1. Make your Resume Stand-out
The golden rule is customization. Make sure your resume and cover letter is tailored for the company. Read the job description and mission statement of the company and write down key words that stand out. Get a clear and in-depth picture of what the role entails, and what kind of candidate they are seeking to hire. Often times, they have specific key words highlighting certain skill-sets that they require, and you should definitely make sure to include them in your cover letter and resume wherever possible.
Additionally, if they are looking for any particular requirement (e.g. a certification or specific IT skills), be sure to note this in your CV as well. Submit your resume for a personalized review here.
2. Cover any gaps
If you have a gap on your resume, try your best to cover them (see our comprehensive article here).
If the problem is very severe, instead of a chronological resume, you can try re-organizing your CV to highlight your key strengths and list the relevant working experience under the strengths.
3. Update your Linkedin
LinkedIn is an excellent place to reach out to recruiters and get yourself noticed. Often, recruiters will contact you even if you are not looking for jobs. Updating your LinkedIn profile frequently will help keep you at the top of the recruiter’s watch-list.
Besides updating your profile regularly, be sure to add all contacts that you meet, participate in group discussions and even post your articles on your area of expertise.
4. Just go for it
Don’t be disheartened if your dream company is not hiring. There is no harm in reaching out. You never know if they have a position open that is not yet advertised and at the very least, they might keep you in mind for the next position that opens up.
You can also try interning or applying for a contract role at your dream company and do your best to impress and get converted. Read more about how to get converted from your internship here.
5. Clean up your online presence
Before you begin any job search, you should clean up your online presence. Put all personal social media on private, and try to delete any potentially embarrassing or unprofessional photos or posts that is linked to you.
For larger companies, HR recruitment process may include a google search on the candidate and you don’t want to be eliminated from the pool just because of some unsavory pictures online.
6. Keep a Job Interview Cheat Sheet
Finally, you should have a job interview cheat sheet ready. This way you are prepared when HR calls you for an interview (often times with short notice). The cheat sheet should remind you of all your key strengths and the experience points to back it up.
A good way to prepare this cheat sheet is to look at our list of commonly asked job interview questions and prepare bullet point responses. If you have other questions on job-hunting, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org