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  • Writer's pictureRahul Guha

Here are seven handy hacks that can fetch jackpot in your job hunting

I have practiced these myself. I still get one job approach a month from the recruiters, while my candidate profile is passive, but in social media, I am hyperactive.

What I will share with you today works for every responsibility level. If you are a job seeker, you may spend a reasonable time scrolling down the job portals, and LinkedIn feeds.

If you are a fresher, register with Internshala or first Naukri.

Many get a premium account with job boards or LinkedIn, and the list of initiatives goes on while they hunt for a job.

It would help if you had a job under distinct circumstances, eventually coming off in your life.

You may feel stuck in your present Job, go under dire stress from family to relocate, start hating a 9-5 routine or become jobless. Whatever the circumstances, a lucky game of life may be waiting for you at any point in your career.

There's no doubt that many companies go slow in their hiring process or at least slower than you'd expect. Woefully, you can do little to hasten the process on the other end. Nevertheless, you can strive at some easy-to-follow steps to obliterate the time-consuming hiring process.

So are you ready to hop on these tips? Here I come with seven hacks that may hit the jackpot in your job-hunting efforts.

#1 Set Your Objective

Most people fail to answer this fundamental question "what is your career objective?". We do job searches for various reasons, but our objectives vary.

Before you hunt for a new job, pause to set your job-search objective and career purpose.

Try answering these questions- What is my next career goal?

Why am I looking for a job?

Which companies should I aim at?

You can also pen down a few key points, to be precise, a few bullet points, and always keep these in mind as you search for jobs.

A purpose will help you find targeted opportunities and help you decide amongst multiple offers. This way, you may avoid a rushed panic at times.

It was too suggestible to narrow your search focused on your objectives, keeping them at the top of your mind.

#2 Revamp Your Networking

Networking is a new-age currency. I am talking about a thriving network in social space.

As 75% of the jobs are hidden, your connections & followers are the best resources to help you reach those vacancies.

You need to keep two elements in mind: consistently invite relatable people to grow your network, and, secondly, engage, engage and engage.

There is no alternative to engagement through your post, comments, and shares. Share articles, comment on others' posts, and even join a LinkedIn group to interact with others. LinkedIn & Quora are the best platforms to thrive your professional network.

You can connect with the CXOs, Hiring Managers, and Consultants and let them know what you are good at. Update your profile 100% with skills, accomplishments, certificates & awards. If people know your career objective and abilities, they will certainly recommend you. You find ways to remain at the top of your mind through engagements.

You may read my other article on "5 top secrets introvert killer network formula"

#3 Craft An irresistible Resume

A recruiter may get an average of 300 resumes against a managerial vacancy. A study shows recruiters get flat six seconds to scan a resume. It is like reading a newspaper in the early morning with the rush of going to the office in the next hour in mind. You only read that news that has an eye-catching headline, right?

Same as there are headlines, intriguing keywords will catch the eyeballs. It would be best if you tidied up your resume with things that may raise the recruiter's interest and not with cliché words and statements.

While discussing resumes, we must focus on the robotic Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) responsible for maximum resume rejections by scanning to shortlist suitable matches.

It would help to have a strong resume and write for the bots.

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#4 Initiate Job-search Alerts

Job searching can be considered one of the most tedious and time-consuming processes. It initially seems easy to spend hours scrolling through job boards, but with time frustrations grow, and you start losing interest.

If you wish to streamline this step of the job searching process and save time for more rewarding activities, start looking for effective job boards with enough jobs in your niche.

Further, sign up for their daily job alerts and notifications. And then, you'll receive a push notification of new postings directly to your inbox every time a new vacancy pops up.

#5 Use a tool to track the progress of your applications

The outcome is more important than the actions. 90% of job seekers keep applying for jobs without getting a response and lose track after some days.

You only hear from the recruiter if you are shortlisted. If a particular job is of utmost importance, you will find ways to crack it.

The momentum needs to improve when you do it all by yourself. Self-review works excellently to check progress and find alternatives.

This is possible by religiously keeping track of your applications and reverts. You may use to keep a tab on your approaches.

As a ground rule, whenever you find a dream job besides applying, try connecting with a maximum number of people in that company on LinkedIn; this will help you access the recruiter when you need them.

#6 Emotionally connect with a Pain Letter

You always put a note when you apply for a job. Traditionally people make a Cover letter, but times have changed to start creating pain letters. It is slightly different; cover letters talk about your credibility and experience, whereas pain letters address how competent you are in resolving a business's pain.

When you offer a solution, the human tendency is to check that out.

I will share an example here; every company loves to save costs, aka, wasteful expenses. If you can mention how you have reduced 40% of human resources cost with your unique strategies by adopting free applications delivering the same or better results, recruiters will get intrigued.

If you have worked in an industry, you will know the innate pains and anchor those in your pain letter.

You may customize Pain letters considering the role you intend to take up & the company you are approaching. A fit to all letter may prove to be futile.

#7 Practice Interviewing

You must be optimistic when you make an application. Your positive energy will certainly show up if you act intelligently and consistently with determination.

I have spoken about how to apply for jobs; let me know how you may succeed in the interviews if called.

Remember, only 6% of the applicants can compete in interviews. If you wish to be a winner, practice these five steps from now.

These are the steps hardly people talk about, but I put utmost importance as these build foundations.

a. Have a 30-second compelling story to narrate. If you speak at a moderate speed, about 50 words will make your story. This acts as a hook and raises the interest of the interviewer.

b. Have your purpose ready. A common question in interviews is, " tell something about yourself," including your WHY and purpose.

c. One particular niche that you can explain lucidly and sound confident. This is your expertise. Most make mistakes by posing themselves as a jack of all trades. Play the one Niche Card you will win.

e. Do thorough research about the interviewer. People get excited to research more about the company and skip the interviewer persona.

f. Never show desperation for the Job. In hiring, people look for the value that the person can bring, not a cheap and readily available resource. Position yourself as an expert; you will have the upper hand to bargain if they offer you.

My parting note!

You must have started evaluating your efforts in job hunting, and I am sure you will mend strategies for your good. People fail when they develop a "Know it all" attitude and stop searching for new knowledge and ideas.

As a Career Coach, I consider Job hunting an art, and one needs to learn to master it.

Because job requirements, recruiter's approach, and technology driving this industry are changing rapidly for good.

You tend to get overwhelmed and overstretched with personal priorities, performance pressure, and a shortage of matching jobs in the market. You may need more time to network. Only when one faces a roadblock do most people turn for help.

To avoid stress, you must do a passive job search by regularly networking with your right audience and in professional groups.

You may choose an opportunity but make ways that reach you.

You may not wear a badge as a job seeker or do a shout-out on LinkedIn, but you can interact with the leaders of those companies you consider a dream company. Plan, act, and review, not just the work that your boss demands but also give importance & time to your priorities.

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