5 Things Every Job Seeker Needs to Know
By Jennifer Scott
SpouseLink Guest Blogger
Everybody knows that the process of job seeking can be a long and laborious task. For Military Spouses, it can seem even more daunting when you throw in the idea of potentially moving to a new duty location in the middle of your tenure with a company. Still, a career search can be exciting in the sense that your dream job might be just around the corner, but realistically in such a competitive market, it could take weeks, possibly even months.
However, to improve your chances of securing the job of your dreams, there are some key points we can explore — that every job seeker should know, so you can improve your chances of securing an interview and refining your overall search time.
1. Networking Is Key
One approach that many job seekers take is the sign up to job hunting websites to scroll through vacancies to apply for. However, a more effective approach may be to start your search a little closer to home. Whether you’re asking friends or family, you never know who might know someone that has a job vacancy waiting for you.
2. Social Media Is a Defining Platform
This is an increasingly popular point to mention, but when applying for roles, recruiters will check your social media profiles. In most cases, it’s a standard part of their recruitment process. This is because they can see who you are as a person and can get an idea of whether or not you’re suitable for their company culture.
“With checking accounts as such a standard practice, you’ll want to go through your social media profile with the eyes of a recruiter. If there’s anything you would deem inappropriate, you’ll want to remove it from your account,” shares Daniel Peterson, an HR manager for Best British Essays.
3. Using Writing Resources to Perfect Your Resume
Your resume is such an important part of the job application process and to secure an interview; you’re going to want to make sure that it’s perfect. Thankfully, you’re not alone. Whether you’re a skilled writer or a beginner, there is a tonne of tools that can help you edit and proofread your resume, so it’s ready to send.
Some of these resources include Grammarix, Resumention, Top Canadian Writers, Easy Word Count, Assignment Help, Via Writing and Academadvisor. Most of these services have professional writers or blogs that can help you to improve your skills.
4. Showcase Your Accomplishments
Another tip for when you’re writing your resume, don’t forget to be proud of things you’ve achieved during your career so far. In fact, put them at the top of each category. Gone are the days where you need to keep things in chronological order since recruiters want to make sure they’re employing the right people for the job.
By showcasing your skills, you can show the employer that you’re exactly the right person for the job. Don’t forget to edit each resume to make sure that it’s written to suit every single job vacancy that you apply for.
5. Pay Attention to the Company in the Interview
Just like your resume is the first impression of yourself that the company is going to get, the interview is your chance to have your first impression of what it will be like working in the company.
As a job seeker, you’re going to want a job that you can stay in for a while — and possibly one that will let you telecommute if necessary, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company culture or their policies to see if you’ll fit in. If you don’t like what you see or hear, it’s far better to simply cancel your application than attempting to work for a company that you know you’re not going to enjoy working for.
With this in mind, feel free to browse the company website and their social media pages. Most companies have them, and it will also give a clear insight into what it will be like working for the company.
Jennifer Scott works as online editor at Australian Reviewer. Also, she is a business developer that works in different areas of education, technology, security and various types of online marketing. Prior to business developing, Jennifer was consultant at Deloitte, and managed security services provider and developer of a wide range of security solutions.