6 Tips to Make Your Job Search Easier (2022)

updated on 19 April 2022

As our founder, Nikita Gupta, says - finding a job is a job in itself, and we wouldn't disagree. The job hunt process may seem overwhelming. Resume reviews, LinkedIn makeovers, mock interviews, and mentorship can undoubtedly make it easier, but if you're targeting to apply to FAANG companies, fine-tuning your job search strategy can supercharge your job search! 🎯

Not sure what that means? Don't worry! FAANGPath - your job search best friend is here to help you succeed. 🦾 

This blog will cover the top six tips on how to make your job search easier! 

1. Name Your Company-Specific Optimized Resumes and Cover Letters Correctly. πŸ—‚

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of optimizing your resume and cover letter to include job-specific keywords for each application. But we also do understand that when you're applying to multiple jobs simultaneously, maintaining a record of them can be a tedious task. 

A quick tip to efficiently maintain a record of all your resume or cover letter versions is to name them using the following naming convention:

"FirstNameLastName_PositionTitle_CompanyName"

Name all your resume and cover letters for each application in the above-stated format and upload them all to a Google Drive folder. Whenever you hear back from a company interested in taking the application further, you don't have to panic and worry about the version you've submitted. Your organized records will always rescue you.

2. Track Your Job Applications. πŸ—“

Keeping track of your job applications is essential when simultaneously applying to several companies and positions. It can help you maintain a record of what positions you applied to and when, and the progress on those applications. You could use this information later to get an idea of applications that went through and those that didn't, to make corrections in your approach/resume/any other details for better results in the future. We've already created a Job Applications Dashboard for you to use from our FAANGPath resources to save you time. Don't forget to duplicate the dashboard using the option in the top right corner to get started. 

Here's a quick guide on how to use our Job Applications Dashboard:

  • Current Resume: Upload the latest version of your ATS-compliant resume optimized resume here. Download or replace it on the go as and when required.
  • Cover Letter: Upload your personalized cover letter template, which you can edit easily every time you need to apply for a role.
  • Details to Quickly Apply: Add your personal information, social media links, education/projects, and work experience details in this section, so you don't have to look for different documents each time.
  • Personality Test: Not sure what category of personalities you fall into? Take a personality test to identify yours and understand the best career path for you.
  • Applications Tracker: This is one of the most important tools of this resource. For each job application, enter the name of the company, role, location, job description link, status of the application(you can pick from the various options available), date of application, company website link, date when someone from the company contacted you last, name of the contact person/recruiter, and more. So the next time you hear back from a company you applied to, visit this tracker to revise all the details and put your best foot forward.
  •  Network Tracker: It allows you to add details of the contact person for each application for future reference.
  • Useful Job Portals & Boards: You're an active jobseeker but don't know where to find job opportunities? Our list of job portals contains details of several websites you can apply from.
  • Social Footprint: Input links to your social media accounts to find them quickly.
Here's what the dashboard looks like.
Here's what the dashboard looks like.

3. Maintain a Record of Your Network. πŸ€

Having a professional network that can help you with referrals or interview preparation for your dream companies can make your job search easier. Don't wait until you've applied for a job to build connections on LinkedIn. Network in advance, build meaningful relationships, and seek their guidance when applying for jobs. To keep track of who you know at which company and what kind of relationship you share with them, use our Networking Tracker to curate all details in one place. Don't forget to duplicate it using the option in the top right corner to get started. 

Leverage LinkedIn to network with people and every time you build a new connection, add their details to our Networking Tracker.
Leverage LinkedIn to network with people and every time you build a new connection, add their details to our Networking Tracker.

Here are the details you can add to the Networking Tracker:

  • Name and Contact Details: Enter the connection's name and email and LinkedIn profile address, the company they work at, and their position.
  • Type of Connection: Several options are available for the type of connection. Pick the one that fits best. 
  • Past Companies: Also, add the details of your connection's past companies. It may happen that you're applying to a company they worked previously for, and they could help you connect with someone there. 
  • Personal or Professional Relationship: The kind of relationship you share with your connection determines many things. Whether they're just someone you can go to ask for a referral, or if you share a personal relationship, they could help you through the entire interview preparation. 
  • Industry: The industry they work in is equally important. Add those details to the tracker as well.
  • Strength of Connection and Personalized Notes: Finally, add the strength of the connection from the options and any personalized notes you want to add for your reference. 

It happens very often that you cannot remember who you know at X company when you need help during your job search. A tracker like this one can help you store all your details in one place. Although keeping it updated might seem like a task at first, you'll thank yourself for keeping track once you've developed a habit.

4. Prepare Your References. πŸ“±

Right references can make a huge difference in landing your dream job. Most candidates undergo a background check before/when they land an offer. A background check includes contacting your previous employers, or references, to verify your past experience and any other education details you've stated in your resume when applying for the job. Companies generally hire third parties to conduct these background checks. When you start applying for jobs, get in touch with your referees and let them know if they'll be happy to vouch for you. This will ensure you're confident when you share their details.

Also Read: Importance of Mentor

5. LinkedIn Recommendations. πŸ’»

Soliciting recommendations on LinkedIn can be a game-changer. A well-done recommendation from your past/most recent employers, senior-level managers, colleagues, or someone else that you have worked with can drastically improve your profile's credibility. LinkedIn's recommendations prove the skills you've stated on your profile and make it easy for recruiters to trust your profile. 

Influential LinkedIn recommendations can boost your profile significantly.
Influential LinkedIn recommendations can boost your profile significantly.

A robust LinkedIn recommendation should contain the following:

  • Relationship with the recommender: Whether the recommender was your manager, team member, mentor, colleague, etc.
  • The time spent working with them: Time since you have worked together or been associated with each other.
  • Attributes: Qualities that make you stand out from others and make you a good hire.
  • A solid recommendation: The results of the skills you demonstrated, followed by an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

Recommendations can help provide valuable insights about your candidature to potential employers by highlighting qualities that employers value in a new hire.

Bonus Tip: If you need help optimizing your LinkedIn profile, take a look at our LinkedIn Makeover services to build a STAR profile. ⭐️

6. Send Thank-You Emails After Interviews. πŸ“§

Do not underestimate the power of saying thank you via email after an interview. When you're competing with other equally talented and skilled candidates, little things can help you stand out in the eyes of your recruiter/interviewers. ALWAYS send a thoughtful Thank-You email either to the recruiter, or the interviewer(s)(if you have their email addresses), within a few hours of the interview.

Here's how these emails can help you:

  • Expressing gratitude demonstrates your interest in the job.
  • It keeps you at the top of their mind with those they met. 
  • It leaves a positive impression on employers.

When sending a thank-you email, the quality matters just as much as speed. Here's a sample draft you can use the next time you interview with a company:

Hello <Name>,

It was a pleasure to meet you today and discuss the exciting opportunity of joining <Company Name>.

I learned a lot about <the company/information about the role you learned> during our conversation. I'm very interested in the position and believe my experience will be valuable in contributing to <Company Name>'s aim of <Job Expectations/Team Goals>.

I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the interview process.

Best Regards,

<Your Name>

Consider how you would thank someone in-person for expressing appreciation to make your email a little more personal and genuine.

If you’re currently interviewing with FAANG companies and need help preparing, check out our mock interviews and book a session with an industry mentor now!

Organizing your job search by implementing minor changes and advance prep can skyrocket your approach. πŸš€ 

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