On June 26, 2021, Texas governor Greg Abbott required that people collecting unemployment must be actively looking for work. Some of the reasons included the increasing availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, access to necessary services such as child care, and the over 1 million jobs that need to be filled. If you need to find a job, competition for the best ones is tough. This is why you need a plan to increase the odds of landing the role you want.
Four Tips to Increase Success in Your Texas Job Search.
1. Manage Your Online Presence
The majority of hiring managers view an applicant’s social media accounts during the screening process. So, make sure the photos, videos, and information you share provide the image you want. For instance, your LinkedIn profile should include a professional headshot, updated skills and work experience, and content you created and shared. Also, your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other accounts should contain appropriate material and be free from spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors.
2. Talk with Your Network
Let your connections know you are looking for a job. Because most hiring managers find more value in hiring an employee through a referral than by simply reading their resume, the majority of openings are filled by networking. Someone in your industry may know about an opportunity you would excel in. Or, they might introduce you to a hiring manager or other professional who can help with your job search. Start reconnecting with your contacts and growing your network now.
3. Customize Your Resume
Tailor your resume based on each job you apply for. For instance, pepper in keywords used in the job description so your resume gets past the applicant tracking system (ATS) and into the hands of a hiring manager. Also, highlight your top skills, experience, and qualifications for the role. Additionally, mention your top three achievements in each role you held and how they benefitted your employer. Plus, limit your information to one page for easy skimming.
4. Work with a Staffing Firm
Talk with a recruiter from a local staffing agency that specializes in your industry. They have a vast network of employers looking for talent. The recruiter can place you in a temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct hire position. You gain the skills, experience, and qualifications needed to advance your career.
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