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7 Tips for a Proactive Job Search

December 23rd, 2016

At times, it can feel like an unspoken science lies behind job seeking. You can expertly tailor each cover letter and tweak your resume in just the right places to highlight your skills that match the vacant position, yet still hear nothing back once you press the submit button and your application enters the abyss of candidates. No matter where you are in your job search, it is important to remember to stay proactive in your approach versus reactive in your response. Consider these seven proven tips to make sure your job search remains proactive:

  1. Refine your search, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket. While it’s important to target positions and companies that align best with your skill set and cultural fit, focusing all of your efforts towards one company runs the risk of you coming out empty handed.
  2. Learn as much as you can about your companies of interest. The internet has made it easy for job seekers to do their homework on potential employers. A quick Google search can yield a goldmine of information including any new mergers or pending layoffs, the company’s financial health, and LinkedIn profiles for past and current employees to contact.
  3. Tailor your image to send the right message. Job seeking is the optimal time to hone your personal brand. Take the time to be mindful of your image and truly think about what message you might be sending. Make sure your skills align with the positions you’re applying to and be prepared to demonstrate how you are uniquely qualified to fill them.
  4. Keep the conversation flowing. Follow-up is key. After submitting your application, take the time to email your internal contact (if you have one) and the hiring manager. With knowledge comes power, and this is true for understanding the next steps in the hiring process as well as making your name known.
  5. Work your network. Once you’ve narrowed down your top dream employers, think about your network and the contacts they may know. Working this sphere of influence is one of the best ways to learn of a vacant position before it is posted as well as put your name (or even your resume!) in front of a hiring manager early on in the process.
  6. Interview someone you admire. Who is in a position you hope to have one day? If you don’t know someone off the top of your head, consider doing a quick LinkedIn search. Contact this person, explain you are looking to follow a similar career trajectory and ask for a few moments of their time to discuss the steps they took to get there.
  7. Partner with a reputable staffing firm. One of the best ways to kick-start a proactive job search is to work with the professionals. Staffing companies have a unique network of company contacts, understand which candidates fit the best positions and are in the know about upcoming position vacancies before they are posted.

Taking a proactive approach to job seeking is one of the best ways to stand out from the crowd and limit the competition. Partnering with a trusted recruiting firm like 1st Staffing is an excellent first step in putting your proactive job search in motion. To learn more about top job placement in Oklahoma City, contact Oklahoma’s top recruiting company at 1st Staffing Group today!

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