If it’s been five or more years since your last job search, you need to come to terms with the fact that you may need to change how you look for a job this time around.
Some quick tips:
1. Technology has changed the job search. Companies are inundated with applicants for job openings because it only takes a few minutes to apply online for a position. This means you need to work harder to differentiate yourself.
2. The least effective way to find a job is to apply for advertised openings, sending your résumé online through a company employment portal or a third-party website. These only account for about 15% of new hires, so don’t spend more than 20% of your time on them.
3. Some things in job search haven’t changed, though. The résumé is not dead (although it doesn’t look the same as it did 10 years ago). Networking can still help you get the inside scoop. And people still hire people. Networking is the key. This is where +70% of new hires come from and clearly is where you should be sending most of your time.