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8 Tips for Finding a New Job in 2018

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Are you still looking for a job and not having any luck? Worried that you’re doing something wrong? It’s more than likely you’re not doing anything wrong but that you’re just doing the same thing as everyone else. So how do you stand out above the others? Here are some tips for finding a new job in 2018.

1. Use What You Have

Now that we have the internet with us, looking for a job is far more straightforward than it once was. Companies will use their websites and social pages to advertise jobs. You also have the help of other platforms. Use social media to help your search. Set up a LinkedIn, network on Facebook groups and retweet posts on Twitter. Additionally, there are plenty of job boards out there that can help you with your search.You can also search for specific locations where the job you are eyeing on is in demand. For example, an average salary rate of a software engineer can reach to $91K per year in places like Colorado. Make use of all the channels available.

2. Tailor Your Resume

Even when you’re looking for jobs in the same industry, you need to tailor your resume for each different role. Make sure that it matches up with specific roles and their requirements. Don’t use the same generic resume for each application. When you tailor yours for each role, you will be a step ahead.

3. Know How To Write A Cover Letter

Your cover letter should not read like your resume. You need to provide the manager with a more detailed background of who you are and why you fit the role. You should talk about why the company appeals to you and how your values align with theirs. Always include a call to action that implies you are eager and want to talk further about the position. When a job doesn’t ask for a cover letter, add one in any way and get ahead of the other candidates.

4. Preparation Is Key

There are few things you should do before you are going in for an interview. Firstly, research the company you are interviewing with. This isn’t just the work they do, but also includes their clients, other employees, previous campaigns, how long they’ve been around for and their mission statement. Plan and prepare for common and challenging interview questions that may come up in the interview.  Research the person who is interviewing you. Having some knowledge about the individual can help significantly.  Practice answering questions while alone so you can feel less stressed when you’re in the room with the interviewer.

5. Ask More Questions

You should want to know more information about the role; if you are not curious at all, it could be a sign the position is not for you. Asking questions and showing interest helps the interviewer to see your eagerness and that you would be an invested employee. Don’t ask questions and you might come across as disengaged.  You can ask questions about growth opportunities, who you will be working with, tasks, or even some challenges you might face.

6. Identify Your Skill Sets

Searching for a job typically involves looking around for job titles that sound most fitting to career goals. While this method has been successful in the past, it’s wiser to look at the skill set required for the position. Employers will be able to identify the skills the individual already possesses and which job that person is best suited to, if at all. If you feel you need to improve in some areas or get a step ahead of your competition, try some online courses with Upskilled.  Furthermore, you need to understand that job titles are continually changing, and you could open a broader range of roles if you break it down into skills.

7. Narrow It Down

You don’t need to apply for every single job opening that pops up. Try to narrow down your search and apply for the best ones only. Make sure they suit your skill set and align with your career goals. Make sure the role is right for you and check out the clients, culture, company and other employees. Why do employees like working there? Why don’t employees like working there? There comes the point where you might not be able to be too picky, but it’s worth finding something that suits you.

8. Keep The Job Listing

You should always keep the job listing and refer to it. What do they want and what do you need to be able to do? The job listing will remind you of these things. Copy and paste the listing, save it online or screenshot it. Refer back when you are writing your resume or preparing for an interview. Employers will often take down the listing after they have got a good number of applicants.

Standing out above other candidates isn’t hard with these simple tips. Good luck with the search!

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