This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

7 Ways You Can Spring Clean your Job Search and Get Hired

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Springtime has always been the ideal time of year to do a little life maintenance -- dusting off the curtains, clearing out the garage -- and giving your job search the spring cleaning it so desperately deserves.

No matter how long you've been seeking that perfect job, now's the time to forget about the excuses you've been using for the past six months, evaluate what you've been doing and see how can you can improve.

It's not always easy knowing where to start to freshen things up, though. Our experts weigh in with the best ways to shake the dust off your job hunt and spring into a new career.

Socialize your job search and build your online brand.

According to a survey by online recruiting and resume tool TheLadders, 86% of recruiters and HR professionals review a candidate's social networking profiles. Of those, 70% have turned down a candidate based on something seen on their online profiles.

It's a fact that most companies are now using their social media channels to look for job candidates, says Ben Martinez, HR director at HireVue, a digital recruiting platform company based in Salt Lake City.

"If there is a specific company that you want to work for, be sure to connect with them on Facebook (FB), Twitter, LinkedIn (LNKD) and any other relevant social channels. Use these channels for due diligence and for connecting with recruiters and hiring managers. Also, check to see if they have a dedicated social media page for job postings."

Don't forget to update your LinkedIn profile, which Martinez describes as "your online resume and portfolio rolled into one." Job-seekers should make sure that hiring managers can see their best professional profile online and on paper.

Also, while you're focusing your energies online, don't be afraid to create a job search "concierge," he says. Search tools such as Google (GOOG) Alerts and social monitoring tools including TweetDeck and HootSuite can help bring jobs right to your inbox.

"Create saved searches for a variety of jobs and receive alerts as relevant tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn posts are blasted," Martinez says.
1 of 4

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 -1.15%
FB $117.58 0.73%
GOOG $693.01 0.29%
TSLA $240.76 -2.81%
YHOO $36.60 0.03%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs