RMG Staffing has been in the hospitality and staffing industry for more than a decade. With a wonderful and dedicated team, we have and will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients. In addition to making our clients feel like rock stars, RMG Staffing is blessed to be in a position where we can dramatically improve the careers of the people who want to excel in South Florida’s hospitality industry. We also try to give great career advice to every prospective employee that walks through our doors. One of the many pieces of advice we offer is ways to improving one’s job search. Here are four key ways to jump-starting your career in the right path.
1. Focus on the High-Return Job Efforts
Job boards have less than a 5% effectiveness rate while networking has more than a 50% effectiveness rate. Start by selecting 10 to 30 companies where you would love to work. Do a company search on LinkedIn and identify the decision makers and their staff. Follow the company and people on LinkedIn and Facebook, join their groups and conversations, and comment on their blogs.
2. Review Your Online Presence
Studies show that 88% of employers Google prospective employees’ names so make sure you have a completed LinkedIn profile. Check your various social media presences and be careful of the content you post. Take down or change any comments that reflect poorly on you.
3. Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
If a recruiter was searching through LinkedIn to find people for the position you are seeking, would you show up? Try it and if you are not on the first or second page, go back to your profile and add keywords to increase your ranking. A simple trick is to look at the profiles of the people who rank well and follow their examples.
4. Create Measurable Goals
Stay disciplined. Set goals. For example, “I will make 15 networking calls and have two meetings per week.” Make sure you are focusing on high-impact efforts like networking versus job board submissions. Keep a record of your efforts so if an employer calls, you can quickly determine when and how they were contacted.