When a job seeker goes on the search in 2015, he or she must be prepared and find innovative ways to stand out among the crowd. Here are four ways for job seekers to be more successful in the new year.
Develop Internet Job Search Strategy
Rather than depending on in-person networking for job opportunities, a job seeker in 2015 needs to go where the masses are gathered. This, in the case of the 21st century, is on the Internet. For those looking for employment, social media sites including LinkedIn, professional blogs and Twitter offer a way to connect with others in a potential job market.
Stand Out From Other Job Seekers
To find a job, individuals need to think outside of the box, or the elevator in the case of the traditional elevator speech. As noted by US News Money, the elevator speech needs to be tailored to the industry and the job that is desired. Experts also recommend nixing traditional elements of an elevator speech, such as “years of experience” or “education at XYZ university,” so that the applicant can stand out. Instead, job applicants should discuss areas of value they have to offer businesses, in addition to adding content related to positives they can bring to a job.
Be Truthful On Your Application
Job seekers must tell the truth on their applications for jobs. Most organizations today perform background verification checks. If a background verification check reveals that a job applicant was not truthful on the application, then the job seeker will not get the job.
Job seekers should not jump the gun when choosing a job. After all, a job can make or break an individual’s career. Job applicants need to weigh the outcomes of any potential job. Travel requirements, time commitments, continued training needs, health insurance coverage, and opportunities for advancement are make-or-break points to evaluate when selecting an employment opportunity. Job counselors recommend that job seekers carefully consider the pros and cons of a job before making the final decision to accept.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide professional or legal advice regarding actions to take in any situation.