The job search has become a whole different world – or it may seem. With endless job search sites and job scammers, it can often seem hopeless.
You know the saying, “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is?” Internet job scammers or pyramid schemes are targeting recent graduates into jobs with endless promises and money. If you feel you are a target of a job scam, contact the company or webmaster for the site you used and report that job and email.
You will see that some of the potential jobs that are described in these emails are very similar to one another and often stating, “I saw your resume on the internet,” without addressing you personally either.
Stay positive and if you don’t land the job you were interviewing for, be sure to ask the hiring manager for constructive criticism. Perhaps it isn’t even you specifically, so keep trying and it will pay off.
Check out the list for seven things you may be missing when searching for a job.
Know your target career, research how others got there and what their Resume/CV looks like. Also, have your resume reviewed by others before you start handing it out and especially before you post it online because once you’ve made an error… it may be difficult to erase that mistake.
Resumes are often printed and employers may have a permanent copy of your electronic mistake. Review it over and over, send it out to friends and colleagues, and print it out for yourself to review as an employer would.
Clean Up Your Online Presence
You may not know it but everything you do online may be available to many employers to see as well. There are many things that potential employers should not see pictures of or read about. If you’re unsure about whether you have a good online reputation or not, try to Google yourself or search for your email address.
Even if you have signed up for something years ago, your “digital footprint” may have been left for others to see. If you’re currently looking for a job, you may want to make sure you aren’t showing off your dating profile when employers run a search on your name.
Post Your Resume Online
Now you’re ready to go viral (in a good way).
Posting your resume online is equally as important as optimizing your resume to list specific keywords within the text so when employers search for candidates online your resume has a higher potential of being found.
Some reputable web sites to consider today are: indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, Simply Hired, LinkedIn, US.jobs, Dice and Glassdoor.
Create A Portfolio
A portfolio is a great way to showcase your work. If you have images or work you can put in a slideshow, slideshare.net is a great way to show off your skills.
You can also create a simple web site to have everything in one place. If you are looking for a marketing job, try to spruce up your resume by adding graphics. Recently, many job applicants have been using info-graphics to show data and experience off in a visually stunning way.
Network. Network. Network.
Do not underestimate the power of networking. Many times people find jobs, it is through someone they know or word of mouth. Put the word out there that you are looking for a job and what you are looking for.
Speaking with others in an online community is another way to be active in a specific field. You may also contact your alumni association and attend local job fairs. Meeting with employers or getting your foot in the door by a referral are great ways to enhance your job search experience.
Try registering for LinkedIn to begin building your online professional network. You can get introduced to others faster by online recommendations.
Write A Thank You Letter
It is important to stay in contact with a potential employer and to write them a thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview (preferably by the end of the same day). This will keep you fresh in their memory and show that you have professional writing skills and etiquette.
Be sure to double check the date, address, employer and language in the letter because too many times applicants are sending letters without proofreading therefore severely hurting their chances of getting hired.
Keep it professional and sweet without sounding too overconfident.
Follow Up Phone Call
This should be done after you have interviewed and wrote a thank you letter. Employers are interviewing many candidates and in order for you to be fresh in their memory, it is a good idea to give them a call.
While the thank you letter should be sufficient enough (after all you have been through looking for a job), giving them a phone call is personal and polite. If they are on the fence regarding who to hire, the phone call may set you ahead of the other job candidate.