It’s a new year, a new you, and a new job may be on your horizon. Since January to April is the peak hiring season for most industries, now is the time to apply for a new job or make a career change.
Besides updating your resume and LinkedIn account, Forbes has a useful list of 10 unconventional (but effective) tips for job seekers:
Be vulnerable. Ask for advice before applying for any job, especially if you have a connection with someone inside the company.
Don’t always follow your passion. Passion can develop overtime, and pursuing a career based on your passion can be a rewarding experience. If you’re not confident in your passions, check out the free quiz offered by Clarity on Fire. Still not ready to drop everything and pursue your passion? Look for positions that align with your innate strengths.
Create your position. Study the industry you want to get into, and a company or two. Start tackling solutions to problems they face and make yourself known, with no expectation in return. You’ll impress them and get noticed!
Learn how to listen. Listen carefully, closely, and don’t interrupt. You’ll learn a lot!
Start at the top and move down. HR can be a road block because they aren’t typically the employees making the hiring decision. Network and get your resume to the right person - the decision maker.
Build a relationship with the administrative assistant. They usually hold the respect of the managers and “higher ups.” Be respectful, professional and courteous!
Don’t apply for a job as soon as you find it. Take a day or two to research the company and make connections with its employees first (think LinkedIn). Then apply.
Focus on body language. This is incredibly important. Be confident and professional in your body language. You can also learn how the interview is going by paying attention to the interviewer’s body language.
Don’t focus on finding a job you love now. The “get-your-foot-in-the-door” job may not be glamorous, so you may have to settle for a different job than what you want. Then, you can apply for the other job later.
Become their greatest fan. Becoming a loyal follower and supporter of their brand may lead to you becoming their next employee!
These are all great tips to boost your chances of landing that new job. What tips do you have to help job seekers? We would love to hear from you! Just comment on this article or shoot us an email.