Job searching is no day at the spa. (Duh, right?) Whether you’re currently unemployed or just looking for a change, finding that perfect position can take your time and your sanity.
So to help reduce this stress a bit and make your job search as seamless and efficient as possible, doing these things should help: stay organized, be personal and over communicate. Then, hopefully, you’ll avoid headaches and misunderstandings.
Can we get some order?
In most cases, job seeking isn’t a one and done deal. Instead, you apply to many jobs at once to increase your chances of landing the next gig. Makes sense. But then these open positions might become a cloudy mess of job titles, descriptions and requirements. So unless your memory is flawless, particulars of each job at any given moment might escape you.
Solution? It’s simple. Just keep a folder in your email or on your desktop that summarizes each job you’ve applied to. So when your phone rings, you avoid the embarrassment of asking the manager or recruiter, “Uh … what position are you calling about?” You may or may not get brownie points for knowing this info without asking. But you’re sure to avoid losing points, or even a job opportunity, for not knowing.
Get your resume detailed.
Being generic never got anyone noticed. So why set your resume up for the same fate? A successful job seeker always has multiple versions of their resume, each which highlights certain aspects of the careers. When your resume is edited to best reflect and relate to the key components of a job description, you’re sure to move to the top of the pile — a good place to be, obviously.
Talk too much. (It’s just enough.)
If you’re in the fortunate position of actively interviewing, make it a point to keep hiring managers and recruiters in the know regarding where you are in the hiring process. All too often, candidates keep these parties in the dark, which can lead to missed offers, burnt bridges and/or hard feelings. (And you can kiss future opportunities goodbye with the latter of these.)
It’s totally acceptable — and encouraged — to tell a manager that you’re interviewing elsewhere or that you have another offer on the table. Honesty and transparency will help keep recruiters and managers up to speed and could make them want to keep you informed as well. It’s the best of both worlds … no tip-toeing around and possibly fewer moments left wondering.