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How to Start a Job Search

Tips and Advice for Starting a Job Hunt


Here are all the resources you'll need to start a job search including how to write resumes and cover letters, where to look for jobs, how to conduct a job search, and the best way to use social networking to job search.

Write a Resume

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Before you can start looking for jobs, you need to write a resume.  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. Here's how to write a resume.

Write Cover Letters

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It's important to write a customized cover letter for each job you apply for. Here's what to include in your cover letter, how to write a cover letter, cover letter format, targeted cover letters, and cover letter samples and examples.

How to Use Email in Your Job Search

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When you start a job search, be sure that all your email messages are as professional as other business correspondence.   Here's what you need to know about job search email etiquette including choosing an email account, formatting your email messages, what to put in the Subject Line of your message, how to create an email signature, and how to send email messages when job searching.

Find Job Listings

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Start with the top job sites, so you can quickly find job listings that are a good fit for your background. Here are the best sites to find job listings including job search engine sites, job boards, company websites, niche job sites, social media and professional networking sites, jobs listed by type of job seeker and location, and more top job listing sites.


Fast Track Your Job Search

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What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping it organized, focused, and on the fast track will help you find a job faster than if you don't have a plan in place.

Build a Career Network

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Networking is a critical component of your job search - most jobs are still found by networking and using your connections. Career and job search networking can help you find employment opportunities and build your career. Here's how to network your way to a new job or career.

Find Contacts at Companies

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When you're job searching, who you know is as important as your qualifications. Your connections can provide you with inside information on the hiring process and what it's like to work at a company, give you a recommendation, possibly get your resume a close look, and help you secure an interview.

Use Social Networking

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Social networking can be an integral part of your job search or career building - if you use it correctly.  Here's how to use social networking to boost your job search.

Build a Personal Brand

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Professional branding is important for everyone who is job searching. It's important to create a personal brand that portrays you in a professional light and showcases your credentials.  However, you can work on branding a little at a time, so don't feel compelled to spend a lot of time when you're just starting out.

Get Recommendations

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References - good or bad - can be what determines if you get a job offer. Here's what job seekers need to know about references, including information on reference and recommendation letters, sample letters of recommendation and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, and how to use references.

Read Job Search Tips

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These top job search tips include tips for resume writing, cover letters, curriculum vitae, interviewing, phone interviews, working at home, online job searching, using your network, and more advice to help you find a new job fast.

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