If you’ve been firing off resumes and scouring job ads without much success, it may be time to rethink your job search strategy. Here are five ways to search smarter, not harder, so you find better opportunities to land your dream job:
Reorganize your work week.
Doing the same thing over and over is likely to land you the same results. Instead, take your current search strategy and resolve to follow it only on Mondays. The other four days of the week, you’ll explore different search strategies. For example, perhaps you’ll read your current job boards on Monday, walk down to the local college to read their job postings on Tuesday, meet with a member of your professional network every Wednesday, then call staffing firms on Thursdays.
Get personal when it comes to networking.
Set aside one day a week to get together with a member of your professional network. Meet this person for coffee, a walk or a Skype chat. Talk about opportunities in your industry, tell them what you’re looking for and brainstorm ways you can do the work you’re interested in doing. You’ll keep personal connections strong and hear about new ideas from unlikely sources.
Brag up your accomplishments.
Overhaul your resume and cover letters. Anyone can list skills they have or duties they were assigned, but few people think to capture the attention of hiring managers by talking about what they’ve accomplished. Focus your job search materials on two or three key accomplishments that demonstrate the skills called for in the job description. You’ll show your dream employer that they can count on you to deliver – because you already have.
Consider temporary work.
Not sure what your dream job is or who your dream employer will be? Temporary or contract positions allow you to test drive a number of positions and employers, expand your professional network, build your resume and bring home a steady paycheck, all without disrupting your search for the perfect full-time position.
Talk to a recruiter.
Staffing firms specialize in finding out what job seekers want in their next job and connecting them to the employers that offer it. To supercharge your job search, call a recruiter. You’ll expand your professional network instantly and hear about some of the best local job openings – before they hit the major online job boards.
At Burnett’s Staffing, our recruiters can help you connect with opportunities to find your dream job – so you land the job offer in less time. Contact us today to learn more about our job opportunities in Arlington, Las Colinas and beyond.