6 Tips for Landing a Job in 2012

Posted on March 7, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s a new year.


Whether it’s rewriting your cover letter, reviewing the way you approach interviews, or rethinking what kind of job will make you happy, here are some tips for landing a new job in the new year. You’ll hear from authors, career experts, career coaches, and even entrepreneurs.

Position yourself as a thought leader in your industry.


Create a professional blog and write insightful posts about industry trends and advice. Comment on other top blogs to increase your visibility within those communities. Join and participate in niche communities, such as LinkedIn groups related to your expertise and skills. Share relevant articles (and your own content) on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Let a job find you.

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If you are a job seeker, you need to shift your focus. Instead of spending all of your time identifying jobs and applying, you should also think about how to help people who want to hire you, find you. Ramp up your networking efforts. A Jobvite study showed 89 percent of U.S. companies will use social networks for recruiting in 2012 and 73 percent of social hires are via LinkedIn. In its job-seeker survey, Jobvite found 78 percent of job seekers who credited their current job to social networking named Facebook as the key factor in landing their position and 42 percent mentioned Twitter.

Write a new cover letter.


If you’re still using a generic cover letter that simply summarizes your resume, you’re missing out on one of the most effective ways to get an employer’s attention. In 2012, throw out that old letter and start writing new ones for each job for which you apply. In this job market, you can’t afford to squander an entire application page repeating what’s on your resume. Instead, use your cover letter to provide information about how you’re fit for the job; information that isn’t available on your resume, such as personal traits, work habits, and why you’re excited about the position.

Bring questions to a job interview.


Bring questions to a job interview. When an interviewer asks you if you have any questions, make sure you do. And make sure they’re good ones. Having smart questions will show an interviewer that you are discerning about the company for which you work, that you have prepared for the interview, and that you’re familiar with the company. Spend some time looking at company reviews online and reading the latest news about the company and about the industry overall.

Follow up after an interview.


If you are genuinely interested in the job after the interview, make a habit of sending a follow-up note of appreciation. While a thank-you note doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the job, it certainly won’t hurt you. Not only is it a gesture of common courtesy, it’s a perfect place for you to reiterate your interest and show the hiring manager why you are the right person for the job.

Create your own business.


When you look at the history of business over the last 100 years, you will find that many of today’s most successful companies started in the 1930s—the same decade as the Great Depression. The fact is, innovation and business growth comes out of downed economies because entrepreneurs are problem solvers (and there are certainly enough problems to be solved in times such as these). We are in the age of the entrepreneur. The new economy has forever changed the social norms of yesteryear, so 2012 is as good a time as any to join the entrepreneurial revolution.

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