Become a Top-Tier Candidate: How to Search For a Job Like a Pro

Business.com / Careers / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Job hunting is an art form. Here are some tips to perfect the art of the hunt and get the job you always dreamed of.

Searching for a job is one of the most stressful things a person can do regardless of age.

A person right out of college versus a person who has been in the workforce for quite some time often has the same problems.

Finding jobs in a certain area, if small or rural, can be a nightmare for certain professions.

Some people always seem to get jobs that are amazing, this isn’t by mistake.

Job hunting is an art form and here are some tips to perfect the art of the job hunt.

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LinkedIn Can Be a Life Saver

LinkedIn gives people the ability to see an online overview of skills and former employers. When in a job search, make sure to update this social media outlet as the correct keywords can attract a recruiter who can do job searching free of charge.

Encouraging former colleagues or clients to leave a review on a profile can have just as big of an impact as a reference.

How to use LinkedIn wisely:

  • Create content and articles that are industry specific to show knowledge as well as attract potential employers. This content can be shared to industry groups so it is seen by the correct demographic a jobseeker would like.
  • Don’t lie on work experience but also do not undersell skills and roles.
  • Endorse skills of others and they might return the favor.
  • Join industry groups as job postings sometimes come up there.
  • Reconnect with old high school and college classmates as they could have a lead on a job.

Spot Scams

The worst thing that can happen when unemployed and searching for a job is to have credit card information or other sensitive information stolen.

Unfortunately this happens quite often as eager job seekers give out private information to those who turn out to be scamming them.

These scams have gotten much more complex as people have begun to catch on. Many of these scams are phishing scams to get a person’s credit card information.

Hackers have conditioned people to believe it is safe to disclose information on social media and some use jobseekers as their main targets.

An example of this would be a job that requires a certain type of software, the job poster will promise to pay for this or reimburse the job seeker for purchasing this.

This could come in the form of a fake check that when deposited will bounce but the job poster will pressure the person to purchase the software or item on the site they suggested.

This will then give the scammer bank account or credit card information. Many people use the same passwords for everything so if an account is created on the site, emails, pictures, and other things can be compromised.

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The last thing anyone wants is to have their identity stolen so make sure to be careful.

How to spot scams:

  • If the job posting seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Check to see if the job poster has a company email or just a random Gmail account.
  • Purchasing anything before a first paycheck clears should be avoided.
  • Many scammers will copy and paste the same things in Skype or Gchat  conversations so they repeat themselves over and over.
  • Spot a scam by applying to the same job with another email and give an unqualified tone. If the poster responds with the same response, this will be a scam more often than not. 

Kill the Social Media

Many people overshare via social media and this can be a hindrance to getting a job. No company wants to be in the middle of a PR nightmare because an employee tweeted or posted something on Facebook that reflects badly on the company.

At least set social media to private or simply deactivate the account to keep HR managers from passing a person up on a job offer because of social media posts.

Social media tips:

  • Eliminate certain platforms but obviously use LinkedIn.
  • Go back and delete some old posts that could be considered offensive.
  • Social media can be a great way to follow up with companies to see if they received applications or made a decision on a second round of interviews.
  • Have separate professional and personal accounts but don’t put a legitimate last name on the personal accounts.
  • If the post is borderline just delete it. This can save a lot of time and trouble because even if the post doesn’t offend friends, it could offend others so be very sensitive regardless of the platform. 

Call in All Favors

Those who have been in the workforce for a while will have certain favors that they can cash in.

Some might be hesitant to take people up on these favors but being unemployed is worse than swallowing pride and asking for help.

These can be old bosses or clients that a personal relationship has been garnered with.

Tips on calling in favors:

  • List out all the of people that can help in the job search.
  • Reach out to these people either by email or phone.
  • Simply ask if there is anything they can do, the worst thing they can say in response is, no.
  • Find contacts that are in the hiring departments of companies as these are the people who can actually help.
  • Contact former coworkers who have started their own business or moved to another company in the industry as they can help find a similar job to one a person once had.

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Getting discouraged during a job search is quite easy but it is important to keep a positive attitude.

Confidence in interviews can be important as well so this positive attitude should include believing that each job that is applied for will end in a job offer.

The job market continues to improve and job seekers have more opportunities to work remotely than ever before.

Do not let anything stop you from getting the job of your dreams.

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