4 actions to achieve a more productive job search

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The greater your qualifications, the more difficult it is to find a job. When you’re dealing with the stresses of trying to keep up with your bills, you simply don’t have time to waste on job search techniques that might not result in that crucial first interview. The following tips will help you get through the maze of job hunting unscathed.

Applying for Everything
The worst possible advice you can get from someone is to just take any job that comes to you. People jump on the first job offer out of fear, and a desire to get back out into the workforce. This can be a mistake because you’ll end up applying for every job you come across just to have employment, and not devote the time necessary to get the job you really want. If you need something to pay the bills in the meantime, then apply for a local part-time job and keep searching for the dream job. If you were let go of at your last place of employment or when someone needs to gather more information about their severance package, use a discrimination firm to help get you the money you need in the meantime.

Build Yourself Online
If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, set one up when you can. Recruiters are now looking at social media connections to see how tied in you are to your industry. A candidate with no social presence doesn’t have the same sort of clout as someone who has several connections. Share information on a professional level through your social media profiles that show you have an active and vested interest in your industry.

Get a Plan
Find the job you want and make a plan to get that job. Research the company and prepare your resume to match your specific qualifications with the company’s needs. Present yourself as the only candidate for the job. At worst, you will have learned more about your industry if you don’t get the position. Since you’re not just looking for any old job, the information you gathered will be useful in your next job search. It’s important to limit your job search and devote your time to three or four searches at a time.

Know Your Position
When you get that first interview, you’re going to want to show that you really know the job. Research the position so you can apply as if you already worked in the position you want. Do your homework, and specifically, find out how much your position typically pays. If you lowball yourself, the company will know you haven’t done your research.

Doing your due diligence is required to get a job in today’s market. Use these tips to prioritize your search and make finding your next job prospect that much easier.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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