WHERE YOU APPLY
Truth is, it isn’t really worth it just to blindly apply to hundreds of jobs online, even if LinkedIn says you can. Our research found that the most effective mode of online job applications is directly through company websites, rather than on job boards or through the “one click apply” feature on LinkedIn. Companies tend to be monitoring the submissions on their website a bit more closely. Also, a lot of job boards (yes, even the major ones!) scrape company websites for open roles and post them without the company permission. The company will receive the applications to those jobs eventually, but they’re rarely “top of the pile” and often mixed with a lot of spam. That said, applying online (even on company websites) isn't usually the most effective route of looking for a new job.
HOW YOU APPLY
We’ve said it before (and we’ll keep saying it, till our Head of Content retires), but it is worth it to apply to LESS jobs and to change your resume for every job you apply to. It just isn’t worth your effort to mass apply because the chances of a reply are so low. These changes mostly fall into two buckets:
Another thing to adjust in how you apply is to make sure that you’re applying to the right jobs. It shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Like the above paragraph, it should be immediately obvious to a recruiter why YOU are applying to their job.
FOCUS ON YOUR CONNECTIONS
Most jobs get filled through a referral or a personal connection. It’s just a fact of the job search, unfortunately. No amount of resume tips or tricks will give you as much of an advantage as a personal connection. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply for jobs, it just means you should rethink your strategy and try to find an inroad to the company. There are three ways we suggest you do that:
Building your network and your networking skills is the most effective way to improve your job search results. If not for this job search, then for the next one. For more tips and ideas on getting started networking, read our blog here.
Lastly, be kind to yourself. Don’t get discouraged. Just because you spent time on something and didn’t hear back doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it. All of this experience, applying for jobs, writing about yourself, working on your networking skills will help you hone your message and grow your professional capabilities. Keep at it and don’t forget to work in time to take care of yourself and recharge.
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