Navigating the Job Hunt Maze: 10 Tips for Success

Finding a job in today's competitive job market can be challenging, and the struggle becomes even more real when you have a diverse range of experiences. In a world where traditional career trajectories are often linear and specialized, those with varied work experiences may encounter skepticism or uncertainty.

However, diversity in one's professional background can be a unique asset. It brings a breadth of perspectives, adaptable skills, and the ability to connect the dots across seemingly unrelated fields. Embracing this diversity can open doors to innovative solutions, fresh approaches, and a dynamic, well-rounded professional journey.

The key to landing a job or role you are interested in lies in presenting your unique qualifications effectively and putting extra work into your strategy.

1- Customize Your LinkedIn Banner

LinkedIn is often the first platform recruiters and hiring managers check when evaluating candidates. A customized LinkedIn banner can make your profile stand out. Use a high-quality image that represents your personal brand and professional identity. This simple and small touch can leave a lasting impression and set you apart from others.

2- Use the 'Open to Work' Label

The 'Open to Work' label on LinkedIn is a useful tool when job hunting. If you are thinking or have heard that "it looks desperate" ... FORGET ABOUT IT, this SHOULD be part of your strategy. Recruiters are targeting talent that is open to work. Embrace vulnerability, is part of the journey! Therefore, personalize your job preferences to signal your openness to specific opportunities, ensuring that you come across as a qualified candidate who's actively looking to make a positive career move.

3-Highlight Your Hard Skills

Your resume and LinkedIn profile should prominently feature your hard skills. Use bullet points to list your technical abilities, certifications, and expertise. Employers often use keyword searches to find candidates, so make sure your skills align with the job you're seeking. What are hard skills? These are specific, teachable abilities or knowledge that can be measured and quantified, typically acquired through education or training, and are directly applicable to a job or task. Some hard skills: Computer Software Knowledge, Graphic Design, Project Management, Marketing, Copywriting, Languages

4- A/B Test Your Resume

Creating a resume can be a daunting task, especially when you have varied experiences. Consider A/B testing your resume by creating two versions: a hybrid resume that showcases your diverse skills and a tailored resume that aligns with a specific job description. Have both versions on job boards and monitor which one yields better results. This data-driven approach can help you refine your resume for future applications.

5- Attend In-Person Networking Events

While online networking is essential, attending in-person events can provide a significant advantage. Face-to-face interactions allow you to connect more in-depth with hiring managers, gain insights into company culture, and leave a memorable impression. Seek for industry-specific conferences, workshops, and job fairs to expand your network and access hidden job opportunities. Where to start? Meetup, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, Facebook events, and more!

6- Engage Directly with Hiring Managers

Don't limit your job search to recruiters alone. Engage directly with hiring managers whenever possible. Send a personalized message on LinkedIn or email, expressing your genuine interest in their organization and the role. Building a direct connection with decision-makers can set you on a faster track to an interview.

7- Leverage Your Transferable Skills

When you have multiple experiences, it's crucial to showcase how your diverse background equips you with adaptability, problem-solving, communication skills, etc. For example, I have experience as a Program Manager outside of tech. Despite the industry being different, many of the tasks and responsibilities might be very similar. Therefore, I must communicate how I was successful in my role as PM in a way it relates to the tech job I'm applying to. This can look like: "Ensured compliance with X requirements or grants..." or "Fostered relationships with external stakeholders or community partners...".

8- Volunteer and Freelance

If you're struggling to find a job, consider volunteering or taking on freelance projects related to the field you are interested in, if you have the time and resources. This can help you acquire relevant skills or it might help to keep your skills sharp. Additionally, it will also help you to build a network and gain valuable experience. Plus, it can lead to job offers or referrals.
Where: Upwork, Fiver, SimplyHired, and many more.

9- Seek Mentorship

Mentorship can provide you with guidance, insights, and valuable connections. Find a mentor who has experience navigating a career path similar to yours. They can help you overcome challenges, set goals, and make informed career decisions. I know this might be more challenging in action, but don't lose hope.

10- Send Personalized Messages

When connecting with professionals on LinkedIn or reaching out via email, don't limit yourself to just sending connection requests. Take the extra step of sending personalized messages with each connection. Express the specific roles you are looking for and your genuine interest in their industry or organization. A well-crafted message can make a significant difference, showing that you're proactive and focused on building meaningful connections, not just collecting contacts. Personalization demonstrates your commitment to finding the right fit and can help you stand out in a crowded job market.


To recap, job hunting is a daunting journey, especially when you are making a career switch or are interested in multiple roles (because you are confident you can be a great fit for each). Even though the road can be scary, there is always a good cliché at the end of it with the right approach and strategies. I meant, that we must be confident about securing a job that is the right match for our goals.

Remember: Personalize your LinkedIn profile, use the 'Open to Work' label, highlight your hard skills, and experiment with your resume. Attend networking events, connect with hiring managers, and emphasize your transferable skills. Volunteering, mentorship, and a positive attitude can also go a long way in making your job search successful.

Good luck!