Obsessing about your dream job?  Higher pay.  An exciting new culture. Whatever your reason for wanting to make a change, skills and experience may not be enough.  This week, we’re releasing 5 game changers to help all you hungry job hunters land the perfect gig.

1) Reach out to your network.

Don’t underestimate the power of a strong network. You never know which one of your connections may have inside information – or personally know someone at the company you want to work for. First action on your list; be proactive on LinkedIn. Since most companies and employers pretty much live on LinkedIn, you can scout out members worth connecting with and reach out direct.

2) Take a look at your credit.

Wait. What does credit have to do with job searching?  According to CNBC, employers who run background checks may also perform a soft pull of your credit. Why? Bad credit may signal signs of being irresponsible and can negatively affect your chances of moving up the ladder. Yikes! If you haven’t checked your score in while – or if you know your numbers but wish they higher, check out Docupop’s preferred partners – ScoreShuttle. Their credit-enhancing technology gives you full access to your  credit report and score-boosting tools to help you achieve higher credit.

3) Prepare an epic resume. 

We’re not reinventing the wheel by telling you that a solid resume is crucial to your job search, but we can tell you to jazz it up a bit.  Instead of going with your name and boring old bullet points, try searching online for resume templates that perform best in your industry.  Are you applying for a creative position? Consider using fun colors and designs to match the field you’re about to enter.​  Always highlight valuable skills, programs you’ve mastered, and quantify experience that makes you stand out.

4) Research the company.

Did you know that one of the biggest pitfalls for interviewees is their lack of knowledge about the company? According to Workpolis, hiring managers report that lack of being a, “cultural fit,” as the most influential factor for not landing the job. Do your research and make sure you understand the company culture before strutting into your next interview.

5) Imagine all possible interview scenarios.

This is your chance to shine! Surprise the hiring managers by being completely prepared. You should be able to answer questions about the company, the position you applied for, life goals, and personal qualities that makes you the most desirable candidate. Spend a couple of hours researching questions that could come up during the interview and rehearse your responses until you can answer them confidently in your sleep. Remember, you can never be too prepared.

Good luck on your job hunt!



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