5 Job Hunting Techniques for Landing your Dream Job

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Do you have a job that you find boring? Do you wish there was another option for your career, one that would lead to an exciting, unique and fulfilling line of work? According to laudale, a specialist recruitment & interim consulting company, if you follow five valuable techniques, you can find your dream job.

1. Keep your resume short and concise.

C.V’s are an essential tool of the job search. Those who hire are probably in a rush, so formatting your C.V to be read quickly and in small bites is key.

Eliminate filler words that add fluff, and use numbers to quantify your impressive results (such as “increased sales by 87%”). Also include relevant keywords that appear in the job posting. Finally, limit your contact information to just one email address. Make sure it is Gmail, one phone number and your LinkedIn profile URL.

In developing a resume and other promotional materials for the field you want to pursue, think about how your current skills and talents apply to the responsibilities you’ll hold in the new job. For example, knowledge of project management, client relations, information technology and sales will take you far in most types of careers.

2. Dive into LinkedIn.

Over the past few years, using LinkedIn has grown in importance to job seekers and having a sharp LinkedIn profile is just as important as having a C.V.

Many candidates fail to fully embrace LinkedIn, especially older job hunters. To maximise the use of LinkedIn, engage more frequently with your LinkedIn networks. One of the best ways to do this is to actively participate in LinkedIn’s industry and interest groups.

One of the best ways to get the inside track on a job lead is with a referral from someone already employed there. Therefore, to meet employees at the target company, turning to LinkedIn will allow for an introduction.

After discovering that you know someone, or you know someone who knows someone, getting an introduction can be as easy as asking for one. After that, it’s up to you to turn on the charm. One rule of networking is to offer more than you ask for.

3. Blog to create your brand

What was once just a novel idea is now universal. Just about everyone has a blog and creating one yourself could go a long way in helping you land your job.

For the blog to be useful, it needs a base of readers. That means the content needs to be skilfully crafted and interesting, and for it to boost your career prospects it should be related to your industry or the industry you’re targeting. Therefore, blogging is a way to get your name out there as the expert about a particular topic.

Once a blog gains traction it can get the attention of employers, potential client, whilst demonstrating your enthusiasm and drive for the industry.

4. Don’t rely on job boards.

Job Boards can take up a lot of time and effort and it’s usually only worth applying for a position through a job board if your resume matches 80 to 85 percent of what an employer asks for in a posting. To maximise your chances for success using job boards, focus on smaller, regional and industry-specific job boards. There are also plenty of other places you can explore. For example, you could look at recommendations, referrals and recruitment specialists as this market can be less competitive.

5. Master your skills

Develop mastery in your chosen profession so you will continue to create job opportunities throughout your entire life. Companies will always need people who can deliver strong results. Great companies hire good people who are willing to learn and who are not afraid to educate themselves. There is a wealth of learning available, so spend your evenings learning and researching with books and the internet.