There are many reasons why people are looking for employment: discontent with a current job, desire to progress, graduation, unemployment, etc. Despite the reasons, it is always hard to find a decent job, especially when you need to get employed as soon as possible. If you want your job hunt to be effective, you have to realize that it is much more than just looking for job vacancies and employment opportunities online. Obviously, you can always turn to the third party for help be it a recruitment agency, employment counselor or resume writing service. However, we would like to share several things you if you make up your mind to find the job on your own. We bet the very first thing you would do is to sit down in order to create/edit/update your resume. It makes sense because it is the very first document by which a potential employer will make a judgment whether you are a good match. In other words, if you fail with your resume there won't be another chance...
But before writing (editing or updating) your resume we recommend defining who you are in terms of professional experience and accomplishments. In other words, imagine what would you answer if you had been asked to tell about yourself in 2-3 sentences (remember it is important that you convey how you set yourself apart from others who do the same things). Defining your brand will help you direct your job hunting efforts by incorporating this message into a resume, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profiles. There are only two things we would like to advise in terms of resume writing. Firstly, highlight your accomplishments. This is one of the most important rules to keep - your resume shouldn't be about what you have been doing, but about what you have accomplished. This makes a huge difference and that's where HR managers draw a line between applicants who deserve a chance for an interview and those who don't.
Secondly, keep it concise and relevant. In other words, include only such information that will be relevant to the job opening you are applying for. Take off unnecessary details such as high school diploma, hobbies, interests, etc... Never underestimate the role of networking. Many people think attending reunions, professional seminars, tradeshows, and other events isn't going to do much good for your professional career. However, ignoring such opportunities may cost you a job. If you ever make some time to listen to the stories of successful managers about how they got the job you will be surprised how many have got their job by making use of such small opportunities.
When we talk about networking opportunities we mean not only in-person meetings but online networking tools offered by different social media platforms. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn networks are the most effective online tools in job hunting. Besides, one should keep in mind that online networking allows not only the opportunity to present yourself, but to have access to important information, including job openings, news about companies, and tips for job hunting, resume writing, interviews... These are only several tips that may direct your job hunting efforts. We don't give any guarantees, but we can promise that if you make use of the opportunities mentioned above you will significantly increase your chances in a tough job search process.