How can you land your next job?
According to a recent study, 55% of Americans will look for new jobs over the next twelve months. Some are calling this the “Great Resignation.” There are several reasons why American workers are looking for greener grasses, including flexibility, working conditions, and career advancement.
So, if you are considering searching for a new job, you are not alone.
I reached out to our “More Than Money (with Art Rainer)” Facebook group to compile some helpful tips for job searches. Here’s what they said:
1. Don’t just network. Develop real relationships.
Russell Meek said, “The best job advice I ever got is to spend time developing meaningful relationships with people in your field. This is much more than ‘networking,’ which is often baldly obvious to the people you're trying to network with....Years down the road you now have friends, and those friends are also likely to want to work with you or recommend you for positions because they actually know you.”
Those with whom you have deeper relationships are certainly more likely to recommend you for a job than someone you had a five minute conversation with at a conference. Really get to know people in the field. Does it take time? Absolutely. But this approach also creates better relationships and career results.
2. Clean up your social media.
“Clean up or eliminate your social media. They are going to look at it.”
This comment was from Ryan Jespersen, and I could not agree more. Employers will undoubtedly do some social media snooping before they make hiring decisions. Take some time to view your social media through the lens of a prospective employer. What do your posts say about you? Remember, they don’t know you. They only know what you post.
Take some time to view your social media through the lens of a prospective employer.
3. Don’t lie.
Jeremy Butler said, “I know this is obvious, but don’t lie on your resume.”
Certainly, you want to highlight your strengths and successes. There is nothing wrong with that. However, don’t embellish or lie. First, this is sinful. Second, a worthy candidate can disqualify themselves when the lie is discovered. Finally, hired employees can be fired if a lie is unearthed. Showcase your strengths, but don’t lie.
4. Work hard when you’re unemployed.
Daniel Tripp provided some good advice regarding how to approach each day if you are jobless:
“While someone is unemployed, their job is to find a job. They should continue to get up early, get dressed for work, and search, apply, and interview through the work hours of the day…That will help them find the right job faster and keep good work habits and rhythms while they are between jobs.”
While someone is unemployed, their job is to find a job.
5. Do your research.
Steven Methven said, “Research the company before you interview.”
Employers want candidates that are familiar with their organization. Familiarity demonstrates a real desire, not just to get a job, but to acquire a job at their specific organization. Familiarity with the organization also allows you to ask informed questions at the end of the interview.
6. If possible, avoid the shotgun approach.
“Don't apply for more than one job at a time with the same company. It appears desperate to the company and can communicate that you're not intentional about that specific position.”
This tip came from Taylor Standridge. Everything communicates something to somebody. It is possible to communicate desperation if you simultaneously apply for multiple jobs at the organization.
7. Get caught up on the latest industry trends.
David Wolcott provided some wise advice—"Read at least five chapters a week from nonfiction, professional development, trade, or other similar books.”
Employers want to see that you are knowledgeable of the industry. If you are considering a job change, start reading up on modern industry and leadership trends. Use the knowledge gained from these books as you craft your resume and sit for an interview.
8. Don’t sell yourself short.
Brad Cone suggested, “You can apply for things if you do not meet all qualifications.”
Some studies have shown that this is a larger issue for women than men. Men are more likely than women to apply for jobs where they do not meet all the qualifications. Whether you are a male or female, don’t sell yourself short. Just because you do not check all the boxes on the job summary does not mean an employer will dismiss your application. So, be willing to go after some stretch jobs. You might just land it.
9. Say, “Thank you.”
“If you are interviewed, send a thank you card to the person that interviewed you,” commented Sarah Rainer.
This is excellent advice. Always send a handwritten note (not an email) to your interviewer. This rare, personal touch will make you stand out as a candidate.