- Use different keywords and symbols that yield different results (“, +, -, $, or).
Different keyword combinations with strategic use of symbols will yield different results. Use long-tail keywords and be specific. The more general you are (i.e., “manager”) the more you’ll get results that don’t pertain to you. You’ll be sifting through 10,000 jobs, most of which you won’t get. You’ll become frustrated. It’s better to have only 100 to look at but pertain to you. That way, you can concentrate on tailoring your resume to each of those.
For example, you can use manager+training, manager-training, “training manager,” “manager or training,” or “customer service” IT+training or manager $50,000+. See how specific it can get? This can get super complex, so shoot me a message if you want to know the ins and outs.
2. Use multiple sites and cast a big net.
There will be some overlap, but different sites can have some different postings. Some of the best postings aren’t on job boards at all – you have to know where to go (i.e. a company career site).
3. Tailor your resume and cover letter for EACH posting.
If you blanket every posting with the same resume, you’re going to hear crickets. If you make your search specific and take the time to customize your approach, it will be worth it.
4. Put a (daily) time limit on searching.
The job search can be addicting. You could spend endless hours looking. If you don’t set some boundaries, you’ll go nuts. It’s a process that requires you to search as part of your daily routine while still living your life. When you stop living your life it’s easy to get depressed, especially if you aren’t hearing back from employers. You’ll start to see the same postings over and over. I recommend about 30-60 min per day, but no more. If it’s daily and in short spurts, you’ll catch jobs as they’re new, be a first-applicant, yet will avoid spending swaths of time looking at the same stale jobs over and over.
5. Be patient and expect some rejection.
A lot of people think that because they have a professional resume that suddenly the process gets easy. WRONG. A great resume will increase your chances by about 40%, but it’s still a process. This is especially true for higher positions. There’s a bottleneck there. At higher-level positions there are a higher percentage of qualified applicants all vying for fewer positions. So you’ve got to be buttoned up.
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