Tips to find a job

Find a hidden vacation. Many jobs can be landed before being advertised if you can access them quickly. Look into internal recruitment and look for word of mouth tips as good ways to get your foot in the door early.

Attract employers. Rather than looking for jobs, consider bringing in potential employers. Post your resume online and you could save a lot of time and effort looking for a job.

Get Networking  Many people find jobs from people they know rather than traditional means such as job ads. Talk to your family, friends and others you know about where the work might be available.

Stay positive. We all have some setbacks when we look for work. Do not take it personally if you are rejected or do not even get an answer because it’s probably not because of everything you’ve done wrong.

Target companies. Look at organizations that could make a good employer and focus on them. This may mean that you only look at the big employers in your area or it might mean that you are looking at one area, but nationally.

You can save job search time by using the advanced search options  on the job sites. All major job sites (such as Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, CareerBuilder, Monster and Dice) have an “Advanced Search” option where you can search by keyword, location, location radius, job title , company, type of job, date displayed and other options. Here is my list of the  top 10 work sites  , and  tips for using advanced job search options  . Sign up for our 30-day new job course to speed up your job search.

Applying for every job you find is not always a good idea  . Focus your search on the jobs for which you are qualified. You will be more likely to be selected for an interview. Sending resumes and random cover letters will be a waste of time. Before you start looking for a job, take the time to decide what kind of job you are looking for. Better yet, make a  list of  target  companies  for  which  you want to work and do your best to get you noticed. Here’s how to  get noticed by your dream business  .

Do not stop applying for jobs  while you wait to receive a response from an employer. Most job seekers are rejected by more than 15 employers before getting a job. Learn from your mistakes and keep applying until you get the right offer. In the worst case, you will juggle several  job offers  . This is a good thing.

You need a specific cover letter,  or your resume can not be viewed. You only have a few seconds to impress a  hiring manager enough to select you for an interview. I know hiring managers who review each application personally, and they tell me that if you do not show what you can do for the company in the first paragraph of your cover letter, you will not get any interview. Here’s  how to match your qualifications to a job  , and tips on  how to write a cover letter  .

You should also target your resume at work  . It’s not just your cover letter. Your resume needs to be modified and refined to make it as close to work as possible. Otherwise, it may not be recovered by the  candidate tracking system that companies use to filter resumes or the recruiter who examines them. Here’s  how to write a targeted resume  .

You do not need to include all your experience on your resume  . Someone shared a resume with me who had over 40 years   of  workexperience  . Unfortunately, this will not impress anyone. It dates from it, and it’s too much information and too much experience for most job offers. Here is what  experience and dates to include in a resume  .

You can include more than one full-time job on your resume  . If you do not have a job, you do not want your resume to appear to have done anything since you were fired. There are other things besides your  job history that  you can use to strengthen your resume.

 

Dress as a manager or a successful person in your profession. Maybe appearances should not be so important, but they do. The first minutes of an interview are when you get to make that first critical impression. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the type of job and the company you are applying for. Here is  an appropriate interview outfit  for a variety of different jobs and work environments.

Be yourself. Susan Heathfield, Human Resources Expert, says you have to be yourself. Repeated answers, fake smiles, and say what you think the interview wants to hear instead of what you actually believe, misleading the employer. Employers want to know who they hired, and that’s the person they expect to see for the first day of work.

Never say anything wrong about a previous employer. When I was responsible for hiring, I used to cringe when people badmouthed their boss. In fact, one of   the most  common interview mistakes  is to  bully your boss or coworkers  . The first thing the interviewer will think about is what you will say about your business when you move on.

It is acceptable to apply for the same job more than once  . So you applied for your  dream job  , and you did not hear anything from the company. Then you see the work posted again. A “do over” is fine, but make sure you carefully match your qualifications to  the job requirements  in your resumes and cover letters. In addition, check LinkedIn to see who you know. You may be able to get a referral the second time. Here’s how to  find contacts in a company .

You should send a thank you note  after a job interview  . It is important to follow up after a job interview. It’s a way to show your appreciation for being considered for the job. It’s also a way to reiterate your interest and share everything you neglected during the interview. Here’s how  to thank you for a job interview, thank you  notes and an e-mail.

Networking is an essential component of successful job search. Most jobs are still found through networking, whether online or in person. You never know who can help you find your next job unless you tell your relationship that you are looking for a job.  Here’s how to  use your contacts in a company  .

Referrals can make a big difference in hiring  . References are important and employers check them. Get recommendations  from bosses, colleagues, customers, subordinates and suppliers. Store them on sites like LinkedIn and share them as much as possible. If you are concerned about receiving an ugly reference from your supervisor, work on obtaining  personal references that  you can add to your credentials. Here’s  what to do about bad references  .

Storytelling during a job interview is a great way to share your experience and skills  . One way to show the employer what you really like is to tell a story. When asked questions during a job interview, relay the  skills  and experience you have, as well as how you have handled the situations that are being asked. The more concrete information you provide, the more the hiring manager will know how qualified you are. Here’s  how to answer interview questions .

 

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