learned This Year

Searching for a job can always raise your anxiety, but it doesn’t have to. Knowing some good advice for job hunting can help you put your best foot forward. What are the top tips and tricks that can give you an advantage when you’re applying for jobs?

Here is some of the best advice to help you with your job search.

Make a Master Resume

You’ve probably heard the advice to customize your resumes for specific jobs. But there’s an easier way to do that than rewriting your resume every time. Make a master resume with all the possible skills and experience you’ve had. It can be as long as it needs to be since you’ll never send that version to anyone. Then, when working on resumes for individual positions, you can copy and paste the top sections that are relevant to that job.

Set Yourself Up for a Successful Video Interview

Some tips can make you stand out in this new world of video interviews. First, raise your camera to eye level. Write an outline to include the key points you want to remember to talk about, including questions. Minimize your zoom window to see the speaker in a small box, then open your document and move the zoom window just below the camera. This way, you can follow your outline and maintain eye contact.

Keep an Accomplishment Journal

While you’re working, keep a journal on your desk. When you’re particularly excited about an accomplishment on the job, write it down. This becomes a resource when updating your resume. It can be hard to remember things that happened earlier in your career, but these things can set you apart when applying for a new job.

Plan Out Questions to Ask in the Interview

Always make sure you have intelligent questions to ask in an interview. These need to be questions beyond what the company does or what is expected in the job. If you review the company website and job description, those questions should be answered, but you can use that information to determine more specific questions. Always end the interview by asking when they plan to make a decision.

Know How to Spin a Negative Employment Experience

You will always be asked why you left your last position. Even if the reason is a toxic environment or bad management, an interview is not the place to air those grievances. Instead, figure out a way to spin it positively. For example, “I enjoyed the work but didn’t thrive in the environment, so I am looking for a position that better aligns with my values.” Or, “I was ready to move on with my career, and there weren’t growth opportunities.”

Work Your Connections

In your sea of online applications, don’t forget your network. You never know where a new position can come from, so don’t leave any stone unturned. Talk to professional connections you have to let them know you’re looking. Mark yourself open for work on LinkedIn. Talk to friends and family. Attend networking functions or industry events. And don’t be afraid to talk to people you meet about your job search.

Apply with a Staffing Agency

Of course, you don’t have to start your job search alone. Apply with Nexstaff today!


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