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So many resumes, so few jobs. Let’s face it,
So how do you cut through all of the worthless garbage on
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Maximize Your Job Applications/Submissions
Here are three basic tips you can follow that will help you target your search. Planning and targeting your search should be on the top of your list:
your job searchplan and focus on your target companies first. No job searchplan? Take a look here first: Job Search Planning.
- Only apply for jobs that closely match your experience and/or education. While there will be an urge to apply for jobs that loosely fit your background, this is not the best way to spend your time.
- Don’t waste your time responding to older job listings. Any listing older than two weeks (and possibly even one week) has probably had dozens (and maybe even hundreds) of applications submitted. Focus on all relatively new listings. If you run out of new listings, you can revisit the older listings.
Minimize Your Use of
job search Boards
There are hundreds of
- Use no more than 3-5
job searchengines. Any more than that yields a diminishing return. A quick list of top sites to consider can be found here:
- At least one of the sites you use should be career-focused (such as finance or medical
- Leverage email alerts on
job searchsites. Use alternate days or time frames across the sites and create specifically targeted searches.
Launch a Marketing Campaign – It’s Not What You Know, It’s What People Think You Know
If you don’t have a
- What should your plan include? In addition to
your resumeand cover letter, you should have a list of your targeted companies (where you would like to work).
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- A good marketing plan includes an “advertising” campaign. While I’m not suggesting that you place a full-page ad in the NY Times, you should ensure that everyone who can help you find a job knows you are looking.
- Take a look at these books to get started:
Focus Your Search with Research
You should have a very good idea of where you would like to work prior to starting your search. This includes:
- A list of your dream companies. If you could pick the top 10 companies where you would like to work, which ones would be on your list?
- A list is great, but knowing which companies offer the best career opportunities for you should be one of your core criteria.
- Who wants to work for a crappy company? Make sure you also do research on companies you should avoid and companies that have a great reputation (the Best Places to Work)
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Maximize Your Network
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but your network is the best tool in
- Focus on those in your network who are in your field and can provide introductions and leads
- “Friend of a friend” works really well in a job search. Who in your network knows someone that can help you? Find out and cultivate those relationships
- Remember your list of dream companies from the topic above? Now is the time to leverage those in your network who can help you land a job at your dream company
- New to leveraging your network for
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