Finding your next job can sometimes seem impossible. You’ve done everything right and still haven’t connected with the opportunity that’s a fit for you. If this sounds familiar, don’t panic. You’re certainly not alone. However, there are some steps you could be taking – that your competition might not be – to get ahead and get the Houston job you want. To help you in the process, here’s a look at nine of them:
#1: Personalize everything.
Every resume, cover letter, email and any other type of correspondence should be personalized to the company and the hiring manager. If you don’t take this approach and are more generic, using a template instead, you’re not going to stand out.
#2: Focus on fewer jobs.
If you’re applying to an endless stream of Houston jobs, you’re spreading yourself too thin and won’t be able to produce a customized cover letter and resume for everyone. Keep in mind that quality is better than quantity, every time, and only focus on those jobs that sound like a great match for you.
#3: Update your social media profiles.
It’s important to ensure that your social media profiles, like the one you have on LinkedIn, aren’t simply polished and professional, but also current, as well. In addition, they should align with your resume and application materials. If there are discrepancies, then it will leave hiring managers wondering.
#4: Leverage your network.
When it comes to your job search, your network is one of your biggest assets. Reach out individually to those within it and let them know you’re on the hunt for a new opportunity. Inform them about what you’re looking for and ask for ways they can help.
#5: Go beyond big job boards.
Don’t simply seek out jobs in Houston on the major job boards. Also look to niche industry and alumni websites, as well as social media. In addition, keep a stack of business cards with you everywhere you go in case you meet up with someone who knows of a new opportunity.
#6: Practice your interview skills.
You can have a great resume, but if your interview skills need some work, you’re not going to get the offer. So make sure you’re practicing ahead of time, even conducting mock interviews with a friend or family member and getting feedback.
#7: Share stories and facts.
During your interview, don’t be generic or vague. Instead, share stories and anecdotes related to your background and always try to quantify your experience with facts and figures.
#8: Follow up with a thank you.
Don’t forget to send out a follow up thank you note or email to the hiring manager. It might seem outdated to you, but it could be the one factor that sets you apart from the competition.
#9: Stay positive and be patient.
In the meantime, try not to obsess over your job search. Stay positive and be patient and right opportunity will come along.
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