9 essential tips for job hunting success

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Looking for a new job can be as daunting as deciding which selfie to tweet – but by following these steps you are much more geared to find your dream.

1. It may go without saying, but the most important component to a successful job hunt is figuring out what you really want to do. Get a crystal clear idea of the industry, role, and responsibilities that inspire you and fit your skill set. If you don’t know what you want, you can’t go after it.

2. Update your resume. Important things to think about are clean formatting and highlighting tangible results. Don’t use comic sans font, include your date of birth, photos or interests, and stay tuned for more resume tips in my next article.

3. Customize your cover letter for each position you apply for. Keep it to three snappy paragraphs that highlight how you stand out from the crowd. Make sure you have a hook that shows why you’e perfect for the job (use the job description as a launch pad for what you want to showcase in your cover letter).

4. Google yourself and make sure your social image and brand profiles are updated, current and professional. Do you really want your future employer looking at the pictures you took on Friday night?

Keep in mind that your voicemail and email address should also be professional and appropriate. If your email is ihearttequila@…com, consider upgrading to a more appropriate address.

5. Reach out to your network. Aside from leveraging a recruitment firm like Holloway Schulz, you’re most likely to get a job through a referral or contact. This could be family, friends, friends of friends, or your cousin’s boyfriend’s Mom’s best friend. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth.

6. Post your new resume on job boards and LinkedIn, and set up search alerts so you’re notified when suitable positions become available. Twitter is becoming a great place to look for jobs as well as many companies tweet job postings, so follow companies you’re interested in.

7. Join as many relevant associations and groups as you can, and try to network in the area of your expertise as often as possible. For example if you are looking for an Admin job in Vancouver the local chapter of IAAP and the Vancouver Board of Trade are great resources. Meetups are another great resource as there are business groups for many different professionsand industries.

8. Prepare your references ahead of time and follow up with them to ensure they’re still a glowing recommendation. Recommendations on LinkedIn are a fantastic way for future employers to get a sense of who you are before meeting you as well.

9. Stay positive, stick to a routine, and dedicate time daily to your job search.

Always remember that the perfect job will be a great fit for both you and your employer. This doesn’t usually happen overnight so don’t settle for a job that isn’t perfectly suited for you. The right one is out there and if you follow the tips above you’re well on your way!

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Lana Bradshaw Lana Bradshaw is the Managing Director of Holloway Schulz & Partners, the executive search division of the largest staffing company in the world. She has 10 years tenure in the recruitment industry and is Vice Chair of the Children’s Wish Foundation [BC & Yukon Chapter]. She’s published numerous business articles, and has a blog answering employment questions on Dear Lana [lanabradshaw.com]. She’s also a finalist for The Women of Distinction Awards [2014] and the Volunteer of the Year award for outstanding commitments to philanthropy.
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