Summer is finally here, the Covid-19 vaccine is slowly bringing back our normal life, and new job opportunities are appearing. If during the pandemic you lost your job, it seems that things could gradually normalize. How can you find your perfect job following this job search guide?
Not only are there new jobs emerging now that many businesses are reopening, but in many states, there are no longer enhanced unemployment benefits available. For these reasons, many are looking for a new to recover the salary they lost during the pandemic.
Whether you’re looking for a more demanding job, you’re looking for a career change, or you are in between jobs, there are a few steps you can follow to be successful in your search.
Before you begin your job search, review your social media profiles and check your privacy settings because potential employers may look at these pages.
The next steps you should take are:
Looking into jobs and employers
As you begin your job search, you’ll want to learn about the kinds of jobs that are available or how much you can expect to be paid in different positions or locations. For this here are online tools that will help you know the salary trends for specific jobs.
At the same time, it is important that you start to research companies that capture your interest. You may do this by visiting the company’s social media pages, checking the latest available news about the company, or talking with people who work there.
Searching for Jobs
Luckily all job offers are now available on the internet and there are even online tools to help you with the process. Following the pages of the companies, you are interested in will also inform you of any job opening there is.
Writing your resume
The next step in your job search is to create or update your resume. The purpose of a resume is to present your most relevant experiences, skills, relevant education, and certifications.
To ensure you get maximum exposure, the resume you present or publish (on LinkedIn, for instance) should be an all-purpose resume that’s rich in keywords employers are using in their job descriptions.
You may choose to create specific resumes for different job applications or adapt a video resume, for example, to fit each potential position.
Waiting for a response
An inevitable part of any job search is waiting for employers to get back to you. There is no time limit to long this may take, so it’s important to continue your job search in the meantime. Don’t let a refusal or no news at all discourage you.
Sometimes you may not have direct contact with anyone before your interview and will need to prepare for the meeting on your own. Other times, you may be communicating with a recruiter before your interview and this will give you the chance to ask them questions that will help you plan for your interview better.
Writing a cover letter
Including a cover letter is a traditional part of a job application that is not always necessary these days. As you go through your search, evaluate each job individually to determine if you need a cover letter. You can use the cover letter to significant achievements, address gaps in your resume, or explain why you’re attracted to the specific job and organization.
Applying for jobs
Today, mobile job applications are the norm, and once you’ve submitted your application, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to edit it. So be sure that you’ve completed it properly before taking that final step.
An important part of a successful job search is casting a wide net. Searching for a job is hard work, and consistently applying is a part of that effort.