New to the job hunting process? Been awhile since you had to look for a new position?
Wherever you may be in your career journey, there is no denying that in 2018, the whole system can seem somewhat overwhelming.
While in some respects technology has undoubtedly made the process more efficient and streamlined, it also has enabled a more extensive array of people to compete for the same positions. This has made the options for both employees and employers a lot greater.
So, to help you out, here are five tips for job hunting in 2018.
1. Update and Update Again Your Online Profile
This is 2018. Everyone and their grandmother has online profiles; you should be no different. However, you have to make sure that you are aligning your online presence with the career you wish to have and that all of your online profiles (not just LinkedIn) look professional.
Additionally, ensure that you include links to any relevant information, documents or portfolios you have. This will help recruiters have an easier time obtaining further details and seeing examples of your work.
One important thing to remember is that just because you have filled out your online profile once does not mean that you can never update it again. In fact, if you are applying for the most prestigious latest jobs in Dubai, you want to ensure that your profile is modified to fit those positions.
Whether it is your resume, your LinkedIn, or another online profile, think of it as a living, breathing document that is there to aid you in your career journey.
That being said, if you do choose to modify your LinkedIn often, make sure to switch off your activity updates. Otherwise, your current boss or potential employers may get slightly suspicious!
2. Join Online Forums and LinkedIn
In 2018, if you are looking for a new job and you aren’t regularly contributing to online job forums and you don’t have a LinkedIn account, then you may as well not exist. While all social media platforms can play a role in job hunting, LinkedIn is undoubtedly the best regarding career and job search networking.
Both you and a recruiter can log onto LinkedIn and search for each other. Imagine if a firm is looking for someone in your demographic, with your experience, and in your location, and you aren’t on LinkedIn – what is going to happen? Well, they surely aren’t going to find and hire you!
Within your LinkedIn profile (and on your resume), use your different experiences and skills to create stories that express your talents, results, and interests.
3. Be Engaged in Your Industry on Social Media
Unfortunately, social media is no longer just for sharing your weekend photos with your best friends. The majority of recruiters will look at a potential employee’s social media account to get a feel for what they are really like and their commitment to the industry.
By being actively engaged in your industry on social media (such as retweeting industry news, communicating with thought leaders on forums, and writing blog posts), you are proving your dedication and honest interest in the industry.
As a job seeker in 2018, you want to ensure you continue to be unceasingly involved in the job market by networking, consulting, training yourself, developing your professional skills, and promoting yourself and your accomplishments through social media promotion. Keep in mind that you are a brand and you want to make sure you are evolving and presenting yourself as such.
4. Always Be Growing Your Networks
Social media is not only a valuable tool when investigating a particular company (and when they are researching you). It also is incredibly useful to find out about new openings and potential positions – such as the latest jobs in Dubai or in any cities you are targeting.
Firms often advertise job opportunities on their websites and provide information on application requirements. So the more widespread your social media network, the more of these opportunities you are likely to see.
Even if you currently have a job that you think you will never leave, always be networking and connecting with people as you never know when circumstances may change.
5. Reach Out to Human Resources (HR) Departments at Your Preferred Companies
At all firms (or hopefully most of them), HR departments are always looking to connect with high-quality passive applicants. These are the people who aren’t actively looking for a new job. The reason they do this is that they never know what state of mind an employee is in and whether or not they can convince them to switch jobs.
Just as HR departments are looking to connect with passive applicants, you should also look to connect with HR departments at companies you would ideally like to work at. You may not know when an opening will become available. While they might not have a position now, if you get on their radar, they are more likely to think of you when something does open up.
Be the most active job seeker imaginable.
What are you doing to job hunt in 2018? What tips have you found to be productive? Have you found anything to be obsolete? Let us know in the comments below!