21 Genius Job Search Hacks You Must Know. Are You Using These Game-Changing Tips Yet?

Searching for a job is tough, but there are hacks to help. A forum user asked for the top job search hacks. Here are the best answers.

APPLY ON THE COMPANY WEBSITE

“Apply on the company website rather than the job board such as Indeed, etc.”

GET TO KNOW THE HIRING MANAGER

“Personally know the hiring manager.”

FOCUS ON KEYWORDS

“Copy the job description into your resume, modify it in your own words, but keep all the major keywords.”

DOUBLE-CHECK THE OFFICIAL COMPANY WEBSITES

"Verify job ads with official websites. A friend was late for an internship application at my company because they relied on third-party info instead of the official job advertisement link."

COVER LETTER IS ALL ABOUT THE COMPANY

"CVs are about you; cover letters show how you fit a company's values. Apply for jobs in a higher salary bracket; job descriptions may match your current duties. Learn to qualify for those jobs and maximise your salary, as I've done, netting a $30k increase in 5 years with 3 job changes."

APPLY ONLINE

“Apply online, not in person like my Boomer parents forced me to do. I have not received one callback.”

SKIP A FEW DAY-OLD JOB LISTING

“If a job listing is over a few days old, skip it. There are many job seekers, and hiring managers will quickly fill up with who they want to bring into an interview.”

MENTION IF YOU DISCONTINUED YOUR DEGREE

Include incomplete or ongoing college education. E.g., "Bachelor of Science, Northwestern (Graduation 2025, 4.0 GPA), Major - Network Engineering."

DON’T TALK ABOUT SALARY FIRST

"Don't discuss salary first. Respond to salary inquiries with, ‘What's the role's desired range?’ Important questions include: 'What's the position's allocated range?' and 'Is 100% onsite attendance required?'”

SEND ONE OUTSTANDING APPLICATION

"Apply uniquely to one company instead of 100. Be positive & unique. Sell your story of why you're in your field."

KEEP RECORD OF EVERY JOB YOU APPLIED

"Apply beyond just help-wanted ads to avoid blending in. Track jobs and reapply 4-6 months later, regardless of vacancies. Sometimes, you could've been close to hire, so reapply. Businesses continually seek talent. Two of my four accounts came after rejections and follow-ups."

LEVERAGE LINKEDIN

“Use LinkedIn to see who’s hiring, but apply directly on the company website. Nobody wants to deal with a third party.”

MAKE A SPREADSHEET

"Create a spreadsheet detailing each job, contact info, and why you're the best fit. Use keywords from the description. Do a mail merge with your cover letter, checking for errors. Now, you have personalized cover letters for each job."

LEVERAGE CHAT GPT

"We live in the future with Chat GPT that creates amazing cover letters based on a few facts. Need adjustments? The chatbot redrafts as per your requirements."

LEARN THE INDUSTRY TERMS

"Align your skills realistically with your goals. Learn industry terms for your skills and technology. Broaden your scope to other industries. Focus but don't over-specialize. Stay positive if the job's tough or you're jobless."

DON’T SEARCH ALL DAY

"Don't job hunt incessantly. I did that when I relocated for my wife - 1 year, 100+ applications, 2 interviews, no offers, led to suicidal thoughts. Later, a friend advised to limit job hunting to 12 hours a week to maintain sanity."

USE TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

"Temporary employment agencies can lead to great opportunities, like how I got my first job at MySpace, a high paying government role, and my current remote tech job."

NETWORK

“Networking. It’s good for everything you could need for jobs.”

TURN ON AUTOMATIC NOTIFICATIONS

Always set automatic job alerts paying more than current job without being too picky about the sector. My broad alerts include government, overseas, local & WFH jobs. Also, suggesting new roles to companies, based on your specialty, can work.

USE THE VOICE MEMO APP

"Record your interview using your phone's voice memo. This lets you objectively critique and improve your performance for future interviews."

LEVERAGE EXISTING CONNECTIONS

"Utilise your network for job search: friends, family, ex-colleagues, classmates, mentors. Their referrals can often be a powerful door-opener."

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