Trying to find a job can be overwhelming.
You’ve got to write a résumé, search for jobs in your area, apply for the jobs you find, and cross your fingers hoping that someone will hire you.
…But what if you could use a few strategies that would eliminate your need to cross your fingers and make you feel way more confident about your job hunt?
Good news: you can.
Here’s how to find jobs in Killeen, Texas:
Re-visit your résumé and the methods you use to apply to jobs.
Let’s face it – you’re going to have a hard time getting a job if your résumé isn’t effective, regardless of how qualified you are for the position.
That’s why it’s so important to update your résumé before you start sending it to potential employers. More specifically, here’s what you need to do:
- Make sure your summary/objective is written in a human voice — no boring jargon allowed! Also, use that section of your résumé to express who you are, what you do, and how you can help the business you’re applying to work at.
- Include keywords in your résumé based on what your potential employer is likely looking for.
- Avoid simply listing off tasks and duties under your previous jobs. Instead, focus more on how you helped solve problems at those companies – be direct and tell your experience like a short (one paragraph) story! This works because it positions you as an expert who will be able to solve problems at your new company too (and that’s exactly what they’re looking for!).
- Use a conversational tone and don’t be afraid to write in first person. Also, you should use full sentences when describing your experience at all of your previous jobs.
- Proofread! This is such an important step, and way too many people skip it. If you’re not a great writer, hire someone to edit your résumé.
And don’t just send a regular ol’ cover letter – for best results, use your cover letter as an opportunity to email a tailored letter to the hiring manager. To write this letter effectively, figure out what problem you solve for the employer you’re applying to work for and then tell/show why you’re qualified to solve that problem for them in the email.
Also, try to send your letter/résumé directly to a manager or CEO instead of using the company’s standard application process. That way, you can use someone’s name in your email and quickly get on their radar as someone who researched the company before applying.
Keep your email short too. Managers are busy people and will appreciate your straightforward approach to job-hunting.
Make the most of your LinkedIn profile.
When you write the summary and talk about your work experience in your LinkedIn profile, use the same strategies listed above in the bullet points for résumé-writing.
Doing so will help you stand out quickly and catch the attention of hiring managers who view your profile to learn more about you. (Check out this blog post to learn more about writing an effective LinkedIn summary!)
Once you’ve got a solid LinkedIn profile, consider adding connections based on where you want to work. This is a great way to get on a manager’s radar. Who knows – they might see your profile and reach out to you with a job opportunity without you ever even sending an application!
If you do this, just make sure you aren’t spammy about it. That means never bombarding people’s inboxes with sales pitches or other self-serving inquiries.
Another thing you can do after your optimize your LinkedIn profile is use the search tool to look for local recruiters who might be able to find a good job for you. You can narrow down your search to the Killeen/Temple, Texas, area to make this process easier. Then, connect with any recruiters who look like they can help you and start networking!
Reach out to recruiters and staffing agencies.
We’ve already talked about reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, but that isn’t the only way you can do it.
Head over to Google and search for “staffing agencies in Killeen.”
Right away, you’ll see several employment agencies pop up. Look through them, and try to figure out which one is best for the specific career path you’re looking to take.
From there, you can contact the agency and set up a time to talk to someone about your work experience and the kind of job you’re looking for. Or, if you’re not in Killeen yet, you can use many of these sites to apply to jobs directly after filling out a questionnaire.
Check job boards and sites.
If you’ve ever looked for a job before, you can probably name a few of these sites off the top of your head. Here are some of my favorites (other than my #1 favorite, LinkedIn):
- Indeed – This one is awesome because it’s super easy to use. You just type in what you’re looking for and where you want to work, and you get results.
- Craigslist – This can be a good way to find jobs in some industries. Just make sure you watch out for scams because they’re common on Craigslist. If something there seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
- Monster – Much like Indeed, Monster is easy to use. You just type in the job you want and the place you want to work and BOOM – results!
But you don’t have to just use these. Research a bit to see if you can find a job board specific to the industry you’re looking to work in. These boards are out there – you’ve just got to do a bit of digging to find them.
With all the helpful info in this blog post, you should be well-equipped to find a job in Killeen soon!
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