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6 Game-Changing Job Search Strategies

6 Game-Changing Job Search Strategies

We know, you’re probably spending this afternoon lounging on the couch with delicious snacks while watching your favorite sports team. And while we certainly recommend enjoying your relaxing weekend afternoon, why not use the commercial breaks to move your job search forward?

For an easy transition, start with these six smart job search strategies borrowed from your favorite games and sports. From learning how to be a boomerang in your career to building up a strong team of connections, include these tips in your game plan, and you’ll see success in no time.

Your job search is like the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the Stanley Cup rolled into one. If you want to win the top prize-your dream job-it's time to shake up the field.

1. Become a boomerang

Boomerang aren't just for throwing; you never know if your old employer has a new position perfect for your return.

a. 37% of organizations rehire former employees because they have familiarity with the job
b. Rehiring a former employee only costs employers 1/3 that of what hiring a new employee costs
c. 33% of organizations rehire former employees because they understand the company culture

Tip : Keep in touch with former coworkers and managers so you'll be fresh in their minds for new opportunities.

2. Your references are your best defense

There's no offense like a strong defense, and your references are your best bet for making it through the interview process and into your dream job.

a. 96% of HR professionals indicated that their organization conducts some form of background or reference check on job applicants
b. Reference checks remove 1 in 5 job candidates from consideration
c. 15% of workers reported that they have listed someone as reference, but didn't tell that person

Tip : Talk to your references before putting them on your resume and make sure they're supportive on your job search.

3. Send your stats

Like a baseball card containing all of a player's stats, a work portfolio shows concrete examples of what you're capable of contributing.

a. 95% of employers now research candidates online
b. 56% of hiring managers find personal websites to be the most impressive hiring or self-marketing tool a candidate can have
c. 77% of candidates would like to have a personal website, but only 7% have one

Tip : Your portfolio should show off your creativity and accurately reflect your industry and desired position.

4. Develop a social media playbook

The best teams have a winning playbook, and if you want to use social media to your advantage on the hunt, you'll need a well-developed strategy.

a. 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social cedia in their recruiting efforts
b. 78% of recruiters have made a hire through social media
c. 60% of recruiters estimate the value of social media hires as greater that $20k per year

Tip : Use your social media channels to develop a compelling personal and professional brand.

5. Mobilize your job search offensive

Your smartphone might just be your secret weapon in the search for job search gold.

a. 1 billion job searches are done per month on a mobile device
b. Only 20% of companies have mobile-optimized career sites
c. 72% of active job seekers use mobile devices to view a career company site

Tip : Format your resume so it will be easy to submit through both a PC and mobile ATS.

6. Network like a champion

It's hard to find that dream job alone, so go recruit a great team to get you to the finish line.

a. Employee referrals account for 40% of all hires
b. Only 4% of LinkedIn users have more than 3,000 connections - defined as a "super connector"
c. 21.7% of LinkedIn users have 500-999 1st-level connections

Tip : Don't just network online - go to meetups, hackathons, and industry events to rub elbows with the movers and shakers in-person.

If you utilize the latest job searching techniques, you'll beat the competition and win the job of your dreams!


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