While many may think its an easy task, looking for a full time job can be time-consuming, exhausting and tedious, especially when the U.S. unemployment rate is an unnerving 4.1 percent, approximately 13 million of the population, according to a 2017 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, there are certain steps you can take to help better your chances of finding work and remove some of the hassles from the search. Below are four methods to help you be successful in your job hunt.
Just as you would treat a 9-to 5-job, treat your search like a stable, full time job. Stay active and develop a plan detailing how you will spend your time: who you will apply to, how you will create your resume, and how you will continue funding your lifestyle in the meantime.
Make sure your resume effectively showcases your skills, achievements, experience and education. In addition, depending on which business or company you're applying to, design your resume accordingly. For example, create cover letters for specific positions, explaining why you are interested in working there and how you would be an asset in the job.
This is where all the connections and relationships you have made come in handy. According to a 2016 article by LinkedIn, approximately 85 percent of jobs are attained via networking. So if you have any friends or peers who know of an available position, this is a great chance to call them.
Most importantly, be consistent. Job hunting can seem like a never-ending task, but eventually, you may find the ideal work for you. It can also be a time to hone your skills and personally improve.
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