Top job search tips from our experts

In the competitive landscape of job hunting and career advancement, securing interviews and building a successful path can often feel like navigating a labyrinth. However, with the right strategies and insights from seasoned professionals, you can significantly enhance your chances of landing that dream job. Here are some invaluable tips and advice from experts in various fields to guide you through this journey…

To get an interview, use your network! A referral is more likely to get an interview rather than a random resume. Why? Because they have someone vouching for them and most people are not going to give their name to an unqualified candidate. Also, let people know you are looking for a job and what type of position you would prefer. I’ll be honest, for the job that shaped my career, I got an interview because I told someone I needed to get out of my current position. They mentioned me to someone within their HR department. They were not hiring for anything I was qualified for, but the HR representative knew another company that’s hiring for my skill. I was connected to someone within that company and two weeks later I had a job offer. To conclude, networks are powerful!” – Jamie Van Cuyk, Small Business Consultant

“Double check facts. Double check intentions. There are many pieces of advice I like to give people (and even more if they actually ask me for advice!), but those two are the most important. Apply that to your projects, your business, your relationships… and a lot of problems just disappear!” – Claus Raasted, LARPing and co-founder of The College of Extraordinary Experiences

“Prepare 10-15 stories that you can tell in an interview. Know those stories. Have them on a sheet of paper in your binder. If you are absolutely stuck, grab your notes. You probably won’t need them, but it’s a safety net. Also, try to build a rapport with the hiring manager. The better a rapport you build in an interview, the better they’ll be able to see you in the job.” – Amie Thompson, Interview & Resume Coach

I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years now and in order to get the best from it, I’ve definitely had to be flexible in so many ways. It pays to be curious and if you don’t know something, just ask.” –  James ‘MrConnectivity’ Williams, Leading Mobile Industry Fraud Fighter, With XConnect

Learn from the Pro! Austin Belcak, Founder Of Cultivated Culture, shares the most impactful advice he received: 

“Take advice from people who already have what you want.’ If you want to do something, find someone who already did it and came from a situation similar to yours. Want to build an app but don’t have any money or coding skills? Find someone who created a successful app without either of those things!”

Learning from successful people and leveraging your network are essential strategies for navigating the job market. Whether through meaningful connections, compelling narratives or continuous learning, applying these approaches can greatly enhance your career prospects. Don’t forget to click here for more insightful career advice to help you successfully navigate your job search!

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