How to Make Your Job Search More Efficient

Hands on your heart: Don’t we all somehow try to  make our CV irresistible? At least to get to the coveted interview to showcase our super skills. All the headhunters first need to get convinced on paper and believe that all requirements are fulfilled. We now live in a society where everyone is trying to get as many titles as possible and to fill his resume with complicated-sounding technical terms.

But what exactly works better? For headhunters and HR managers have interview techniques that will challenge you as a candidate and put you to the litmus test. You should therefore be aware of your skills even before you apply for a job. The CV needs to have them and the interview needs to reinforce them. Here is our suggestion on how to make your job search more efficient and your ensure success.

4 tips on how to make your job search more efficient

Tip 1: Self analysis

Often we have multiple ideas in our heads. It may be easier to ponder upon and develop personal clarity with written down thoughts. This principle can also be used if you are trying to identify what qualities really matter to you. We’ve found a very efficient Method for you on this one. Formulate a headline on with your job title/position resume and then fill in the gaps. This shows you what you have really learned in that time frame.

My 6-year experience in the Sales Department has…

  • allowed me to ______________________.
  • resulted in _________________________.
  • created ___________________________.
  • set me up for ____________________.
  • taught me _________________________.
  • provided me with a clear understanding of: ______________________.
  • helped me created a niche expertise in, __________________.
  • given me the unique ability to ________________________________.
  • shown me _______________________________.

Tip  2: Formulate your career goals

On our Experteer profile, we offer you the possibility to formulate your career goals, because we are convinced that this helps you to be found by the right headhunters.

But it also has another positive side effect: Career goals are forward looking and you are forced to think about what you really want. To see a) where your passions lie and what goals you want to pursue personally and professionally, b) In what industry you would like to work and on what career level, c) What is important to you with respect to the work environment?

Tip 3: Market your key skills

Once a headhunter has your resume – basically an equivalent of a work history document, they try to read between the lines and to identify key skills. From yourself-analysis in the previous steps, have you discovered a crucial key skill? Then market this on your resume and reinforce it in the interview. Assertiveness is quite appropriate when you clearly draw the line between arrogance and sharing expertise!

Tip 4: Use the SEO-Strategy of headhunters

Today job postings of all applicants land in a so-called application management system. The purpose of this system is to search the resume of a candidate for keywords, to find the right candidates who are up for grabs on these sites. Consider what themes, skills and keywords are important for your industry and look for what the top companies are talking about in the job postings. These keywords then need to be added to your list and voila – you have a cheat sheet for your perfect resume!

And now the only thing left is to wish you good luck in finding your next top position!

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