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Job Search Techniques

Srategies and Techniques for Job Search Success


Some of the most effective job search techniques have nothing to do with actually searching for and applying for job openings.  Instead, the best job search techniques involve positioning yourself to job hunt and tapping into the resources that can boost and expedite your job hunt.

It's important to spend time writing or updating your resume, creating or updating your LinkedIn Profile, building and using a personal career network, and planning on how you are going to organize and manage your job search.

Manage Your Job Search

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Take the time to organize your job search and the entire process will be easier. Use the free tools that are available to help you plan and manage your job search. They will help you start your job search on the right foot and keep it on track.

Write a Resume That Works

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Your resume needs to be professional and polished, because if you don't have a professional resume, your application materials probably won't get a second glance from a hiring manager.

Make sure your resume has what it takes to make a good impact.


Write Customized Cover Letters

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When you're writing cover letters, take the time to customize each letter so the hiring manager can see, at a glance, why you are qualified for the job.

Review these cover letter tips and techniques for writing top notch cover letters to send with your resume, including cover letter format and presentation, choosing a type of cover letter, writing custom cover letters, and cover letter examples and templates.

Update Your LinkedIn Profile

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One of the most important parts of LinkedIn is your profile. That's what you use to connect with people in your network and your profile is how you get found on LinkedIn by potential employers.

Update your Profile so it's current and compelling.  If you're unemployed use your LinkedIn profile to let employers know you are job searching. 

Connect With Your Network

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Your personal career network should include anyone who can assist you with a job search or career move. Connect with everyone you know on LinkedIn.

Join LinkedIn Groups. They are a good way to connect with people with similar affiliations and you'll find job listings on most Group pages.

Use Your Network

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Once you have taken the time to build a network, use it.  It's one of the most important job search resources you have.

When you apply for jobs, check to see who you know at the company. Your contacts may be able to assist you with getting an interview and/or give you inside information on the job and the company.

Use a Job Search Engine

Use a job search engine to find job listings from a variety of sources. Take it a step further and use the Advanced Search options to further refine your job search. Set up Alerts so you're notified when new positions that meet your criteria are posted.

Get Found by Employers

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When you're conducting a job search, you need to make it easy for employers to find you online. Employers, who can be inundated with resumes when they post jobs, often seek passive candidates (qualified candidates who aren't necessarily looking for work, but who may be interested if the right job comes along).

Anyone who doesn't want to pass up what could be an excellent opportunity should make their professional credentials readily accessible online.

Ace the Job Interview

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Despite having the best credentials for the job, if you blow the interview you're not going to get a job offer.  These top interview tips will help you cover everything you need to know to successfully ace a job interview.

From checking out the company to sending an interview thank you note, these job interview tips cover all the basics needed for interviewing success.

Follow Up After an Interview

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It's always important to say thank you after a job interview and after a second interview, as well.  Employers think more highly of candidates who take the time to follow up.  

It's also important to thank everyone you interviewed with and everyone who assisted with your job search. Here are some tips on who you should thank and the best way to thank them.

Use Social Networking to Your Advantage


These top 10 tips for social networking when you're job searching will help you market yourself effectively, connect with people who can help with your job search, and job search on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more social networking sites.

Avoid Common Job Search Mistakes

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What are the worst job search mistakes you can make? Some are major mistakes that can halt your job search before it even gets going.

Others are small mistakes that, given a competitive job market, can be enough to knock you out of contention for a job. One of the best job search techniques is to be sure to avoid the top job search mistakes, so you're in the best position to effectively job search.

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