Job search: two words that can make anyone cringe just thinking about them. Whether you’re fresh out of college or a seasoned professional, looking for a new position often comes with the stress of the hunt, finding the right fit, perfecting your resume and, of course, the interview process. Our Talent Team here at Cheer Partners knows just how hard it can be to find the right position, the right company and the right culture for you. But, one of the most important things to do is to remain positive throughout your active search. If you’re looking to land your dream job, keep these essential tips top of mind:

  • Update your resume frequently, even before you start the job search. You want to ensure that it captures all that you have accomplished and celebrates your successes.
  • Give yourself a competitive edge. What can you highlight to make you stand out from similar candidates?
  • Tailor your resume to match each job you apply to—it’s not one size fits all!
  • Submit cover letters via email. Don’t create a separate document that needs to be opened, and also don’t squeeze it in with your resume. Take the time to write a thoughtful note, as this is the time to sell your personal brand.
  • Don’t scroll through a ton of job postings with generic searches. Make sure your searches are targeted for the specific role that you want.
  • Research the companies you are interested in and follow them on LinkedIn as well as their other social channels. This will help you get a feel for how they truly celebrate and engage with their employees.
  • Follow up. HR and Talent Specialists receive hundreds of resumes for a single job post. So, several days after you submit your resume, reach out to reiterate your interest in the company and role with a personalized message.
  • Maximize your LinkedIn profile. Keep it up current and be sure to feature your recent experience. If you’re working and you’re afraid of your changes being seen, go into your settings and make the necessary privacy adjustment to not have your updates posted.
  • Reach out to your alumni networks! They are not just there for reunions and charity events and can open up a world of connections.
  • Thoughtfully write your Thank You note. These go a very long way. Go beyond the “nice to meet you”. Be thorough.
  • Consider sharing a case study, writing sample or something of importance to this role. Don’t reiterate items on your resume—you already did this during the interview. Take this moment and showcase yourself as being their next great hire.

As long as you remain optimistic and in control of your job search, your stress level will be low, and you’ll be able to truly focus on what your next steps will be. Be the candidate that you would want to hire, and that will shine through from your initial outreach through the offer. Good luck!