All economic signs point to the fact that 2015 will be a good year for hiring. Companies have both a need and a willingness to hire more, and they’ve already started doing so.
So what can you do to capitalize on this?
Well, it’s one thing to conduct a job search, but it’s another thing to conduct a successful (and speedy) job search. There are certain elements that you must have in order to conduct such a search.
We’ve compiled a list of those elements, with help from career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine, who recently wrote the article “10 Ways to Speed Up Your Job Search” for Time.com.
A resume and a cover letter, of course, are the first two essential elements of your search. However, the list does not stop there. That’s because everybody has those two things, and you want to set yourself apart from everybody else.
With that in mind, below are five more essential elements for a successful (and speedy) job search:
#1—An “elevator speech”
This is defined as a speech that you can deliver about your skills and experience, plus the value you bring, in the time it takes to ride the elevator. Like any speech, this one should be practiced, rehearsed, and refined, so that you can deliver it at a moment’s notice. After all, you never know when opportunity will present itself.
#2—A portfolio of your work
Regardless of your profession, there’s a tangible way that you can illustrate the work you’ve done in the past, and by extension, the type of work that an employer can expect from you in the future. This portfolio can be hardcopy and/or digital in format.
#3—Social media profiles
Companies look for candidates and at potential hires on social media sites. Social media has become so ingrained in our society that if you’re not participating in it, hiring officials might screen you out of the process. As crazy as that sounds, it’s reality of the situation.
#4—Social media activity
It’s not enough just to have a profile. You have to be an active participant in social media, as well, and not just participate, but do so in a way that highlights your expertise and the value you can bring to an employer. Choose your social media sites carefully, and also choose what you post to those sites carefully.
#5—A personal website
This represents a bigger investment of time and energy, but it definitely sets you apart from other job seekers and candidates, namely because so few people actually have such a site. Although the website is termed as “personal,” it should represent your professional life and should ideally present you as an expert in your chosen line of work.
Click here to read the Time.com article and the other ways in which you can speed your job search.