There’s no shortage of information that you can get online or at career centers on how to get a job. So how do you cut through the minutiae and get to the things that you should actually be doing to get a job?
Well, this is a good place to start. If you’re like some, you may have already given up on your job search, or have simply grown frustrated by bogus job postings and job offers. Regardless of your reason, the next 5 tips will help you get closer to getting a job offer. The job that you really want.
1. Rewrite your resume. Why should we hire you? To answer that, you must research the company and understand their problems and needs. Traditional resume rules are out the window. Craft your resume for the position that you’re interviewing for.
2. Take two new classes. The first would be a speed reading course. There is nothing more valuable than increasing your reading speed and skills. The second would be a basic accounting class. The universal language of business is accounting—it will help you to understand some business basics.
Even if you don’t like “business,” chances are some “business” will be your next employer. It adds another skill to your skill set that your competition may not have.
3. Enhance your current job. If you want to get a better job, simply do better at your current one. Most jobs are bigger than the people who have them: What can you do to enhance your value?
4. Practice your personal elevator pitch. Nearly every day, we are presented with an opportunity to share our personal story with someone—make yours worth remembering. This is your 2 minute commercial. Make it count.
5. Do something for someone else. Get out of yourself a little. Give someone else some help; maybe mentor. Schools and colleges are always in need of mentors. Take advantage of these opportunities. You’re building value and networking at the same time. This also a great way to explain any gaps in your resume.