From the article: Top Tips for Successful Job Searching
Do you have a job search strategy that worked really well for you? Add your tip to the list of best job search tips for job seekers who are starting a job search or who want to get their job search moving. Share Your Tips
Ace That Interview
- You got the interview because they know you can do the job. Your past experience got you through the door. Q/What do they want now? A/ What they want to see now is your Attitude (How you feel about the job), your Aptitude (What you know about the job) and your Suitability (How well you are going to fit in). Give them these three things and you have aced the job!
- —Guest Joe Anka
- Use your network and remind them what your really good at and that it would be an asset for them to have you.
- —Guest Meera
- A friend of mine is a business professional who has 25 years experience doing what he does. I knew that he needed help with developing his business and general assistant work. Since he couldn't afford to pay me very much, I offered to work for a set weekly pay, working at his office and at my home. For more money to pay the bills, I took a higher-paying part-time job. I am able to work both of these jobs without interference because I set my own hours. The reason I am working for almost no wages for the business professional is because this job teaches me new skills which are in conjunction with my career path for the future. One thing will lead to another, then another, etc., and within 5 years or less I will be running my own business as a licensed Private Investigator. Looking for work for 18 months got me plenty of interviews and very few job offers. Bottom line was that I created my career opportunity through networking and therefore created my destiny and future.
- —Guest C.Hansen
Research the job
- As an HR professional often job seekers do not really know much about the job for which they are applying. Take time to research it using similar job descriptions which are available through sites like www.free-job-descriptions.com. This will get you ahead of much of the competition
- Be one step ahead of all other applicants. Stand out more than anyone else, but just be yourself.
- —Guest ichael
Stand out from the crowd: Be Unique
- Everyone applies via a resume and sends the obligatory thank you note. You must do something to distinguish yourself from the crowd. Think of yourself as a product and position yourself accordingly to the hiring company. For example, if applying for a job in advertising don’t just go in with a resume, go in with a campaign about yourself that you are pitching. Follow up with non-traditional thank you notes that show you actively listened and learned during the course of the interview. One of the best ways to cultivate your personal brand is with the assistance of an expert.
- —Guest Michael Redisch
Filmed Mock Interviews
- For job seekers who have landed interviews but failed to convert them to offers, mock interviews are an enormous help. If you can secure a professional coach to work with you, that is great, but practicing with a mentor, friend, former co-worker, neighbor, even your spouse is still very helpful. Ask for honest feedback on how best to represent your experiences and on the effectiveness of your communication skills. If at all possible, find a way to film the sessions. Viewing your interviewing skills can help you identify terrific answers that merit repeating, as well as unconscious habits you need to curtail, such as the use of filler words or annoying hand gestures.
share you job search tips
- If a candidate really wants to make sure their resume stays at the top of the pile, they should hand deliver a hard copy (in addition to an online version). Take a yellow highighter and highlight the keywords on your resume. Make sure they are the same ones from the job listing. Your resume will most definitely get noticed.
Know what you have to offer employers
- Know what you have to offer employers. These skills must mirror what the employer is looking for in their next employee. Everything you do: the application, the cover letter, the resume and the interview relate to the open postion that you are trying to obtain. If does not.. why should the employer take a look at your information. Make every piece of information that is exchanged with the employer count. Give them the skills that they are looking for and something more. Something more that sets you apart from the rest of the other candidates. Make sure your resume includes current skills, accomplishments and computer skills that relate to the job you are applying for. Through these 3 areas the employer can easily see that you are qualified for the job. Do not make the resume a place where the employer has to search to see if you are a qualified candidate...Connect the Dots for them. Also, read job ads and underline the skills needed, then compare your skills to what is being asked.
Coach, Trainer, Author
- Be Proactive, Not Reactive. Create your Top 20 list of companies that match your skills, values, interests, salary, location and other preferences. Target them in your networking and job search attempts.
- —Guest Cassandra
- Search and identify good professional recruiters and register with them. Keep on nudging them every now and then for any good opportunities they can share with you.
Keep It Small
- I've found of the greatest challenges when looking for a job is getting overwhelmed. Break your daily to do list down into tasks you can accomplish in a daily basis. And keep track of your accomplishments! It's a great boost to write 5 positive accomplishments down at the end of each day. Both of these will help you get through the process and walk into an interview confident and able to answer my favorite question-"what have you been doing with your time since your last job?"
- —Guest CWilliams
Know Your Finances when in Transition
- You think about money more when you are in transition than when working. So sort out your financial picture so you know how many months you can search, the minimum salary you can accept (good to know in weak economy),and how much you can spend a month. Getting this in order helps lower the stress around money and allows you to focus more getting a job. Mark Richards www.candidateschair.com
- —Guest Mark Richards
Networking really works
- In 3 simple strong words, Network, Network, Network. I had 4 interviews in January as a result of networking. I went to a job fair yesterday (2/11/09) in Phoenix, AZ and networked with other job seekers waiting in the lines, offering my advice and information on networking, and to follow up with me to find out more. Make sure you have a 'network' card to hand to people with simple contact information on it, and do not use old business cards for this purpose. Have them printed out for networking, they are pretty inexpensive, and easy to hand out to someone and say 'contact me later, lets meet for coffee and see if we can help each other.'
Job Search Is Not a Mystery
- It's not black magic. Be yourself. Be prepared. Be organized.
- —Guest Andrew G.R.
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