Need a job now? Follow these essential steps
These moves will help you nab a job offer in no time.
We hear you loud and clear: You really, really need a job. In order to find one, you’re going to have to hustle—the good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Monster is all about helping you maximize your job search. (Hey, we don’t like to waste time, either.)
The main thing you need to remember is to treat your job search like it’s a job. You can’t apply to one job and then walk away from the process for a week or two. Make a commitment to spend some time each day devoted to your search.
Ready? Follow these steps to score a job yesterday.
Whip your resume into shape
When’s the last time you updated your resume? If you’re like many professionals, it’s probably been a while. In fact, 8% of U.S. workers can’t even remember the last time they touched their resume, a Monster poll found.
To give your resume a refresher, you can start by replacing outdated skills or lingo with more powerful and relevant buzzwords. “Terminology changes from year to year, so be sure your resume reflects current trends,” says Monster resume expert Kim Isaacs.
Before you send your resume out into the wild, get an extra set of eyes on it. Need help with that? Get a free resume evaluation today from the experts at Monster’s Resume Writing Service. You’ll get detailed feedback in two business days, including a review of your resume’s appearance and content, and a prediction of a recruiter’s first impression.
Network in person
Real talk: Engaging with others via social media shouldn’t replace networking in person. Join trade associations and attend their networking events, have lunch with former colleagues, and talk up new connections at industry conferences.
Just remember to be strategic about the people you’re targeting. John Basie, founder and principal of Atlanta career coaching firm Millennial 360, recommends creating a list of prospective employers and then reaching out to mid-level employees at those organizations. They just might introduce you to job opportunities.
Now is also a good time to reconnect with professionals with whom you’ve lost touch, including college professors, past managers, and the like. People get satisfaction from helping other people.
Build your online presence
Though in-person networking is crucial, many recruiters search for job candidates online—meaning you can improve your visibility by taking the right steps. Regularly tweeting on industry news, for example, can help you gain some exposure in your field. If you’re in a creative profession, like graphic design, post samples of your work on Instagram or Pinterest.
If you can write well, create a blog to share insights on a particular topic, which could help establish you as a thought leader—something that all employers value. You could also submit original articles to trade publications or on your social media pages to further your reach.
Sharpen your job-interviewing skills
If it’s been a few years or more since you’ve hit the job-search circuit, you’ll need to refresh your job-interview skills. Prepping for job interviews might also entail crafting well-thought-out answers to common interview questions, such as “Why should we hire you?” and, “What are your long-term goals?”
Doing mock interviews with friends or industry peers is a great way to regain your footing. Plus, the more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll appear during job interviews. Focus on mastering the three Cs during a job interview: stay cool, calm, and confident.
Look for contract work
To bounce back from a layoff, contract jobs and/or freelance jobs can not only give you a boost of confidence, it can also help you get your foot in the door at other companies. This will show prospective employers that you’re invested in your career growth—not to mention you’ll be supplementing your loss of income. Double down and take online courses while you’re in between jobs to gain certifications that will make you more marketable to employers.
Let Monster pick up some of the slack
No doubt you’re familiar with Monster’s epic board of online jobs, where you can search by job title, city, company, and skills. But did you know Monster can also help bring jobs directly to you? If you haven’t already, join Monster for free today. Then take the resume that you had professionally reviewed by Monster’s experts, and upload it to your profile. In fact, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. But, as they say, you have to be in it to win it. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to cut down on time spent looking through ads. The sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll be fielding job offers.