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These Effective Strategies Could Improve Your Job Search

Finding Available Jobs. Preparing Resumes and Cover Letters. Researching Companies of Interest.

The process of trying to get a job is challenging, right?

You’re putting forth your best efforts as you know how but haven’t yet been hired.

So what do you do as you continue your search?

Effective Job Search

You can look for ways to improve your tactics through evaluation – with the hope of becoming more successful in your job search.

An effective job search is essential in today’s market, and it’s good to make changes to these techniques when necessary.

When evaluating your search, it’s helpful to consider the tactics of others who’ve successfully transitioned from applicant and interviewee to employee. Upon learning their strategies for success, you can analyze and incorporate the ones you believe will assist you in moving forward in your job search.

How can you learn more about the tactics used by others who were successful in their search?

Effective Job Search Strategies

Read on!

A new study on Successful Job Seekers conducted by DeVry University’s Career Advisory Board shows the techniques of job seekers who’ve been successful in landing a job in this selective market.

As part of the Board’s research, the researchers surveyed over 500 diverse professionals in the United States placing them in two categories: active or passive job seekers. Upon receiving their responses, the researchers presented 5 key findings, which positively impacted the respondents in terms of securing a job offer.

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These Effective Job Search Strategies Could Improve Your Job Search
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Check out the 5 techniques below as reported by Business Wire in its Successful Job Seekers Reveal Job Search Strategies article. I must note the first 3 of the 5 key strategies I’ve listed below have been previously discussed here on the blog as they’ve proven beneficial for me in a prolonged job search.

Successful job seekers are selective and focus on specific targets.

  • Active job seekers were very selective about targeting individual companies and applying to open positions. More than one-half applied to five or fewer positions and two-thirds applied to 10 or fewer.
  •  Candidates believed matching their qualifications with job requirements was important; 90 percent of active job seekers wanted to be at least 75 percent qualified before applying for a position.
  • This targeted approach proved highly effective, as nearly one-third of active job seekers were interviewed for more than half the positions to which they applied.

Customizing job applications was a critical success factor in capturing employers’ attention.

  • Nearly 70 percent reached out to a contact person to find out more about the position, and approximately the same number (67 percent) submitted résumés containing keywords and skills listed in the job description.

Finding a job doesn’t need to be a full-time job, but it does require dedicated time.

  • While some career advisors suggest treating a job search like a full-time job, 45 percent of our respondents spent less than one hour a day and 47 percent spent one to three hours a day on search activities.
  •  However, the youngest respondents (18–26 years) spent much more time on job-search activities than careerists over age 41, many of whom spent less than an hour per day.
  • The majority of successful job seekers were meticulous in how they researched, identified and contacted desirable companies; 73 percent of respondents kept detailed files on each opportunity, and 64 percent maintained weekly to-do lists.

Showcasing both job-specific and interpersonal skills during interviews paints the most robust picture of candidate qualifications.

  • Once an interview had been secured, 84 percent of both active and passive job seekers updated or created new résumés that included keywords and skills listed in that specific job description.
  •  A majority of respondents prepared for interviews by reviewing the company’s website or Googling the company, and nearly one-half brainstormed concrete examples of how their skills matched the job description.
  • Most respondents seized the opportunity to display good business skills by emailing timely thank-you notes following an interview.

Successful job seekers don’t hide behind digital outreach; they use every opportunity to connect and be seen.

  • Somewhat surprisingly, most respondents did not uncover potential job opportunities through social media. Only 33 percent used LinkedIn “occasionally” or “frequently.”
  • Successful job seekers used a mix of search techniques such as querying friends, family and business contacts about companies, and attending in-person networking events, conferences and industry gatherings.

You can read more about their findings originally published on Business Wire – linked above and/or check out the Career Advisory Board’s Slideshare presentation below:

From Me to You: Job searching takes a lot of time and energy, so it’s important to conduct an effective job search. You’re seeking to succeed in your search and get back to work. So, it doesn’t hurt to consider the strategies of those who’ve actually succeeded – 5 of which are listed above.

Disclaimer 1: I am not an HR or Career Professional by training. When I write on job search topics, I write from the perspective of a job seeker with experience in job searching.

Disclaimer 2: This article contains outgoing links to the work of DeVry University on the following websites: Career Advisory Board, Slideshare, and Business Wire.

P. S. Are these strategies part of your job search or do you need to make adjustments? Please share below.