Ten Job Search Hacks Everybody Needs To Know
January 29, 2018
If you job hunt in 2018 the way you did in 2005, your job search will last a long time.
You have to adopt a new job search strategy and tactics now!
Here are ten job search hacks everyone should know.
1. LinkedIn Headline-Writing For Job Seekers
If you're not working right now, you can announce your job search status right in your LinkedIn profile. Don't use "Seeking Next Position" or any other headline that's so general we can't tell what you do for a living. Use your precious LinkedIn headline real estate to tell us, like this: "Recruiter/HR Manager In Search of New Challenge."
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2. Let Headhunters Know You're On the Market
Use this link to tell recruiters you're available!
3. How ToRepoYour Salary In An Online Job Applicatithout Reporting Your Salary)
When you fill out an online job application that requires you to plug in past salary numbers, use your current target salary every time. Let's say your current salary target is $50,000. Fill out the application using the figure $50,000 in every "past salary" field. In any open comment box (even if you have to start a new, past employer section) explain: "All salaries indicated in this form represent my current salary target."
4. How To Answer The "Salary Question"
If a recruiter asks you "How much are you earning now?" answer this way: "In this job search I'm focusing on jobs in the $50K range. Is this job in that range?"
5. How To Un-Blind A Blind Job Ad
When you see a "blind" job ad that doesn't include the employer name, look for any non-boilerplate language that might identify the firm.
If you find a non-standard phrase used to describe the company or the role anywhere in the job ad, like "one of the midwest's premier stick dynamite makers," grab that entire phrase and plug it into a Google search with quotation marks before and after it. Using the employer's own marketing verbiage may get you directly back to their website.
6. How To Brand Yourself For The Job You Want
The two loudest messages about your brand (who you are, what you do and how or why you do it) that appear in your resume come right at the top.
They are two of the first things a hiring manager or recruiter will read when they open your resume. Those two branding elements are the title you give yourself for this version of your resume, and the Summary you write at the top of your resume to introduce yourself to the reader:
I've been working with production and supply chain management since I joined Wiggly Devices in 2006. Most recently I built the first inventory control database and process for Angry Chocolates, and now that Angry has been acquired by Not Altogether Satisfied Goodies, I'm looking for my next challenge.
Note that this job seeker has never held a job with the title Production Scheduler. She chose that title for herself, for this version of her resume because she's qualified for Production Scheduler jobs and those are the jobs she wants. The reader can scan down her resume to see how she is qualified to call herself and think of herself as a Production Scheduler now.
7. How To Set Your Salary Target
Before you go after any particular job, look up the jobs you are interested in on Salary and Paysa to see what these jobs pay. That way you'll be able to give a recruiter a salary target that fits in the range your desired jobs typically command.
8. How To Bring Up The Topic Of Money
By the second interview you and any prospective employer should get down to the topic of money. If they don't ask you what you're looking to earn, ask them "Is this a good time for us to sync up on compensation?"
9. How To Stay Calm During A Job Interview
Don't walk into a job interview hoping to make the best of it and answer the interviewer's questions to the interviewer's satisfaction. That is far too modest a goal! Your objective in any job interview is to learn as much as you can about your hiring manager's pain, and then tie that pain to one of your brilliant stories from a previous triumph.
Be ready to ask smart questions about the work, the challenges, the internal and external customers, the manager's goals and the department's current problems. Don't sit in your chair like a meek little mouse and answer questions. Your nerves will disappear if you have a mission to carry out -- and you follow through with it.
Your interviews will be far more human, engaging, warm, real and effective when you stop trying to impress the interviewer, and talk about real business topics instead!
10. How To Send The Perfect Post-interview Follow-up Letter
Write to each person you met at your interview. Mention something specific they told you. They'll remember stories they told you more easily than stories you told them.
Thanks for chatting with me on Thursday about the Production Scheduler position on your team. I especially enjoyed your thoughtful description of the chocolate extrusion process. I'm excited to learn more about Angry Chocolates and your plans for distribution beyond North America.
In my last job at Acme Explosives, I set up the distribution for a 22-state region and reduced our inventory costs by over $2,000,000/year. I'm looking forward to continuing the conversation with you and your team. Thanks again for a lively conversation!
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