If you made a resolution to find a new job in the New Year, you’re not alone. According to CareerBuilder.com, more than 22% of employees plan to find a new job in 2017. And, if you’re under 35 years old, that number grows to 35%.
So what can you do to improve your job search results in 2017?
WREG News Channel 3 had the same question. This week, I sat down with Marybeth Conley and Alex Coleman to answer this question. Watch the video here, and check out my 3 tips below.
- Do more than apply online. Sadly, companies have us conditioned to only apply online. They say, “Apply online. If you’re a fit, we will contact you.” But, the problem is, this rarely works. First, their online systems are flawed and very often, a human person never actually sees your resume. Apply online first, and then look for how you can apply offline. Look for the hiring manager on LinkedIn. Attend networking events where you might meet employees. Reach out to friends who work at the company you’re interested to work for. Applying online feels comfortable, but it rarely produces good results.
- Apply even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements. There’s a total gap here between employees and job seekers. Employers will lay out a laundry list of things they want in a candidate. They put the entire list out there because it’s ALL of the things they might like. But, rarely do they expect to find all of those qualities in one person. But, job seekers won’t apply because they can’t fulfill on every single desire. Stop worrying about meeting 100% of the qualifications. If you did, you might be overqualified. If you meet 70-80% and think you can do the job, apply! Let the company decide whether or not to bring you in for an interview.
- Look at your job search like a two way street. We’d never go on a first date wondering if the person would marry us right out of the gate. Why do we do that in job interviews? To improve the outcome of your interviews, take the time to also evaluate the company. Ask yourself what questions you have. Not only will it help you make a better decision, it will help you be more calm along the way.
Good luck with your job search in 2017! Start early to win the race!
Author: Angela Copeland
Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.