Job searches today need to be focused. Employers expect candidates to know what they are looking for and to demonstrate how they would add value to the organization.
Wherever you are in your career, and whether you are considering a specific path or multiple paths, here are five steps you can take to help focus and structure your search:
- Research: Research and explore career paths on LinkedIn and by reading professional association websites and current job postings. Use the O*NET website to research specific occupations. Learn more about a company by researching its website, related news and executive team or board.
- Network: Many jobs are filled by referral, so making personal connections is important. Contact alumni at the companies you are targeting for insight about the role or the corporate culture. Alumni can also provide advice as you explore jobs or career paths. Don’t forget to pay it forward too!
- Use targeted job postings: Try searching for openings on company websites, or job boards that focus on a specific role or industry. This helps you focus immediately on job postings that are more likely to fit your interests.
- Tailor: Each resume and cover letter should be tailored to the job you are using it for so you can demonstrate your ability to do the job. Include related accomplishments to show you produce results!
We think these strategies will be helpful and hope you’ll give them a try!