We know there are countless websites dedicated to helping you land your dream job. Often this information is wholly overwhelming, and you could scroll through tips and tricks forever. However, it may be simpler than you’ve been led to believe.
Here are some quick, easy, and effective tips that are incredibly easy to apply. Trust us, these practical strategies can pack quite an impact.
Perfect Your LinkedIn Profile
If there’s one social media presence you should care about the most it’s LinkedIn. (Well, that and ensuring your other profiles have adequate privacy settings and don’t publicly display inappropriate content.) Seriously, LinkedIn is a fantastic way to get your foot in all the right doors.
Here you’ll want to make sure your profile looks up-to-date, clean, and includes the same information as your résumé. Try to make some solid connections and get some good recommendations on your page as well. The more you interact with the site, the better.
Need more tips on using LinkedIn? Check out our post on improving your LinkedIn Profile.
Custom Tailor Your Résumé
Your LinkedIn should match up with what your résumé says, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do some customizing. In fact, you should likely have several different versions of it.
Look at your résumé like it’s a template you can custom tailor for specific jobs to which you’re applying. Try to put an emphasis on specific skills and qualities that are mentioned in the job post or application. Also, make sure the most relevant information is the closest to the top.
Of course, don’t forget to print and proofread every time you make edits.
Always follow-up with a thoughtful thank-you note anytime you land an interview. If you can, handwrite a quick note to everyone you met during your visit to the company. At the very least, thank the most important ones – like your recruiter or interviewer. Make sure you do it ASAP, too – ideally the same day.
If it’s not practical to deliver handwritten cards, it is okay to send an email.
Be Your Best Self
Your personality speaks volumes when applying for a job. In just about every case, those who are hiring are looking for candidates that fit their company’s culture.
Sure, some folks will tell you to “fake it ‘til you make it.” Unfortunately, if you aren’t a legitimately good fit, you likely won’t last long in a new workplace.
Do, however, make sure you’ve researched the company’s culture as much as you can though. That way you can let the right aspects of your personality really shine through the most. If it’s a laid-back company, you probably don’t need to appear all straight-laced and serious.