Finding a job doesn’t just happen by magic (wouldn’t that be awesome?). It takes hard work, smarts and what I call a kickass commitment to find a job no matter the hardships or the length of time it may take. Josh Tolan the CEO of Spark Hire, a UK based video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online has come up with 5 game changing strategies for successful job seekers. I am pleased to share Josh’s strategies in this week’s blog.
❶ Know Your Goals
Before setting out on a protracted job search, ask yourself what you really want out of your career. It might seem silly, but perhaps you don’t know your own goals and aspirations as well as you think. By spending some time focused on exactly what you want to get out of your job search, you’ll avoid taking the wrong job and getting stuck on a career path which doesn’t fulfill you. This is also a great chance to think about whether you should stay on your current path or switch industries. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re truly dedicated and passionate about your goal and you’ll be one step closer to achieving it. For more about goals read my post 3 Goals for 2013
❷ Never Stop Networking
Networking is a great way to discover hidden job opportunities and to set yourself apart from the pack. It’s important to resolve to make 2013 the year you really focus on building up your circle. Network in person and through social media and make sure to remember to follow-up with your contacts in order to keep them fresh. This way, when a great opportunity opens up, you’re smiling face is the first they imagine. For more about networking read my post 5 Ways to Power-up Your Networking in 2013
❸ Nail The Elevator Pitch
If you’re going to be networking up a storm in 2013, it’s important you have your elevator pitch down cold. Your elevator pitch is the concise way you introduce yourself to new contacts. Make sure you have all the vital information about yourself, but don’t ramble on! You want to make an impression quickly so the conversation can move on from the introductions. This will also be helpful in the interview process, whether it’s in person or through online video, when the interviewer asks you to tell them a little bit about yourself.
❹ Get Visual
Visual media is everywhere you look now, from your college friends posting Facebook pictures to your grandma merrily pinning away on Pinterest. Everyone is obsessed with visual media, and the job search isn’t much different. If you can find a way to make an impression visually, you’ll be more likely to grab the attention of hiring managers. Look into infographic resumes, make sure your social media profiles sport professional pictures, and record a video resume to show off your communication skills. Remember a picture (or video!) can tell a thousand words, so make sure your images are saying the right things.
❺ Develop a Social Media Plan
Social media is an ever-increasing part of daily life. From keeping in contact with friends to networking with potential contacts, social media is an important tool to stay in touch. Make sure you’re not just using social media on a whim when it comes to your job hunt.Take some time to make a workable social media job search plan. This could include groups you should join, discussions you should add to, or Twitter chats you should monitor. Don’t think social media is a magic bullet that will land you a job with no effort! For more about social media read my post Have you Googled yourself lately?
The Bottom Line — Give Yourself a Break
Job hunting is tough, make no mistake. If you spend 100 percent of your time hunting for a job, you will burn out. Don’t forget to relax and take a break occasionally. Make time for the things which are important to you, so you can return to the search refreshed and ready to snag your dream job!
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Marben Bland is a social media banding, job search and recruiting expert. He has helped scores of businesses and people market better to achieve game changing results. For more go to www.marbenbland.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org