Have you recently lost your job thanks to the recession? Or are you just trying to land yourself a great new telecommuting job? Whatever the reason, there are many ways to land that next great opportunity by coming up with a plan to market your skills and expertise to potential employers. Here are the top five ways to market yourself like a pro.
#1 - Design a great resume that will get noticed.
As you begin your job search, you are probably encountering many cases where the only way you can apply is by submitting your resume. This can be frustrating because you don’t know for sure if anyone is actually bothering to read your resume on the other end. However, may recruiters and human resource managers say the same thing when it comes to resumes. They do review resumes that are well-written, grammatically correct and highlighting the skills and experience gained from past employment or education. Instead of just creating a dull list of the jobs held and basic duties, include any special achievements or recognition you earned in a descriptive way. For example, if you created a program that saved your previous employer money or increased revenues, be sure to include this.
#2 – Join social and professional networks.
Take it from successful marketers who will tell you that the key to getting attention in this very competitive world is to get yourself out there and involved with as may social and professional networks as possible. The truth about job seeking is that sometimes it’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Oftentimes, this means knowing someone who knows of a company that’s hiring or some other opportunity. If you want to increase the chances of finding that perfect telecommuting job, then you need to be actively involved with professional and social networks. You can find these networks both locally and online.
#3 – Register with staffing companies and job services.
Despite the high number of candidates who are out there trying to land a better job, you can increase the chances of successfully landing the job of your dreams by registering with staffing companies and job services. These can be found locally or online. Be sure to post your best resume, highlight your skills and provide any samples of your work if you can to get the attention of companies that are looking for someone with your skills. If you are a freelancer, include links to your website or blog so others can learn more about you.
#4 – Research the kinds of jobs or companies you want to work for.
There is a wealth of information available to you thanks to modern technology. Once you have decided what kind of career or job you’d like to pursue, do a quick search online to find companies that offer those opportunities. Check out their career pages and see what requirements they have for telecommuting roles. You may stumble upon a great opportunity before anyone else does or get an idea about something you can offer as a freelancer.
#5 – Revamp your image.
It may sound silly, but if you want to work in a specific role, start giving that impression whenever you go out in public. That doesn’t mean you should walk around in a three-piece suit, but it means you should don a professional look and demeanor that will get you noticed by people in your community and professional networks. People will remember you for the well-dressed, well-spoken professional that you are and they will think of you when they hear of a job opportunity. Don’t be afraid to try a new haircut, leave business cards in public establishments or redesign your personal web-space to portray a new and better you.
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Tess C Taylor