The Good News
The U.S. job market is getting a tiny bit better lately. The economy is predicted to grow, which means companies are projected to add more jobs in 2013. And as we’ve discussed here on Jobsite.com previously, you’ve got to be ready for your opportunity. Here are three things that you can do today – right now – to become more hireable.
1. Be Searchable
We are in the digital age, having an online identity is a must. It’s easier, faster, and far more efficient for employers to find skilled workers online. I’ve shared with you before that I spoken with hiring manager who told me, “If he can’t find a person online, then I think that they are either hiding something or are too old school.” If you are not searchable and findable, you are missing out on opportunities. You already know the websites, job boards, and other resources, so it’s just a matter of you being active. For instance, LinkedIn, are you searchable there? Is your profile 100% complete? Do you have a nice professional photo image? Have you filled out the background summary, experience, and education sections? Do you use the proper and correct jargon for your industry?
What most job seekers do not know is that recruiters, sourcers, and hiring authorities use search algorithms to find candidates. So if you don’t use key words in your summary and experience sections, you will not be found.
2. Be Relentless
You hear stories of people applying for one job and getting hired in a day or two – that’s nice but not likely to happen to all of us, so stay encouraged. You are going to have highs and low; it’s important to expect a long journey and remain focused. Some online applications can take as much as 30 minutes to complete and I’m convinced that some of them are designed to weed out those that do not wish to endure the process, so don’t give up!
3. Be Talkative and Get Off the Computer
I know that’s 2 things, but they go hand in hand. I don’t understand why people are so afraid to talk about their job search. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you are currently working and you don’t want to upset your boss – I get that. But if you are unemployed or underemployed, forget that noise, you need to tell somebody you are searching for a job.
And after you’ve filled out all the applications online and tracked down all your leads, get off the computer and get out the house. Talk it up at the bar, the ball game, the gym, the library (there are still libraries), grocery or the church function – all of your network! I am not telling you to lead conversations and introductions with “Hey, I’m looking for a job” but I am saying that in your real life social circles it’s okay to mention that you are in the job market. Believe me folks, I know people who have had conversations in grocery stores or at their kids’ school functions and these people came away with contacts which lead to jobs. That’s for real.
Trust me, it’s okay to mention that you’re looking– you never know who could help you.
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|Chris Fields, MLHR is an HR Consultant, Business Partner, and Blogger at CostofWork,com. He offers career coaching, resume writing, and additional human resource consultation. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @new_resource and connect with him on LinkedIn Christopher Fields, MLHR. Chris Fields is a regularly-featured contributor on Jobsite.com.|