Serious job seekers understand that finding the perfect job requires more than occasionally Googling “writing job opportunities” and calling it a day. If you really want 2019 to be the year you land a great job, consider investing more strategically in your job search with some of the following ideas.
Sign up for a job search site.
A really great job search site—like FlexJobs—can take a lot of the effort out of your search by matching you with vetted jobs in areas that interest you. With multiple levels of pricing and membership opportunities, FlexJobs can help you find and apply for great jobs, as well as create a personalized portfolio with your resume and work samples to attract employers. Expert job search tips and other resources on the site will also help you create an even more effective search.
Get some career coaching.
If you’ve been searching for a while and you just can’t seem to land the job you’re looking for, some career coaching might help. Career coaches can help you define and achieve your professional objectives based on your past experiences and future goals.
In fact, people with FlexJob memberships are now eligible for discounted career coaching as one of the additional perks of joining.
Have a professional look over your resume.
Even copy editors need a little, well, copy editing, from time to time. Even if you’ve had friends and family look over your resume in the past, it might be worth hiring a professional resume writer to give yours a once-over to make sure everything looks neat and is formatted correctly, and to be sure there aren’t any glaring typos or other issues.
Take a class.
If it’s less about your ability to search for a job and more about your experience and accolades, you might consider taking a class or online course in a subject that will set your resume ahead of the others. Taking a class might be one of the more expensive ways to invest in your job search, but if it helps you land that gig, it will be well worth it in the end. Try doing some research to understand which skills and traits are most coveted in the positions you’re interested in, and then see which courses can help you learn them.
Join (or create) a professionals group.
Networking is an easy way to get the word out to like-minded career folk that you’re interested and open to new job opportunities. Checking out local networking events is a great way to get started, but growing your own intimate network might be an even better way to stay in touch with people in your industry who might be able to help you find a job.
Finding a new job can be a stressful time, but if you put some of these systems into place, you’ll at least know you’re doing everything you can to maximize your job search effort.