How My Job Search Forced To Keep Up With Technology
After working on the entertainment industry for 25 years and retiring Covid from looking for work, I had just started looking for a steady job. the job site actually reports that the average length of job search is 20 weeks. Now I am one in a quarter of about 5 months.
The first step I took in my new job search was to have coffee with a friend who had completed her own successful job search. Within two hours of our time together, I put through several pages of notes. I know (or am reminded) that a computer scan is the first step that happens once you submit a résumé on a job application. You may already know, but here are some other tips I know ..
Make Sure Your Résumé Is Properly Scanned
First of all, if you are applying for a job online, as most do today, a computer will read your résumé before it is visible to any human eye. An automated software program called an applicant tracking system checks your résumé for keywords that are relevant to the position you are applying for. The system checks résumés to find the most suitable match for a position. It is important that your résumé includes appropriate buzzwords and is professionally written.
That can be a heavy lift, especially if you’re trying to switch races or fields. In my case, I followed my friend’s advice and applied a résumé writing and review service. They redid my résumé to make it as technology friendly as possible without sacrificing reading. Given my marketing experience, my résumé now has keywords for that industry. My résumé is also formatted much better. The service was paid for, and the package I chose included a revum résumé, a cover letter, and a LinkedIn profile update. There are many options for more companies that provide these services; even LinkedIn offers them.
The process of securing my updated résumé, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile took about a week. When I have the documents, I take advantage of myself another service to post my résumé on multiple job boards, especially the ones I probably wouldn’t be able to if I did it all. Again, I would have spent hours doing what this service was prepared to do quickly. By using it, my résumé was posted on 50 career sites. Sure, you don’t have to spend money to do this, but it helped me expand my search.
LinkedIn Is Your Friend
Many, if not most, job hiring companies rely on LinkedIn to read candidates and connect with them. Must have a profile. A free account is nice, but the premium level provides features like direct messaging to recruits, interview preparation tools, and an applicant view so you can see how you compare to other candidate. Maybe employees will look if you have a page. They want to read the story of your employment. Yes, it’s a social media site, so, yes, engagement is important. Get involved by commenting on others ’posts, posting your own stories, or writing an article related to your industry, knowledge, or experience. Also, join and join professional groups relevant to your field. This social media networking is an important aspect of your job search. Also use the recommendation section of the platform. This allows others (first employers or co -workers) to recommend you. For good karma at work, you should also recommend people you know. And while you’re on LinkedIn, don’t forget there are other sites. Monster, Actually, Glassdoor, and FlexJob are a few. (AARP also has a job search page available to its members.)
Social Media can also help
While it’s worth mentioning LinkedIn, other social media platforms can help as well. Pay close attention to how you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media platforms where you have a presence. Have friends or connections doing something you want to do? Can you ask them for instructions? Is there a preferred brand, company, or business you follow? Maybe they can discuss the positions they have opened. Keep an eye on posts made by others. There may be a potential job or a worthy idea for the job to go up. And join groups that can lead to your next job.
Achieving Your Past
Next, start reaching people you know. You want to get the word you are looking for job. Like I did when I met my friend for coffee, approaching family, friends, past employers, work friends, and colleagues. Talk to them where they live, whether on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
June Smith, who heads human resource with Entertainment One, says of networking: “Never underestimate the power of networking. Yes, use technology, because that’s the way the world is today. Go on your LinkedIn profile to find out if you have connections used by that business. If you have connections with each other, meet with people and ask them to provide an introduction for you. “
Sign Up for Newsletters and Alerts
Another way to continue the job search process is to take advantage of newsletters and alerts. Is there a company you want to work for? Many of them have newsletters or job alerts on their hiring portals where you can sign up. You will receive an alert or periodic email of their current job opening. In addition, you can sign up for Google alerts for specific job titles or companies, or LinkedIn alerts for the industry you want to work for and for the companies you want to work for. For example, my experience is in entertainment marketing, so I created a job alert on “marketing” on LinkedIn. Maybe you want to work at Netflix? Set up a job alert for the company on your LinkedIn profile. You will be notified of any new positions when they become available.
Retrain, If Necessary
Even if my job search involves marketing, I have always noticed that many companies are looking for applicants who are experienced in Salesforce (listed under desired skill). I wasn’t familiar with the technology, so I used Google to read it, and then I signed up for a class to practice it. As you begin the application process, consider some simple practice as well to increase your chances. Google or LinkedIn should help find these courses. You may not want to go all-in for a certification or other separate degree-seeking program, but familiarity with a necessary equipment or platform in your field can set you apart from other applicants. .
If a company decides (according to your online application) that they want you to interview, it’s more of an online interview done from your home computer. (Especially now, considering the ongoing closure of Covid.)
A few tips: Always like business, professional attire, check the background and lighting that will show up on a Zoom call, close the door to the room you’re in, or find a way to keep pets and children from disturbing . Michael Bridges, who recently completed a successful job search and is now director of development at Parks California, offers some communication tips: “Think of the job interview as if you were hired for real post-Covid, many companies will continue to use Zoom in their daily work activities.The way you present yourself during the Zoom conversation can be a good indication of who you may be as an employee. if they take you. You have to show them who you are as a co -worker from the first interview onwards. “