With 2022 winding down, a lot of us are thinking about our goals for the new year. But if those goals include landing a new job, you might have a lot of work to do. From polishing your résumé and writing cover letters to interview prep and company research, looking for a new job is basically another job in itself.
To help you get started, we've rounded up the best job searching tips of 2022 from the always helpful r/LifeProTips subreddit. Here are some of the tips people loved in 2022 to help you start your 2023 job search right:
1. "When applying for a job, keep in mind that you are being interviewed long before your interview begins."
2. "Use AI to generate cover letters to save time applying to different jobs."
"Recently, my wife has been applying for jobs on the market. She's tired of writing cover letters for different companies, so I helped her generate them using AI instead. ChatGPT blew up recently, and everyone's been using it.
"Put in things that contain the company information and your background, like, 'A cover letter for applying to an accounting company as a bachelor of finance' — the more specific, the better."
"I just tested this, and I'll be damned if it didn't work. It didn't seem perfect. There were lots of things that could be improved, but you go from authoring to proofreading and editing instead, and that's a big benefit."
3. "When changing your status on LinkedIn to be 'open for work,' make sure it's set to be visible to recruiters only."
4. "When you're filling out a job application that requires you to answer long questions online, write them out in a Word document first."
"I learned this lesson many years ago, applying to a job with long essay questions, and of course the application glitched and didn’t save. My spouse just learned this lesson last night, and I feel horrible for forgetting to tell him my painful experience, so here we are.
"Therefore, whenever you are filling out long-answer questions online, write them out in Word (or whatever you use) or, at the very very least, copy and paste your answers into Word. Trust me! Plus, that way you can save them should you need those brilliant answers in the future.
"And don’t trust that 'save application' button. Don’t click it until you’ve copied and pasted your answers somewhere else first. Websites time out and don’t tell you sometimes."
5. "If you barely or don't entirely meet the job requirements, apply anyway. You may be able to land the interview and progress from there. Let them decide if you're good enough; don't do their job for them."
6. "If you can, don't apply for a job that is complaining about 'severe employee shortages' or the like. There's a reason they can't retain employees, and you don't want to have to find out what that reason is."
"One of the questions I always ask in an interview is, 'What is the average tenure of the team I’ll be working with?' Some people are quite caught off guard by the question, and I’ve even seen the life drain out of some of them when they realize exactly what it is that I’m asking. It’s a perfectly legitimate question and can give you a mountain of information, from the actual tenure, which is nice to know, to how they answer (or dance around) the question."
7. "When job searching on LinkedIn, filter for 'in my network,' then reach out and ask your connection for a referral."
8. "If you are looking for a new job and reading reviews of a company, always look at the date reviews are posted. If all the 5-star reviews are posted on the same day, avoid it."
"My current employer took their rating from 1.7 on Indeed to 4.6 in three weeks by incentivizing reviews."
9. "If your home doesn't have a space suitable for having a virtual interview, check with your public library to see if they have a meeting room you can use."
10. "Copy/paste all job descriptions you're interested in into a notes app with the job title, company name, and how you applied."
"Job applications don't last forever on the respective sites/boards. Job titles can easily blur; you do not want to think you're interviewing for software analyst I and it's really systems analyst I at a completely different company.
"Jot down the info in the title so you can easily keep up with what you're doing AND be able to mentally compare the job description with what the recruiter intends it to be. If you're good at multitasking without looking distracted, you could even have it (or a brief description) pulled up on your device/monitor while looking into the camera, verbally checking off the items during the discussion."
11. "If you are in the process of applying for a job, please make sure you have set up the voicemail on your cellphone."
12. "It’s better to negotiate a good starting salary rather than relying on raises to hit your target."
"If you accepted a lowball starting salary, it’s unlikely that you can rely on a raise to get you to where you want to be.
"It’s best to negotiate a starting salary to start off where you want to be. Remember, once an offer has been made, the ball is in your court and you have negotiating power."
13. "Keep a CV or master résumé for when you are applying for jobs. You can make custom résumés quickly by pulling necessary info out while also keeping all of your résumé information in one place."
14. "When you're submitting a résumé online, make sure you use a file name with your first and last name."
"Oftentimes, people don't realize the file name you use to submit your résumé is seen by the recruiter. If you name it something like, 'New Revision for Accounting Firms,' they will see this. What's more, if they are downloading the files, they have to go out and rename them, which takes time. Best approach is just to name your PDF with your first and last name."
15. "Keep a running list of career accomplishments and things you’re proud of."
16. "If you have a job interview coming up, practice describing your job to someone who isn't familiar with your industry. Include descriptions of what you do and what tools you use."
"This can be especially good so that you can practice keeping a straight face if the question sounds silly. Remember, the first person you meet in a job interview may be HR and may not know anything about the details of the actual job you are being hired for."
17. "When you have an interview at a company, google the people you have the interview with."
18. "When you're interviewing for a new role, ask the hiring manager to clearly define what success looks like in the role."
"If they can't paint a vivid picture of what it takes to thrive, run.
"A company that can't define how you will win with them is destined to lose."
19. "In interview situations, practice avoiding filler words such as 'like' or 'umm,' and don’t be afraid to briefly pause to collect your words. This will help you seem more assured in your responses, and shows that you’re thinking carefully about your statements."
20. "If a prospective employer asks why you’re leaving your current employer, give a reason that involves something the new employer has that the old employer doesn’t."
"If this new job is a smaller company, 'I’m looking to work for a smaller company.' If the new job is more hands on, 'I’m looking for a job where I can be more hands on,' and so on.
"That way, you are already complimenting something this prospective employer has, while refraining from negativity regarding your current employer."
21. "When you're interviewing for a job, ask what day-to-day work would be, in detail."
22. "If you interview for a job you don’t get, send a gracious response email."
"Nobody likes to give bad news, and people will remember you as a class act who handled a disappointing situation with professionalism.
"My go-to is something like, 'Thank you for the prompt response. While I am obviously disappointed, I understand there were many qualified applicants to choose from, and I very much enjoyed meeting you and your team. Thanks again, and best, [name].'"
23. "When you get a job offer and you’d like a higher salary, ask. The worst thing they will say is no."
24. "Job titles can often be negotiated. Before you accept a job, there is usually a time to negotiate salary, and this is a good opportunity to negotiate your job title as well. The same goes for any promotion. Pick a job title that has the highest earning potential."
"Look around at that next-level job you want and advocate for a job title that would give you an edge on your application. For example, you may have a current job title of office assistant, but if you are the assistant to one of the executives and have been there longer than another assistant, you might be able to push for a job title change to senior executive assistant. These may seem like small changes but can mean thousands of dollars a year when you try to find another job."
25. And finally, "Do not resign your current job until your next job’s background check is completed."
Is there anything you would add? Share your best job searching tip in the comments!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.