Build a Strong Professional Network
Building a strong network can open doors or lead to job openings for you.
While doing that, don’t overlook adding family and friends to your network either!
Interacting with your network on a regular basis encourages them to keep you in mind when a position becomes open at their place-of-work.
Keep in mkind that many positions aren’t posted on job sites like Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com before they are filled!
Staying in touch is easy as using the phone, email, or social media sites like LinkedIn.
So, the more you keep in touch with your network, the greater your chances will be of land your ideal job.
Volunteer To Bridge the “Lack of Experience” Gap
Researching job descriptions can help you identify any experience that you may be lacking.
And any experience you lack may be gained through volunteering!
Even if you don’t receive recognition or compensation for volunteering, you should do it anyway.
Because volunteering shows your potential employer that you are productive and enthusiastic professional.
After you complete your volunteer assignment, update your resume immediately.
The sooner your resume shows you have the qualifications that a company is looking for, the sooner you will be receiving interview invitations.
Maintain a Well-Written Resume
Your resume must always be well written and error free.
Keep in mind that a poorly written resume may prevent you from getting an interview invitation even when you are qualified for the job!
Make sure to have someone with good writing skills to review your resume.
Even if you have to pay someone to review your resume, it will be worth it
Why? Because an error-free resume will always receive more attention over a poorly written resume.
Identify Your Employment Options
Before you apply for a job, make sure you can perform in the role you are applying for.
For example, for business analyst jobs you may be asked to:
- Analyze requirements and determine their impact on stakeholders
- Advice your organization over their corporate strategies
- Help your organization develop new business processes, procedures or systems
In this example, if your background is in Information Technology (IT), then a business systems analyst position may be a better fit for you.
Applying for jobs that you will succeed at instead of every job that seems to match your profile may help you get a job quicker or with less stress!
Once you decide on what you want to do, you can go to job sites to discover how many posted job descriptions match your ideal job.
Also use this information to highlight the skills and experience on your resume that proves you are the perfect fit for the job.
Take Advantage of Employee-Referral Programs
Take advantage of any employee-referral programs your company provides.
Keep in mind that employee-referral programs are designed to draw attention to your resume as quickly as possible.
Some employee-referral programs are a win-win outcome for both you and those who refer you (your employer).
Whenever this is the case, the employees who referred you will receive a cash award, special recognition or some other type of benefit for helping you get a job!
Conscientiously applying these five tips in your job search, will help you get more interview invitations and land your ideal job!
Wishing you success, IT Career Coach.