Research shows that the most important factor for a person’s overall health and well-being is job satisfaction. And studies also show that happy workers are more productive. So it behooves all job seekers and employers to make sure employees not feeling stuck, bored or unstimulated by their work situation.
So how can you take control of your own destiny, and get a fulfilling job that will make you and everyone else happy? From the resume process to the interview to negotiating your compensation, here are 10 ways to get hired – and get a better job – for anyone seeking to find more satisfaction.
Always Be Networking – Even if you’re happy in your job, you never know when you may be on the lookout again. Make sure you are professional, courteous and thorough with everyone you meet, because you never know who might hold the keys to your next opportunity.
Define Your Online Identity – If someone wants to work with you, they’re going to do their online research. So make sure what they find is exactly what you ‘d want to be there. Control your image, across all social networks, from LinkedIn to Twitter and beyond. Share and highlight issues you want to be associated with, and make sure to treat any interaction as if your future livelihood can be judged on it.
Make a Resume That Stands Out – While you certainly don’t want to overdo it, showing a little flair with formatting, font size or even graphics can help make your resume into something unique and memorable. Creating an online digital resume is also easier than ever, and is a way to quickly and easily show you are tech savvy.
Avoid Jargon – As you craft your resume, be on the lookout not only for annoying buzz-words like dynamic, synergy or paradigm, but also be aware of using too much industry- or company-specific jargon that may not make sense to an outsider. Instead of mentioning your extensive and thorough TPS Report experience, simply call them weekly progress updates.
Adapt Your Pitch – Whether you’ve sent a dozen resumes since lunchtime or it’s your first application in years, make sure you’re adapting your resume and cover letter to fit the position you’re looking for. It makes sense that the same objective that might appeal to an interactive entertainment company might not really apply to the waste management firm.
Make Yourself Impossible Not To Notice – Do whatever you can to be seen associated with topics or industries you want to be a part of, whether it’s by creating and moderating a group on Linked In or participating in conversations on Twitter. Even if nothing comes out of it at the time, chances are someone will take notice of your ubiquity and expertise.
Seek Out Potential Employers – Don’t just wait for a job listing to figure out what companies you’d like to work for, but instead research firms in your area that specialize in your areas of interest and expertise. Make friends and follow companies closely, and you’ll be prepared if an opening ever does become available.
Dress For Success – Just as you work to establish your online persona, it’s imperative you’re prepared to look the part for your ideal career. Even if it’s a trip to the coffee shop, if you think you may run into someone with whom you have or would like a professional relationship, make sure you look your best. What you wear and how you look can have a profound impact on other’s opinion of you.
Prepare For Standard Interview Questions – At this point, you may be annoyed but you shouldn’t be surprised if someone asks you to tell you about your biggest weakness on a job interview. Make sure you’ve practiced answers to this and other common interview question so you won’t awkwardly stumble through your answers.
Use Leverage While You Have It – If you’re on the cusp of securing your dream job and a chance to be happy, make sure to take advantage of what may end up being your one and only chance to really bump up your salaries or incentives. Ask about a slightly higher salary than offer or inquire if bonuses are available. If you phrase the question the right way, employers may be willing to throw a little extra compensation your way.