Finding a new job involves more than just updating your resume. Have you googled yourself? Do you know how to get the best salary? If you are underpaid and underappreciated, here are 5 effective ways to get a better job faster.
1. Google Yourself: First Impressions Count
First impressions aren’t made when you show up for your interview. They happen when Human Resources (HR) does an online search on you. Don’t let those pictures from the new year’s eve party plant question marks in employers’ minds! Check privacy settings so only friends can view your social media accounts. Also check your voicemail message! My voicemail once said “Hey my people, leave a message!” Hmm, perhaps not the best first impression to a possible employer. You may not use voicemail often, but recruiters and HR will leave messages to schedule an interview. Update your voicemail message to sound professional.
2. Searching for a Job
It is 2016 so let technology help you find your new job. The two best sources to find jobs are Indeed.com and your college alumni job boards. Indeed is like a search engine for jobs. It saves you time by searching for job listings (from entry level positions to senior executives) across the web, including individual company job boards. You paid for college (you are probably still paying off the debt), so don’t forget about your college alumni job boards. Contact your college’s career services and ask about their alumni job board listings. Also, if you find a possible job opening on Indeed, ask your college’s career services department if the school has an HR contact at the company. Emailing an HR contact at a company directly will help your resume stand out. It also shows initiative.
3. Get Discovered
Instead of just searching for a job, be sure to create opportunities for people to discover you. Check your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, create one ASAP. Recruiters search LinkedIn to fill new job openings. Think of LinkedIn as your online resume and be sure to list your accomplishments. Also, take the time to find relevant “LinkedIn Groups” that are related to your job goals. Are you a Latinx journalist? Be sure to join the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Looking for a social media job? Join LATISM (Latinos in Social Media). Every career interest has an association. Even if you can’t afford the membership fees to join the association, most allow you to join their online LinkedIn group for FREE. Joining online groups shows recruiters you are genuinely interested in opportunities in your field. Plus, it makes it easier for them to find you. Bonus tip: check Meetup.com for networking groups. MeetUp NYC Latino Professionals has 2,700 members.
4. The Interview
If only someone could tell you what to expect in the interview…wait someone can! Just go to Glassdoor.com. Glassdoor will let you search by company and job position. Previous employees and people who have interviewed at the company share interview questions and insights on what it is like to work there.
5. Negotiate Salary & Benefits
You did it! You got the job offer. Now, don’t forget to negotiate before you accept the new job. Last thing you want to do is leave your old job and find out you are still underpaid or worse off! First check Glassdoor.com where previous and current employees list salaries by job position. Second, be sure you understand the Top 5 Employee Benefits. An easy way to review benefit information is to ask for the company’s “Employee Handbook.” Review the information and then follow up with Human Resources to get any needed clarification. If you find out health insurance is more costly than the insurance programs offered at your current company, explain that to your future employer and ask for a higher salary.
Final suggestion; If you like the people you work with but have experienced difficulty getting a promotion or a raise, be sure to give your current boss a chance to counter any new job offers. Your current boss may be able to use your new employment opportunity as a way to finally get a raise approved. Sometimes you are better off staying where you know what to expect. As the saying goes, “The devil you know versus the devil you don’t.” Just be sure you ask the new potential employer for one week to think about the offer. That will give your current job an opportunity to respond.