By Dominique Shields
Things sure are changing, huh? You might be fine sticking to the way you do things, because it still works. But something essential to you has changed and left you in the dark ages. What is it? Job hunting. If you don’t believe me, check this out:
Resumes: Did you know you don’t have to stick to a boring format anymore? Employers actually want to see something different. Now, they still want professionalism, but being professional doesn’t have to be boring. Making a resume that’s easy on the eyes can get you one step closer to that job you really want. To make sure you get a clear idea of what your resume could look like, check out our resume template here!
Google: Has it crossed your mind that employers might Google you if they are interested in hiring you? They will and they will find you! No, seriously, they will find you and do a little research. Or they could stumble onto your social media profiles, like what they see, and reach out to you. It’s always a good thing to make sure your social media is on a professional 10 because you don’t know who’s looking.
Cover Letters: These are so last season. Not too many employers are looking for cover letters anymore. Then again, who was in the first place? But with that being said, still keep a generic one handy just in case someone else is in the dark ages.
LinkedIn: If you're not already using LinkedIn, it's time to get on board. And it's no longer enough to create a basic profile. Complete it because people will notice when they search for you via LinkedIn. This helps you establish a personal brand beyond your resume and can include additional information that doesn't belong or fit on a resume. For example, why did you choose your career path? Also, recommendations add to your credibility and can result in interviews. It's like an easy reference check before calling you in to interview.
So now you know. It’s not just filling out an application with your resume and cover letter attached. Sometimes you won’t even need a cover letter. If you’re lucky, you won’t even need to apply, they will find you!