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100 Steps to Rock Your Job Search During the Pandemic

I am publishing this week on LinkedIn a 5-part series of job search strategies that can be implemented immediately. I have collected these ideas and many more tips in this blog post.

How a job seeker will be successful today depends on the following:

1. Continue your job search, even though the pandemic has impacted everyone.

2. Do not be distracted by the current context.

3. Learn where potential employers look for talent with your skills and expertise.

4. Remember that networking is the best way to find out about an open position.

5. Build your professional network before you need one.

6. Start by analyzing your situation.

7. Focus on relevant jobs and your industry.

8. Leave no option unexplored.

9. There are about 30 ways to find out about a job, so use them.

10. Give before you take.

11. Not everyone is qualified to give you career advice, so consider your sources of information carefully.

12. If you are not qualified for a particular job, do not apply.

13. Niche job boards collect less competition for a vacancy.

14. Recruiters are busy people, so only approach them if it is relevant.

15. Don’t spam potential employers.

16. Online job fairs are a good choice.

17. Job search is a job in itself and should be handled accordingly.

18. Do a daily seeking routine.

19. Tell everyone you know personally about your job search (e.g. distant family members, friends, former colleagues, etc.).

20. Search for jobs in the hidden market.

21. Emphasize your skills.

22. Highlight your up-skilling.

23. Quantify your achievements as much as you can.

24. Show people how you can add value to a business.

25. Get in touch with targeted company representatives through social media.

26. Check whether former managers want you back.

27. Prepare 5 work-related success stories.

28. Customize your LinkedIn connection requests.

29. LinkedIn is a great place for personal branding.

30. Engage with online posts of the companies you are targeting.

31. Network online within your influencers in your industry.

32. Network online with industry recruiters.

33. Attend online networking events.

34. Stand out from the crowd and shine online.

35. Be aware of the prejudices in your industry.

36. Reply within hours to any inquiries about your resume or job search.

37. Your social media activities are transparent today, which means that controversial content will haunt you.

38. Join online professional groups.

39. Prepare a 10-30-60 elevator pitch.

40. Send your resume to decision-makers.

41. Do not lie on your resume.

42. Use action verbs to describe your achievements in a resume.

43. Tailor your resume before each application.

44. Your resume should include relevant keywords for your industry.

45. Ask for feedback on your resume.

46. Being laid off during the pandemic or gaps in your CV are not uncommon.

47. Use cover letters/emails whenever you have the opportunity.

48. Ask for an interview at the end of your cover letter.

49. Make a list of preferred employers in your region and industry.

50. Job rejection is not the end of the road, it's just the beginning of your search.

51. Be polite even if you've received a rejection.

52. Don't follow someone else's career path.

53. Keep track of your applications.

54. Stay away from suspicious employers.

55. Trust your instincts before accepting a hiring offer.

56. Avoid job advertisements that look too good to be true, because they are probably a scam.

57. Learn how to market your skills and expertise.

58. Learn how to negotiate your salary.

59. Learn how to think from a recruiter’s perspective.

60. Don't say the salary you earn, say the salary you want.

61. Analyse all the benefits offered by companies, not only the salary.

62. Know why you are better than your competitors.

63. Avoid looking like a desperate job seeker, even if it is your case.

64. Be authentic.

65. A personal business card will make you memorable.

66. Make interview preparations.

67. Familiarize yourself with CARL, STAR and SOAR response techniques to behavioral interview questions.

68. Research companies by talking to former employees.

69. Go to as many interviews as possible.

70. Stand during phone interviews.

71. Perform additional technical checks before a video interview.

72. Dress for success even during video interviews.

73. Be polite when you can’t shake hands.

74. Do research on the company and the interviewers before you meet them.

75. Make eye contact, even in video interviews (look into the camera, not at the screen when you speak).

76. Prepare 2-5 questions for the interviewer.

77. Don’t act too familiar or flirt during interviews.

78. Do not criticize a former/current boss or teammate during the interviews.

79. Do not send too many follow-up messages.

80. Send a thank-you note after the interview.

81. Do not badmouth a potential employer online about the hiring process.

82. Get feedback after the interviews so that you can improve your future approach.

83. Failing an interview does not mean that you’re a failure.

84. You will never find out what the true background of an open position is.

85. Never say that you are available anywhere in the world and different industries.

86. Seek multiple job offers.

87. Prepare a portfolio of your work or accomplishments.

88. Google yourself. This is how the companies will see you.

89. Your social media profiles will improve Google results.

90. Know your weaknesses and be willing to talk about them.

91. Know your strengths and be prepared to talk about them.

92. Never pay for submitting your resume.

93. Get professional help form career coaches or job search strategists to find work.

94. Consistency pays off.

95. Learn from your job search mistakes.

96. Do not forget to exercise regularly.

97. Stress is your worst enemy.

98. Get help if you feel too much frustration or depression.

99. Be patient.

100. Stay positive.

These are 100 reasons why you will be successful in your job search this year!

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