14 practical job hunting tips you should never miss

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Job hunting is a process of match between your professional profile and the position requirement of the company. But do you know that there two different perspective during this process, which are causing most job hunting failures?

One is the job hunter's perspective. From this perspective, you find job positions you are interested in, submit your resume and take interviews. The other is the employer's perspective. The employers publishes positions, collects resumes, screen resumes by ATS (applicant tracking system) and HR, interview by hiring manager and team. All the failures of practical job hunting are results of the neglect of the gap between the two perspectives. This article will share 15 practical skills to bring down the gap, and make you stand out among the candidates.

1. Set career strategy

Career strategy helps you achieve your career goal efficiently. For example, if your career goal requires both technical background and people management skills, you have the option to choose which area to prioritize in different stages. You may choose a strategy to explore a most viable path towards your career goal. Selecting the positions serve the best for your career strategy will present you as a highly motivated candidate matching the position from the perspective of employers.

2. Customize resume

Customizing your resume for the job position you are applying can be challenging while rewarding. You need to figure out the requirement of the position and link to your experience, then optimize resume accordingly. The customized resume has a much better chance to pass the resume scan and resume checker of ATS, HR and impress the hiring manager, thus wins you the job interviews.

3. Set job hunting goal

Job hunting should have goals. The goals can be company, job title, job responsibility, location, compensation, etc. Set the goals clear beforehand may help you prioritize your effort among the job positions available. It may also help you make decision when you need to choose from an offer when approaching the ending stage of job hunting.

4. Make a difference among other candidates

For a specific position, job hunting is a game among you and other applicants. Make a difference from the other candidates help the employer prioritize you in their recruiting pipeline. Keep in mind that the employer is not for the best candidate, but for the candidate who match its organizational need the best. For example, some position prefer candidate who is fresh while eager to learn new skills; some position prefer candidate who is good at both leadership and execution experience. A successful candidate is always good at identifying such preference, and presenting himself/herself accordingly with their resume and interview conversations.

5. Stay proactive

Staying proactive in job hunting exposes you more and better opportunities. Reach out to your network earlier to take informational interview about jobs and companies for your job hunting. Sometimes your network is happy to endorse you when you apply to the positions in the same company.

6. Focus your search

There are many sources of job positions, like virtual job board, job search engine, and career pages of company website. Tracking so many sources can be overwhelming, while applying all the positions will inevitably reduce the quality of your qualifications. On the contrary, focus your application may win you a better chance for interview. When using search engines, narrowing the scope of the search criteria, not only to save your time, but also to match related tasks more accurately and faster. Job location, desired salary range, industry are typical criteria.

7. Update your public profile regularly

Updating your public profile may not only present your audience the most accurate information, but also attract the attention of potential employers and win your profile a valuable impression. The best practice is to update the profile when you hit milestone of your work or career.

8. Reach out for opportunities

Always reach out for opportunities. It does not hurt at all to ask for referral. On the contrary, employers prefer referred candidate, who usually have a better to meet the hiring bar and have a better culture fit. You may even consider attending local meet-up to build new connections and seek opportunities.

9. Develop professional profile

If you are a person who is good at expressing, good at communicating and presenting yourself, then some social platforms are also a good channel for your self-branding. For example, personal websites, personal blogs, personal official accounts, etc.; you can promote yourself, market yourself, post your own works and success stories here, let your perspective employer to be attracted by your profile and reach out to you. Maybe there will be many unexpected gains.

10. Take relevant experience

Many people are rushed to find a job due to the pressure of living and renting. The job that is easy to find is not ideal. In the long run, it is not worth the gain. It turns out that the time was wasted after a few years, with respect to their career goal.

You may consider short-term jobs and some part-time jobs, and do not easily decide to work in unsatisfactory companies or positions. This will not only solve the problem of life pressure, but also give you enough exposure to the relevant field. You may even have the opportunity to transfer yourself from temporary workers to a full time employee.

11. Research companies

If you are invited for an interview, remember to check the company information in advance, including the company’s cultural background and reputation, etc. Evaluate whether it would provide a proper platform for your career; at the same time, it may also help you with some interview questions like "how do you choose our company?"

12. Make an executable plan

Job hunting can last to a long time, and it will inevitably lead to slack. Setting an executable plan helps us go through the process, such as how many resumes to submit every day, and how many interview questions to prepare every week. In this way, you are not dwelling on worries like "Why There is no news yet". You just need to know your success is coming sooner or later.

13. Stay positive with patience

Finding a dream job is not easy. You may encounter various problems and difficulties, and feel very frustrated. But remember, everyone has gone through this stage. Finding a job is a two-way selection process. The other party can choose you, and you can also choose him. It is always right to strengthen your own ability. It is always good to keep a positive attitude while being patient.

14. Skip position does not match

Skipping position does not match might looks very obvious. However, during job hunting, some candidates are easily distracted by positions which are plausibly a sound match. However, when they explore such positions, it turns out that there is a significant gap between the candidate and the position. This does not only waste your time and effort but also might eliminate your opportunity to apply to other position of a better match in the same company.

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Job hunting is tough. Plan and prepare from the perspectives of both you and the perspective employers may win you a better chance to achieve successful outcome through the job hunting. TalentClout hereby wish everyone find the job they well deserve.