In today's competitive biotech job market, it's important to develop habits that make you stand out as a proactive and highly effective job seeker. Here are three key habits that can significantly boost your success in finding a job:
1. Daily Networking on LinkedIn: To maximize your presence and impact on LinkedIn, it's crucial to understand the key factors that contribute to success on the platform.
To build your LinkedIn presence, actively engaging with the community is key. Show your interest and expertise by liking, commenting, and sharing posts that resonate with you. Try for 30 minutes a day, and go with the intention to be of service. Doing so contributes to the conversation, forges meaningful connections, and showcases your value.
Consistency is essential. Building a robust and supportive network requires ongoing effort and engagement. It's not a one-time endeavor to undertake just when you need a job, but rather a continuous process. By consistently nurturing your connections, you ensure that when you need a job or professional support, your network is ready and willing to assist. This can take years, but the effort is well worth it, and LinkedIn is useful for more than just job seeking, so consider this another part of your workday.
Understanding the power and inner workings of the LinkedIn algorithm can give you an advantage. The platform's algorithm rewards active users with increased visibility. The more engaged you are, the more likely others will see your profile. So, seize the opportunity to actively participate on LinkedIn and leverage the algorithm to amplify your presence.
With these three tactics, you can fully leverage LinkedIn for networking and professional growth, which will pay dividends when you need a new job.
2. Trim the Fluff from Your Resume: Yes, we know you've done a LOT of amazing things in your career. But you don't need to list them all in your resume if they have nothing to do with the job.
Being concise matters: Recruiters have limited time to review resumes and only spend about six seconds (on average) taking an initial glance to see if you're a fit for the job. With only SIX seconds to make a good impression, you must make every word count. You can effectively grab a recruiter's attention by eliminating unnecessary details and highlighting your most impactful achievements and skills in the top half of the first page. We have a great template we send every Collaboratory Slack group member, so be sure you've joined our free community!
Quality over quantity: It's tempting to include an exhaustive list of every accomplishment, but research shows that a concise and targeted resume is more effective than a lengthy one with less relevant experiences. By focusing on quality, you can highlight the most relevant aspects of your professional journey without bloating your resume, which risks confusing or derailing the attention of recruiters and interviewers.
3. Practice Your Interview Skills Out Loud: Have you ever rehearsed something in your head only to word-garble when you try to say it out loud? Yeah, us, too. Here's how to avoid that.
Practice out loud, alone at first. No need to pull others in at this stage, but rather than practicing in your head, spend time saying your elevator pitch and STARS (yes, there's an extra S, email me to ask why!) stories out loud. This way, you can effectively communicate your unique value with clarity and confidence (and less word-garbling).
Next, ask your friends or family members for help during this process–or members of our Slack community! They can lend an ear and provide valuable feedback to help you refine your delivery and make your responses sound more natural. Regular practice in front of an audience ensures that even if nerves kick in during an actual interview, you'll still be able to deliver your points effectively.
By integrating these effective habits into your job search strategy, you can significantly enhance your chances of securing your dream role. Building good habits is a process, whether eating healthier or creating good job-seeker hygiene. The effort you put into cultivating these good habits will make each job search process easier, while also helping in other areas of your career.