When it comes to giving yourself the best chance to find the perfect role, it's essential to understand the activities you need to include within your job search.
Here are some tips you should take action on to improve your prospects of finding a new role in 2018:
10 tips for job search success
If you're not on LinkedIn, you should be: Recruiters want to see your profile as LinkedIn is a go-to tool for many employers when researching prospective new hires for their business.
Study the job description and update your resume to align with keywords: Take the time to ensure your resume is tailored to each role you are applying for. A generic blurb won’t help you stand out from other candidates.
Use LinkedIn groups to contact recruiters you may not have an email for: This is a great way to start a relationship with a recruiter and shows you know how to take initiative.
Get social: Candidates who are actively engaged with potential employers and know the latest trends happening in their desired industry via social media will help you stand out from the competition.
Have references available: You never know when a perfect opportunity might come along, so always have your references up to date in case you need them.
Be positive: Recruiters talk to hundreds of candidates for positions every week. Be confident in yourself and have a positive attitude, you’d be surprised how much this will be noticed and taken into account by recruiters.
Sign up for newsletters in the industry you're interested in working in: This enables you to keep up to date with all the latest industry news and events, and helps you showcase your knowledge during interviews.
Follow recruiters from recruitment organizations: Follow recruiters on social media – this helps in ensuring you’re in their network when new job openings are available in your desired field.
Networking is key: The old phrase 'it's not what you know, but who you know' may not be entirely applicable in today's fast-paced world of business, but it never hurts to build a strong network of peers within your industry.