There are several million job openings every month in the US, but it takes an average of 6 months to be hired. Turn to these tips from LinkedIn on how to stay in the game.
- Update both your resume and your LinkedIn Your resume should be specific to the job opening; your LinkedIn page should be more general.
- Job Alerts can be set up in your LinkedIn account, and make sure to install the mobile app as well.
- Read the news about the industry within which you want to work, so you have plenty to talk about in your interviews.
- Look Professional in your photo. Smile, dress appropriately, and take the photo in a bright space.
- Be Descriptive and aspirational in your statements on your profile page.
- Recommendations will enhance your profile, so ask past supervisors for one and then reciprocate with either a recommendation or an endorsement.
- Include everything in your education section: schools, degrees, majors, relevant courses.
- Build your network connections with these 3: people who know you well, people who are willing to connect you to others, and people with specific knowledge in your industry of choice.
- Job Leads can be found through former bosses, colleagues/friends, and cold contacts – someone who is connected in a way that may benefit you (find something in common with the cold contact, be direct in your message, offer something in return).
- Have an Interview? Keep these three things in mind: use anecdotes to leave a strong impression, own your weaknesses, keep the conversation relevant.
- Ask Tough Questions – such as, “what can I learn from working here?”
- Thank you notes are a must, and the sooner the better.
One last piece of advice:
Use the S.T.A.R. Structure for effectively answering interview questions.
(S)ITUATION: Describe a scenario where you used your skills and experience.
(T)ASK: Briefly describe the challenge you faced and how you succeeded.
(A)CTION: Describe the actual steps you took to solve the problem.
(R)ESULTS: Demonstrate the outcome with facts and data if available.
For other great tips on a successful job search, check the Beyond The U Blog!