- Oct. 11, 2021
-- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull reported, "Career Search involves more than searching for open positions and sending your resume to employers. You also need to make sure you're a good fit for a career move, can catch the hiring manager's attention and are well-prepared to answer interview questions.
This should begin by making sure you identify what type of career you want. Get recommendations from family, professors, a career coach or former coworkers. Make sure you have a clear and realistic goals and determine how you want to explore potential options."
Rather than limiting yourself to manual online searches, take advantage of all job search options that include reaching out to companies or hiring managers in person, searching social media or using a career guidance support like that provided by Knobull. Tailor your resume to types of jobs you plan to target. Study the job description to determine why you are a potential fit. Then, add your skills, experience and measurable achievements that are relevant to that position.
Target jobs you are interested in even if you only meet some of their requirements. If you meet a portion of a job's qualifications but believe you can still succeed in that role, apply. Include examples of your work ethic and ability to learn new skills in your resume. Emphasize how your goals align with those of the company.
Interact with people and develop professional contacts both online and in person. Start conversations with people at seminars, social events or appointments. Let them know you're exploring career options or want to work in a variety of industries. Research common interview questions, create responses for them and practice those responses before you get invited to an interview.
Immediately after a job interview, send the hiring manager a thank-you note. If you have not heard back from them after a few weeks, follow up with a phone call or an email. When doing so, show your excitement and interest in the job without being a pest! While you wait for a response, continue searching for and applying to jobs where you might fit.
Bentley concluded, "We all can use more training or experience to get a job. Consider getting an internship or volunteering with an organization in your desired industry while applying for jobs. Use these situations to expand your network of contacts or advance to longer range opportunities. Update your resume as you gain more experience and accomplishments. Remember career growth is a continuous process!"