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January 15, 2014 / Stephanie Anderson

LinkUp’s 5-step job search

JobSearchin5EasyStepsWhen it comes to kicking off your job search on the right foot, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Whether you’re an executive or an intern, here are five simple steps from the experts at LinkUp guaranteed to set you in the right direction.

1. Organize
The first step in any job search is to organize yourself.  Start by updating your resume to accurately capture all of your experience and skills.  Then build a cover letter template that can be customized for different jobs.  Take time to make sure both allow you stand out against the crowd.  Don’t forget to review your social media presence and make sure you’re presenting yourself in a positive manner online – update your LinkedIn profile, edit Facebook, etc.

2. Apply
Next search for positions of interest and apply.  Instead of going to each individual company’s website separately to search open jobs, save time by searching on a job search engine like LinkUp. You can look for employment opportunities, and click through to apply directly on the company website. You can even sign up for job alerts and save jobs of interest. And as always, LinkUp never has any job boards, scams or lead gen garbage to waste your time.

3. Network
Connect with your network and let them know you’re looking for employment. If you know someone who works at a company where you have applied, send them an email or give them a call. An internal referral can make a huge difference, plus you can ask about company culture, benefits and more, and get answers based on first-hand experience.  Even better if you can provide them the requisition or specific job listing to which you applied so they can talk with the recruiter.  Also, ask them to keep you in mind as they interact with their colleagues and network.

4. Be involved
Feel like you’re constantly tethered to your computer job searching?  Well, put the computer down. Unplug and get social at some industry events. Keeping up with industry trends and news is important, plus mingling with the right people can open doors and help you stand out from the crowd.  If you are unemployed, employers will want to see that you were productive in your time off, so consider signing up for relevant training or participating in volunteer activities.

5. Interview
After you’ve taken all the above steps and likely dedicated countless hours to your job search, it’s time to ace your interviews. The old adage of “practice makes perfect” is true, so don’t be shy about reaching out to friends or mentors for a mock interview. Always be prepared by researching the company well ahead of time so you can convey that knowledge during your interview, and never forget to thank the interviewer for his or her time.

In closing, be sure to leverage all resources available to you throughout your search, including us!  We are always looking to connect with job seekers, pass along helpful tips and solicit feedback.  Best of luck!