If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or if you're connected to me on LinkedIn, you may know that I often share quick job search tips with my network. Here are a few of my most popular ones, in no particular order:
- Don't give the impression that you're desperate in your job search. Recruiters will wonder why no one will hire you.
- Find recruiters to network with - don't wait for them to find you. Be active, not passive.
- Don't respond to job postings on social media with "I'm interested - check out my profile." It's lazy.
- If you don't know much about email etiquette in a professional setting, do some research - it's not the same as texting.
- Don't vent about your job search on social media. Your reputation is building, one way or the other.
- "Store Manager with 3 Years of Big Box Experience ($50M+)" is a better LinkedIn headline than "Looking for a job."
- The ideal job search plan - 1: Define the type of job you want. 2: Identify the type of company you want to work for. 3: Map out a strategy.
- Don’t just ask a recruiter about current jobs that are available. Try to build a relationship for future opportunities.
- If you’re job searching and don’t have a photo and recommendations on your LinkedIn profile, get them today.
- Don't forget proper etiquette and good manners when networking - they help make a great first impression.