DENVER — A long weekend is a great opportunity to start looking for a job, so many will log onto their laptops, smartphones and tablets and punch in a job search engine. But is this the right way to go about job hunting?
According to experts, it can actually hurt you to put spread your resume and applications across a number of job postings that may not be the perfect fit.
And in Colorado, one of the top employment markets in the nation with just 2.3 percent unemployment versus the national average of 4.4 percent unemployment, ensuring your search is targeted and fruitful is crucial.
Job seekers should hone in on jobs that match 80 percent of their qualifications, no less
When looking at a job, it is easy to fall into a trap of assuming oneself can perform the required tasks, even if the job's qualifications aren't entirely met.
Employers and hiring managers are less likely to reach out to those who don't match at least 80 percent of the posted job's qualifications. With today's technology, all job seekers see the same jobs available and the number of applicants has risen drastically.
Stay energized and stick to a routine
Part of your job as a job seeker is marketing yourself, and a key part of staying motivated is not expending wasted energy or efforts on those jobs that, as above, aren't the perfect fit.
To help, experts like Andrew Hudson, who runs a popular job search site in Colorado, suggest only spending 20 percent of your time on a job board like indeed.com.
Utilize your time instead on identifying the jobs on those job boards that fit your qualifications, then put in work learning about the company or organization. Use what you've learned to beef up your resume and cover letter to showcase what aligns with that company's desires and values.
Utilize all the tools at your disposal
LinkedIn, social media and friend networks are a powerful thing, and many jobs in the U.S. are obtained simply by knowing the right person.
Utilize LinkedIn, a job networking service, to connect with professionals in the field of your interest. Use it to spark conversations, seek insight and create valuable contacts.
The same can be done with your own group of friends, both on Facebook and by telephone. Reach out to former people who managed you as an intern, professors, high school teachers and friends in professional positions.
Job seekers will quickly learn their time spent networking is certainly not time wasted. Those who assert themselves in their fields are not typically viewed as annoying, but as proactive and intelligent. Why shouldn't that be you?