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Strategies For Landing Your Next Career

Updated on January 18, 2016

2016 will be an interesting year for job seekers as many employees from the baby boomer era are beginning to retire and pass the torch to those who are starting their families, making plans, and setting their sights on the possibilities to come. Ideas and even dreams are good for the soul but it doesn't help you obtain the ideal career.

The job market is flooded with candidates from various age groups, experience levels, and educational proficiency. This fierce competitiveness encourages job applicants to develop innovate methods that not only help improve their chances for employment but provide an opportunity to develop strategic planning skills.

Strategies to Increase Your Employment Opportunities:

1. Do not sell your self with one career path. Limiting yourself on a resume can be disastrous and may result in many missed opportunities. Be general with your objective and allow the hiring manager / recruiter to make the determination where you could be an effective fit. Do not take away the employers ability to interpret your potential.

2. Cast a wide net. You should always try to locate and apply for as many positions within a short time frame. Human resources is typically inundated with candidates and the response time for most large companies is 1-3 months. Many of the jobs you will apply for may never respond back, which is all the more relevant why applying for more than a few makes sense. Probability is important. Sign up on as many employment websites as possible. The benefit is the employers are seeking you out. The more exposure, the higher a likelihood someone will notice your talent.

3. Schedule informational interviews via LinkedIn. You can twist your fingers all day and hope something amazing will come to the rescue but let's be honest with ourselves, its about the effort you put forth that contributes to obtaining a position. What better way than to casually discuss with a manager under no pressure the dynamics of their company and what their expectations are in a candidate? How ideal would it be to meet with someone from your local community on their break and pick their brain about the best approach to obtain a position? You've already impressed the manager by being this proactive. Just make sure you dress appropriately and fashion a clean, well organized resume to present when you discuss your goals. The individual has to take you seriously. Running into an informational interview without a resume is like skydiving out of a plane without a parachute...it doesn't look good for the home team.

4. Help yourself by helping the recruiter. There is a strong possibility that many recruiters that view your resume may not completely grasp the technical jargon you've decided to enter under your experience header. Remember to be Psuedo-Savy. You need to break the technical information into a tangible and simplistic form that anyone can understand. Always assume your audience knows nothing about what you do. Keep it simple.

5. Location flexibility. This option isn't always available but to those who can jump at the opportunities that come. A robust resume demonstrates your ability to work in different environments. This tells the employer evaluating the resume that you can work proficiently in many job settings and typically provides higher compensation benefits (as to incentivize a relocation).

There are many opportunities to increase your visibility in the job market and applying a little strategy yields progress as you continue in pursuit of the most beneficial career path.

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