An average of 250 people apply for every corporate job in America, according to Glassdoor for Employers. With so much competition, how do you set yourself apart? Try these tips to get an edge in the job market.
Post Your Resume on Job Boards
Most jobseekers search for jobs reactively, sending out their resumes whenever a job post catches their eye. You can show that you’re a go-getter by taking a more proactive approach and posting your resume on job boards. Quintessential states that job seekers often get better results posting to more industry-specific job boards rather than larger general ones like Monster and CareerBuilder. If you have a professional online presence, make sure to add your website URL and social media links to your job board post as well.
As with any activity where you share sensitive information, posting to job boards carries some risk of identity theft. For this reason, you should limit the information you post. List your city and state, but leave off your street address, and provide only a single phone number and email address.
Develop a Strong LinkedIn Profile
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If you have only one professional social media profile, place it on LinkedIn. Technical recruiting consultant Donta Moore recommends this social media platform for increasing your professional brand. Ask people you’ve worked with to write recommendations for you that praise your professional skills and qualities. Become an active member of LinkedIn groups relevant to your industry. Share appropriate articles and keep your LinkedIn resume up to date.
Get Recruiters on Your Side
A talented recruiter can be your best friend during your job search. These professionals are skilled at matching job seekers with the best roles. A good recruiter will advocate for you and help you secure the best salary for any position. Employers will often approach recruiting firms rather than posting job opportunities publicly, so you could miss out on the perfect job if you don’t know a recruiter. Sign up with several employment firms to get many recruiters working on your behalf.
So many recent graduates and people changing careers complain that employers want experience, yet no one is willing to give it to them. Savvy job seekers know that if you want something badly enough, you don’t wait for someone to hand it to you. You go out and get it.
Paid work isn’t the only way you can gain experience. Put your hand up for work experience and interning opportunities. Spend some of your free time volunteering for a relevant non-profit organization. The experience you’ll gain will not only set your resume apart, but it will also help you make contacts that could prove invaluable in your job search.
Set Up a Professional Voicemail
It’s easy to miss calls while you’re driving to interviews and meeting potential managers. That’s why a professional voicemail is essential. It’s vital to have a voicemail greeting that makes you sound like a high-quality job candidate rather than someone more interested in partying. Learn how to set up a voicemail on your smartphone and get someone you trust, like a parent or professor, to listen to your greeting. You can record your message as many times as you like until you get it right.
Write Guest Posts for Industry Blogs
No matter what industry you’re interested in, there are probably several leading blogs in the sector. Contact them and ask whether their creators would let you write a guest post. This will help you establish yourself as an authority in your chosen industry. Then, make sure to mention your guest blogging experience in your resume.
Many blog founders are open to guest bloggers because they lighten the blogging workload and give the blog fresh perspectives. You’ll get the best response if you approach the blogger with a clear article pitch outlining what you’ll write about. Familiarize yourself with the blog’s content before pitching to ensure your topic suits the target audience. You might also include an introductory paragraph with your pitch that leaves the blog’s founder wanting more.
In a sea of candidates, these tips can give you the edge over your competitors and make sure potential employers notice you.