On the sixty-second installment of Tristan’s Tips, our amazing host Tristan Layfield explains why you need to get selective in your job search. He also shares his three main steps to an effective job search. Be sure to follow them – doing so gives you more control over the process, and you’ll land more interviews and ultimately the role you want!
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate?! It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’m back to bring you another career tip. This week I want to talk to you about why you need to get selective in your job search.
Since we are in the middle of a pandemic with tens of millions of people that are now unemployed, I know that sounds counterintuitive. But when we start to job search in panic, when tend to start casting a wide net. We think the more jobs that we apply to, the higher our chances of landing the role. While, yes, you maybe be able to get a job, let’s talk about why you won’t get the job you want.
First, Odds are you aren’t tailoring your resume. But we know that applicant tracking software weeds out 75% of applicants due to a lack of keywords specific to that job.
Second, studies show that when you apply online in the US, you have less than a 2% chance of landing the job.
Couple that with the fact that only 20% of jobs are filled through online job boards.
Based on those numbers, it’s pretty clear that the traditional job search strategies you were taught are failing you. If you’re tired of not hearing back from potential employers, you have to rethink how you approach your search.
There are 3 main steps to an effective job search:
First, gain a clear understanding of what you bring to the table. This allows you to narrow down what skills you want to exercise. It also helps you to efficiently and effectively convey your value on your resume, in your LinkedIn profile, while networking, and during interviews.
Second, Understand how to properly package that up to get past computer software and stand out to hiring managers. You don’t want all of your efforts to go to waste because you didn’t optimize your resume appropriately or showcase the results you’ve driven on your LinkedIn profile.
The third and most important step is to actively and intentionally build a network of career boosters to help you along the way. We know that this is the best way to actually land a role, yet many of us are either too afraid to actually do it or don’t know how.
Remember, it’s not always the most qualified person that gets the role, often it’s the person that knows the most about the job search. By taking these steps to redesign your job search process, not only will you have more control, but you’ll land more interviews and ultimately the role you want. If you need some assistance with this, reach out to me and let’s talk.
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