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Many of us are lucky enough to have never needed to type our resumes on a typewriter, highlighting how much we take for granted in the digital age. The ease and speed of today’s job hunting can make us overlook the complexities and time-consuming efforts required in the past. However, navigating the digital
- Optimize Your
LinkedIn Profile: Ensure your LinkedIn profile is complete, with a professional photo, detailed work experience, skills, and endorsements. Use keywords relevant to your industry to improve visibility.
- Create a Digital Portfolio: Build an online portfolio to showcase your work, projects, or research. Platforms like Behance or GitHub (for coders) allow you to display your expertise attractively.
- Engage on Professional Networks: Beyond LinkedIn, join industry-specific forums and online communities. Regular engagement can help you stay updated on trends and connect with potential employers.
Job SearchApps: Leverage mobile apps for job searching. Apps like Indeed, Glassdoor and LinkedIn Jobs offer personalized job alerts and easy application processes.
- Follow Companies on Social Media: Follow target companies on platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. It’s a great way to learn about company culture and upcoming job openings.
- Participate in Virtual Job Fairs: Attend online job fairs and networking events. These events are opportunities to meet employers, submit resumes, and even interview virtually.
- Utilize Video Interview Tools: Familiarize yourself with video interview platforms like Zoom or Skype. Practice your on-camera presence and ensure you have a professional background and good lighting.
- Sign Up for Email Alerts: Many job boards and company career pages allow you to sign up for job alerts. Specify your job preferences to receive relevant openings directly in your inbox.
- Apply with a Digital Resume: Tailor your resume for each application and make sure it’s ATS-friendly. Use clear formatting and include keywords from the job description.
- Enhance Your
Skillswith Online Courses: Take online courses to fill any gaps in your skills or learn new ones. Platforms like Coursera or Udemy offer courses that can bolster your resume.
Tip #1 – Make Your Resume Accessible
Your resume and other job search documents should be accessible to you no matter where you are. Additionally, while you will want to limit how many
- 5 Ways to Leverage the Internet in Your Job Search – Take a look at this CareerAlley post with lots of alternatives for making your resume easily accessible.
- Company Career Centers – Use this list of Company career sites from CareerAlley to pick the companies you want to work for. Go directly to their profile page, and enter your profile set notifications for new jobs. This way, you will get an email when there is a job match for a company you want to work for
Tip #2. Use
Job Search Bots
Most job search engines can deliver personalized job search results (job alerts) to your mailbox similar to, but a little different, company career sites. The advantage is that you can set up very specific criteria and have several searches. This allows different slants on your search (whether it be different cities, industries, or types of jobs). The trick is to keep this in balance so that you are not getting too many emails from these job alerts.
- How to Use Indeed.com for Your Job Search – Some specifics on using indeed.com (take a look at part 2 as well)
Tip #3 – Leverage Social Media
Social networks should be a major part of your job search as well. You should leverage your social networks (in the right way) to both, cultivate your professional network (who may know about opportunities that you do not) as well as to look for jobs. You will know some of the information listed below, but leverage tips to focus your search.
- Top Tips to include on your LinkedIn profile – This article provides some great tips for leveraging LinkedIn for your job search.
- 4 Tips for Utilizing Social Networking Outlets for Your Job Search – Some great tips on creating/changing your profile and using social networks to brand yourself for a job search.
Tip #4 – Do your homework – research companies
You need to have a pretty good idea about where you want to work and the types of companies you would like to work for. To do this, you need to do a fair amount of research on companies. Between company sites and other resources (like
- 8 Resources to Help Find the Right Company for Your Next Job – This article provides eight resources on how and where to conduct your company research.
Tip #5 – Leverage Smartphone Apps
Smartphone apps are the best way to keep your job search going when you are away from your desktop. Consider the tools you will need.