All you need is an action plan.

*Clicks submit button* Another job application down, 1,000 more to go.

Have you seen the movie The Maze Runner? If not, you have some catching up to do. Trapped in a maze, the protagonist Thomas is determined to escape. Will it be easy as it sounds?

Like the movie, job hunting can feel like a maze with many twists and turns.

You’re searching the internet for jobs, updating resumes and completing applications. Unfortunately, you have yet to land any interviews. And you start to ask yourself, “Am I doing something wrong?”

Well, don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are some best practices for you to land the perfect job.

Identify your career goals

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Searching for jobs can be challenging if you’re unclear about your career goals.

So before job hunting, ask yourself: Is there a specific position I am looking for? Which industry am I leaning towards? Is the organizational culture aligned with my values?

Once your goals are clear, narrowing down your search is easier.

Dedicate time to search

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Job hunting requires being on the lookout all the time.

So, here’s what you need to do. Create an action plan. Allocate several hours to search for jobs weekly. For example, you can spend an hour job-hunting every day.

Setting aside time to search makes it easy to find positions that interest you! That way, you’re ready to apply for them immediately. Making you one step closer to landing the perfect job!

Don’t limit the search to online resources

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Nothing is wrong with job boards like Glassdoor and Indeed. You can even find jobs on social media too.

However, you don’t have to limit yourself. Instead, expand your horizons by attending job fairs, scheduling informational interviews or using Humber Advising and Career services.

Expanding your opportunities can work wonders.

Optimize your LinkedIn profile

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Don’t have a LinkedIn account? Now is the perfect time to create one.

According to research, every seven seconds, someone gets hired on LinkedIn! That’s pretty fascinating. Well, most recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool. So, without an account, you’re invisible to the job market.

The goal is to use LinkedIn to your advantage. You should view your profile as your second resume. But what does this mean? Ensure it’s professional and optimized!

Here are some ways you can achieve this:

  • Use a professional photo
  • Add a suitable headline and summary
  • Keep it up to date with professional experience and education


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Network, network and network some more!

Many people have landed jobs by networking with professionals. And companies usually hire individuals recommended by a trusted source.

Build those connections! It all starts with a simple conversation. Always mention your current profession and your career goals.

Make networking a part of your daily routine. The connections will always come in handy.

Tailor and update your resume and cover letter

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Here’s how you can land the perfect job by updating those resumes and cover letters.

Sending generic ones will do more harm than good. To ensure you are a viable candidate, tailor your documents to the job description. That way, you’re showing you’re the right fit for the organization. And the value you bring!

So update and tailor them immediately.

Job hunting can be challenging and time-consuming. It requires dedicating time and energy to search and apply for positions. But if you follow the steps above, it’s easier to land the perfect role! Good luck!

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