Your Job Search Checklist
Recently, Manpower led a webinar titled, “Your Job Search Checklist from A to Z” where they moved through the alphabet offering job search tips for each letter. Here are highlights from the webinar.
Today’s Job Search
As a job seeker, having an online presence matters – 92 percent of US companies use social media to find talent.
Seventy percent of job seekers use mobile to search for jobs.
Job Search Checklist
About.me: A personal web hosting service that allows registered users to create one-page profiles that link to their other online profiles such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and YouTube. About.me is quite handy for job seekers who do not have a website or blog.
Branding: A personal brand (5 Initial Steps to Creating a Personal Brand) allows the job seeker to showcase what she is all about, and what she wants to be known for. According to Manpower, the seven components of a personal brand are:
Customization: Customization is important all the time, but especially so during a job search. Customize your resume and cover letter for each job that you are applying for and proofread so that they are error proof. Customize the link to your LinkedIn profile and other social media profiles.
Digital Footprint: Be careful of what you say online because you leave a behind a digital footprint. If a hiring manager or a recruiter viewed your Facebook page, would what they see make them want to hire you? As a rule, never say anything that you would not want your grandmother to hear.
Elevator Pitch: You have 15 to 30 seconds to make a great first impression and you want your listener wanting to know more about you. Read Creating a Killer Elevator Pitch.
Google: Google yourself regularly. Is the information you find accurate, current, and the type of information you would like others to view?
Homework and Interviews: Do your homework before you attend a meeting or go to an employment interview. Conduct company research, combing through the organization’s website, press releases, and company pages on social media platforms. Practice answering common interview questions. During the interview, ask questions and follow-up after the interview – send a thank-you note.
Keywords: Employers search for keywords and it is also a pre-screening tactic. Ensure that your resume has the appropriate keywords for the position that you are applying for.
LinkedIn: This is the number one professional networking site. Complete your profile, use a professional photo, build your personal brand, join groups and participate. In addition, make sure that your keywords are in your profile.
Networking: Build relationships with the people you meet. Give before you take. Ask good questions and keep your contact list current.
Results: Prospective employers care about results, so use lots of numbers in your resume – I have 10 years of experience, supervised 100 people, decreased cost by 25 percent, introduced a new program that increased revenues by 5 percent – get the picture?
Stress: Looking for a job is a full-time job so take time to recharge your batteries.
Updates: Update your resume, contacts list and status on social media platforms.
Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to network, acquire new skills, develop leadership expertise, build your resume, and give back.
YouTube: Watch career videos, learn about a company’s culture, news, history, and create a video about you – your personal video resume.
Interested in learning more? watch Manpower’s recorded webinar, “Your Job Search Checklist from A to Z.”