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7 Steps to Take to Increase Your Chances of Landing a Job

7 Steps to Take to Increase Your Chances of Landing a Job

John Mico Halili
Published on
July 8, 2022

Because of the recent pandemic, the job market has become even tighter and the competition for positions in good companies has never been fiercer.

If you’re worried that sending your resume to numerous companies isn’t good enough, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide that you can follow to increase your chances of getting hired!

01. Take advantage of the best sites to find job opportunities faster

It’s imperative to use the most optimal job search engines that can help you find the job of your dreams. To ensure that you’re taking full advantage of the job search engine’s functionalities, study the use of their advanced search options, and choose which job search engine is best for the type of job you’re looking for.

According to “The Balance Careers”, these are the top 10 job search websites of 2022:

Best Overall: Indeed

Runner-up for Best overall: Monster.com

Best for Employer research: Glassdoor

Best for Remote Jobs: Flexjobs.com

Best for Experienced Managers: Ladders.com

Best for Startup Jobs: Angel.co

Best for connecting directly with recruiters: LinkedIn

Best for Up-to-date Listings: Getwork.com

Best for recent college graduates: Scouted.io

Best for Hourly Workers: Snagajob.com

 

02.  Keep your job search “Focused”.

When you’re looking for a job in your favorite job search engine sites, make sure to use the “Advanced search options” to find jobs by using keywords that match your interests, the type of job you’re looking for, and the location where you want to work.

Narrowing down your search criteria will help you get more relevant job listings to review, and far less job listings that aren’t relevant to what you’re looking for.

Remember: Focusing on what kind of job you want will bring you a more satisfying work-life in the future!

 

03.  Build your professional brand

Make sure to create a LinkedIn profile, and tailor it in a way that it shows your interests, skillsets, and career goals.

Additionally, you’ll also want to clean up your social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. During the modern era of hiring, employers now conduct background checks through social media profiles as well, to ensure that they’re hiring the right people.

Now, we do understand that social media pages are for fun and socializing, it has now become imperative for job seekers to ensure that their social media accounts display their personal brand does not impede with their chances of landing a great job.

04.  Connect with your contacts

Once you’ve built your profile on your networking sites, you should connect with as many beneficial contacts as possible. You may also begin speaking to some of your friends that may help you get in touch with potential employers.

According to a research done by Forbes (2022) and LinkedIn (2022), 70-85% of job listings aren’t posted online at all. These positions are filled via networking and internal referrals.

Referrals are a powerful tool that anyone can use to land a job. Based on a research by Jobvite (2017), referrals are 5x more effective than all other sources of hiring, referrals are hired 55% faster than those hired through a career site, and at least 15.83% of the total hires of a company are done through referrals.

05.  Create a list of companies that you want to work for

Creating a comprehensive list of at least 15 companies that you’d love to work for gives you more time and energy to focus all your attention to acing the job interviews of these companies. Having the preparedness for the interview helps to impress your potential employers and learning about their company gives them the impression that you care about their company and are willing to go the extra mile for them.

If you can focus all your attention on your top 15 companies, it gives you a higher chance of landing your dream job!

06.  Take the time to target optimize your resume and cover letter

Write only relevant information on your resume, depending on the job that you’re looking for. It also helps to tailor your resume based on the company that you’re hoping to join.

Aside from that, you also need to write a targeted cover letter that specifically links your qualifications to the hiring criteria of the jobs you are applying for.

With one glance, the hiring manager will be able to see that you’re qualified, and why you’re the best pick for the job. You’ll have a much better chance of getting an interview by combining an optimized resume and a targeted cover letter than just sending out generic ones.

 

07.  Prepare for the interview

Taking the time to learn more about the company and prepare for your upcoming interviews will help you succeed. The more prepared you are, the less anxious you will be during the interviews.

Make sure to conduct a research on the company you’re interested in, dress appropriately for the job, practice answering common questions that interviewers often ask, watch videos on how to better prepare yourself for the interview, and make an effort to impress the interviewer with your ability to communicate yourself and your skills well.

 

Do you feel like you’re almost up to the task? If your answer is yes, then go out there and knock em’ dead!

But if you’re still looking to upskill or diversify your skillset, XPERTO is in partnership with several professional organizations that hold seminars and conferences that can help you with that!

Follow this link to learn more: https://app.xperto.ph/events

Sources

https://zety.com/blog/hr-statistics

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/steps-to-find-a-new-job-2060725

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-best-job-websites-2064080

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