In the current competitive job market, it is important to know exactly how you can perform an effective job search so that you do not miss out on good opportunities. The process isn’t as simple as applying for jobs and getting called in for an interview, it is actually more complex if you want to get the most out of job hunting. Successful job searchers use a range of approaches to help themselves stand out as the best candidates.

Read on to learn more about job search strategies you can use to increase the success in getting noticed by employers and securing an interview.

Find specialized job platforms

Job search engines like Seek, Indeed and CareerOne are great places to start if you are looking for a variety of jobs. However, if you are searching for specific jobs (e.g. graduate roles) consider trying a job search engine that caters specifically to your need. GradConnection is an excellent job search engine for graduate roles and internships. This means you can spend less time scanning the job descriptions and selection criteria to find out if you’re suitable, and more time applying for those roles!

List some keywords relating to your job title

Some roles may be very similar in the duties they involve but may have different job titles. Widen your job search by noting keywords that relate to the role you are looking for and terms that can be used interchangeably. For example, if you are looking for a role in project management, looking at including words such as “manager” and “planner” in your job search.

Remember, if you are just looking to step foot in a new industry, your first role may not be your exact dream job. That doesn’t mean that you should disregard everything that isn’t exactly what you are looking for. Consider roles with similar duties so that you can get your foot in the door. You can always move on to what you really want when you have gained some experience in the field.

Use multiple channels

Job searching online is the most common way to find new roles but don’t fall into the trap of limiting yourself to only jobs advertised online. It is important to continue networking and building connections with the right people so that you can get your foot in the door. Be sure to utilize your friends and family when job searching because you never know who may know who.

Be present at conferences and industry gathering as well so that you are constantly getting to know new people in your field. Approaching companies directly can be a good way of getting noticed immediately. First of all, you show people that you are more determined than the candidates who have chosen to remain behind a computer screen and you are able to give them a genuine impression of yourself in person.

Tailor your resume

A common mistake many job searchers make is mass distributing the same resume. This will hold your application back as you may not be responding to the selection criteria of each role. Sometimes, even strategic wording can make a resume go from bland and unsuited to highly impressive. The key is to do your research before you begin your application. Make sure your resume ticks all the boxes by scanning the selection criteria and making sure you include everything the employer is looking for.

This also means removing the things your employer is not looking for. Your first casual job when you were fifteen, may have been important to include at some point but if you are looking for a professional job in an industry such as finance, there may be more noteworthy things you could be putting on your resume.

Be patient

Job searching takes time when you factor in researching, applying and then waiting for responses. It can be difficult to maintain positivity during these times but just remember that all your hard work is leading you to your dream job. Sometimes it can be handy to follow up with some companies about your application so that you know where your application is at and so you can show your potential employers that you are determined to get the role.

Job searching is time-consuming and arduous but with these five tips, anyone can turn an ineffective job hunt into a successful one. Just remember to stay positive and continue putting in the effort and you’ll find yourself landing your dream job in no time!

Caroline Schmidt writes the blogs for Kangan Institute. She is passionate about education, careers, and giving advice to students of all ages.

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