Youâ€™ve spent hours toiling over your resume, triple checking your LinkedIn profile, and practicing well-informed interview answers, but despite your best efforts, your cellphone isnâ€™t ringing and your inbox remains empty. If the same job search techniques are netting you a whole lot of nothing try taking a step back to reflect on which job search basics you may be neglecting.
Developing a Positive Online Presence. LinkedIn is a undoubtedly a fantastic starting point for any job seeker, but itâ€™s certainly not an end- at least thatâ€™s not how employers see it. According to a 2006 survey by ExecuNet, 77 of 100 executive recruiters used search engines to learn more about candidates, and 35 percent eliminated a candidate from consideration based on the information they uncovered online.
As the world becomes increasingly digital job seekers need to become increasingly vigilant about their online footprint- not just on LinkedIn, but everywhere. Before posting a status update or sharing photo on a social networking site (or elsewhere), take a moment to as yourself, â€œIs this adding value to the conversation and representing me in a positive way?â€
The importance of the online world goes far beyond managing your reputation on Facebook or Instagram, it also offers a unique opportunity to showcase your work and skills beyond the one page resume. Consider starting a website or a blog that demonstrates all the wonderful and unique contributions you can make, both as a person and a professional.
Getting Face to Face. As important as the online world is, getting good at the up close and personal is just as much a part of the job search process. You can spend all day browsing job boards and forums online, but none of it will be as powerful as having a meaningful face to face conversation. Once again, stay positive and add value- always. You never know where your next opportunity or recommendation (good OR bad) is going to come from.
Using Your Time Effectively. Itâ€™s easy to get caught up in the small, insignificant details during the monotony of the job search- trying 12 different fonts on your resume and checking out what it would look like in wingdings isnâ€™t really productive though, itâ€™s procrastination. Streamline your job search efforts by structuring your time effectively. Use a site like http://www.trud.co.uk/london/jobs/ that aggregates job listings you can spend less time searching and more time doing. The focus should be result producing activities- pitching, networking, interviewing, etc- not just shuffling around, browsing and reorganizing all day long.
Positivity. Looking for a job can be draining if not downright depressing at times, but bringing that negativity into the interview room wonâ€™t do anything for your hiring chances. Smiles and positivity come through in every form of communication, from interview to email- and they can go a long way. At the end of the day, itâ€™s not just a company that needs an employee, itâ€™s a person who needs a co-worker. Exude positivity as well as value.