New Year resolutions for 2018 are approaching, you might have a long list of what you want to change or achieve next year or just a few things you would be happy to live without.
If you are thinking of starting a job search in 2018, I have gathered some blog posts that can really help you out. Being able to get ready for these tasks require not only time management and energy but also a well-thought strategy, well-crafted marketing tools and being self-aware of who you are, what you want and how you can adapt to your job-market destination.
1. Which are 2018 resume trends?
Before starting crafting your resume or cv, research and select your targeted job positions to be able to produce a tailored CV.
Adrienne Tom a Chief executive resume strategist gives us 5 tips for modern resumes for modern times.
2. How can you attract recruiters to your LinkedIn profile?
Annie Fertig – Job-Hunt´s Social Media & Job Search expert breaks your activity on LinkedIn in 3 categories:
• Making yourself findable.
• Finding specific job opportunities.
• Gaining valuable business intelligence.
If you want to find out more follow the tips she´s sharing with us in job-hunt.org
3. Why you still need job boards in the era of LinkedIn
Although LinkedIn is a great tool that can build contacts and provide you with great information and job opportunities, we shouldn´t be leaving job-boards on the side.
As Tony Restell points out, “With the furor of LinkedIn we might forget about job-boards. However, if we are targeting small business check why is important you also use job-boards.”
4. The 5 best salary tools to know your worth
Knowing your worth is key to be able to negotiate your salary and future employee benefits. I often get that question from job-seekers, they might have a salary in mind, but they haven´t really checked the job market.
Nowadays we have online information that can really help us out, as Hillary Hoffover explains at Career Contessa there´s a lot to take in consideration- experience, cost of living, size of the company, culture etc.
5. What jobseekers need to know about ATS
You might have heard about ATS- Applicant Tracking Systems-they are helping companies to filter job applications. 90% of Fortune 500 rely on ATS, the larger the company the larger the chances you will find yourself through an ATS system. You can read how to customize your CV at careerimpressions.ca and to learn how to spot if you are through an ATS at jobscan.co
6. 4 ways to Strategically grow your network
If you thought finding a job would only imply to work hard on your marketing tools and being aware of all the new and shiny trends, you might feel disappointed to hear the networking message, yes, you really need to start networking and learning how to grow your network, online and offline.
Hannah Morgan´s advice at careersherpa.net is clear, “Start doing that before the needs hits you”.
7. 4 ways to follow-up after an application
82% of recruiters indicates that reflect well on a candidate when they get back in touch. So many times, during my workshops I get asked how to do the follow up. Here you have some guidance on reed.co.uk , using the email, the phone or social media, right timing and patience are key.
8. 5 ways your cover letter lost you the job
Do I really need to write a cover letter? This is a typical question I get asked during my workshops, I normally reply taking in consideration real life situations; are you applying spontaneously? are you targeting agency recruiters or corporate managers or HR? Is that a requirement?
In general, being able to craft a few paragraphs on the email you send with your attached resume increases the chances the person opens the attachment. So, I would say yes, knowing how to write a cover letter is a skill that can really pay off. Here you have 5 tips on what to do and what not to do.
9. Using a speculative approach to your job-search
I wrote about it a few months ago, if you are considering job-searching you shouldn´t be put off by starting a spontaneous job-search process. Tapping into the hidden market is important, many jobs and opportunities are not visible online, so being able to introduce a speculative approach might give you faster results than just waiting to get a reply from an online application.
10. How can I identify my transferable skills?
Finally, if you are interested in a career change or you are changing roles, you will need to work on identifying and explaining your transferable skills. It´s not enough knowing in your head that you can do the job, you need to show it on your applications and during your interviews. If you fail to do that you will get frustrated, don´t only rely on certificates or courses you can get under your belt, work on identifying previous experiences and situations where you have showed that skills.
If you would like to get personalized advice, don´t hesitate to drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love to hear from you and help you out on your path to get a new job in 2018!