Resolve to search smarter, not harder.
Rookie job hunting mistake #1: sending your resume to any company with a vacancy. Rather than throwing your resume at recruiters and hiring managers hoping someone somewhere will want a candidate like you, reverse roles. Research companies where you would love to work; consider a company’s product, their mission statement, corporate culture, whatever is important to you, and work backwards.
Tailor your resume to include relevant information according to the unique guidelines set forth by the search. You may find that a particular skill or set of credentials you don’t yet have is necessary for each of the positions. Take note of the job descriptions’ qualifications, and look for opportunities for self-growth such as networking events or classes. Utilize the language in the job descriptions on your own resume and cover letter.
It’s never too late to start on these 3 Job Seeker New Year’s Resolutions
- I will make a list of qualities a company may have that are most appealing to you (e.g. work/life balance, flexible hours, lots of travel, location)
- I will keep track of the “buzzwords” that appear on job description I come across and will include them, whenever relevant, on my own professional documents
- I will tailor my resume according to the job I am applying for, recognizing that each search is unique in its requirements