By Joanna Boydak, LiveCareer

The end of summer is creeping in and September will be here before you know it! If you’re still unemployed, it’s time to hang up your beach towel and re-think your job search. Time is limited, but these three quick fixes can help you finally secure a job, allowing you to celebrate your triumph this Labor Day weekend.

#1 Resume Quick Fix: Strategize Your Professional Summary

Important qualifications are often buried in the body of your resume. That is why a Professional Summary is so important. It is your “elevator pitch”—in a nutshell, and the key aspect you want hiring managers to remember about you.

  • Format it into a short paragraph that emphasizes 3-5 of your top skills and accomplishments.
  • Make sure your accomplishments tie in with the demands listed in the job description. Hiring managers are looking for a match, so it will automatically jump off the page and increase your chances of getting an interview.
  • Since you may have been out of a job for a while, include industry-specific keywords and terminology to show your knowledge and skills are still up-to-date.

#2 Cover Letter Quick Fix: Highlight Your Value Proposition

When organizations stumble into problems, they need a solution—fast. You can be the hero they need, just as long as your resume displays this capability. Your cover letter is your introduction and the first (and sometimes only) chance to show your enthusiasm and qualifications for the job.

  • Research the company before you begin so you can demonstrate that you are informed and qualified to solve the company’s “pain.”
  • Pick your most compelling skill or accomplishment and describe it in detail, highlighting how it will benefit the organization.

#3 Job Search Quick Fix: Diversify Your Approach

Like anything else in your life, repeating the same act usually gives you the same results. If you’re not taking advantage of different ways to land a job, this may be the reason why you are still looking. Here are a few new job search strategies to try:

  • Job Search Engine- Why waste time browsing through hundreds of job boards if you can access all open jobs on one site? LiveCareer’s own job search engine crawls every site on the Internet and lists all posted jobs that meet your criteria. You can search by your desired job title or company in any location.
  • Job Email- Let the jobs come to you! Many job search sites allow you to sign up for daily job alert emails. Anytime a job position opens up with your desired criteria, you receive an email.
  • Networking- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of jobs are found through networking. If you fall into the group of job seekers that try to keep their search confidential and avoid reaching out to others for support in fear of rejection, you may be missing out. Use word of mouth, contact old colleagues and take advantage of social media sites to tell everyone that you are looking for a job and ask if they can help.

Make your resume stand out! Update your resume!