Top Strategies Job Seekers Should Prioritize

Top Strategies Job Seekers Should Prioritize Generation Z is now entering the workforce, making competition even greater. Here’s how to gain the advantage.

As a job seeker, it’s important to keep up with the current trends in your industry. This includes knowing the dos and don’ts of social media, especially when it comes to your personal branding. Familiarity and working knowledge of the latest tech tools will give you an upper hand to reach recruiters effectively.

Here are some tips to help you score a new career opportunity:

1. Know your competition. Know who you’re up against to determine what strategies will be most effective.

Are you aware that most companies are now more frequently considering “boomerang employees” over new applicants? “Boomerang employees” are those who have left acompany and returned.

So, as you look for your next job, you’ll be competing against company insiders and referrals, together with fresh graduates. Are you up for the challenge?

2. Ask for flexibility. Workplace flexibility is no longer taboo in 2016. Employers now have options to get the job done, and many employees are now working away from their desks with more open schedules; in many cases, this allows employees to work more effectively. If you think you’re capable of working with a flexible setup, don’t hesitate to ask your hiring manager about what’s available.

3. Develop your social media presence. This is very important now that most companies are regularly looking into potential applicants online. Be more cautious of what you post online — you never know who might be looking.

It’s a good idea to have both personal and public social media accounts to better control content you want to share, depending on your audience. Keep your personal accounts private if you are not comfortable with other people checking your profile.

Avoid posting negative tweets, and create a more polished and professional profile that will appeal to hiring managers.

Of course, there is no technology that will help you land a job instantly. However, you can still make use of it to improve your chances of getting in, and puttingyourself on the path to the job you’re looking for.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.