Job search advice that worked two decades one morke ago is not effective today. For this reason, this section will show you some job search advises that you should not ignore.
Manage Your Job Search
Without a doubt, the job search is one of the main causes of stress in the world. The job search can make people change their character dramatically from one moment to another and can go from happiness to bitterness in an instant.
To handle these strong emotions that stress brings, is necessary to have good habits such as good nutrition, sufficient exercise and take a break, this will be helpful to have a better quality of life. An effective strategy to reduce stress could be coordinating a schedule that allows you to have time for other things. An example would be getting a full time job that allows you to attend other aspects of your life.
A prosperous job search begins with preparation and planning. A main step in this process is to evaluate your personal features such as values, interests, skills and experience. This will demand time and effort but will pay dividends in the long run. An entire self-assessment can assist you elect a realistic job objective and will be helpful when writing your resume, completing job applications and preparing for job interviews. There are several interesting self-assessment tools accessible that include books available at your local library, the Internet, and employment agencies.
Know the Labor Market
When deciding where to focus your job search efforts, it is convenient to research the labor market in the area that you wish to work. There are several useful ways that can help you with this task including: information interviews, the library, employment agencies, Chambers of commerce, technology councils such as universities, colleges, career fairs, trade shows, seminars, yellow pages, business directories and the Internet.
The Information Interview
An information interview is a meeting among a job seeker and a perspective employer or organization. The information interviews serves to obtain information and possible job leads. This is also done by approaching professionals within these organizations that have the need, the ability or access to the people who hire employees with skills similar to yours. This kind of interview is less formal, therefore less intimidating than formal job interviews. If the organization that you contact is not in a position to hire you, ask them for referrals to other organizations that might have openings that match your qualifications.
Accessing the Hidden Job Market
Around 80% of jobs and contracts in small businesses are not annunciated and are advertised by word of mouth that is known as “hidden job market”. Newspaper and Internet ads account for less than 20% of available jobs. The key is to develop and work your network.
Job Search Methods
While 80% of job openings are not advertised, you can increase your odds of success by combining your strategy to access the hidden job market.
- Conserve a routine by searching local, regional, and national newspapers, Internet, and employment agency job boards daily.
- Maintain records of all networking contacts, cover letters and resumes sent interviews, thank you notes, referrals, and follow-ups.
- Be persistent – if you are not getting the results that you desire, try laying out your resume in a different style.
Write an Effective Cover Letter and Resume
Present a one-page cover letter with every resume you provide. Your cover letter is your marketing tool and should not duplicate your resume. Attract the interest of the prospective employer, communicate your interest in the job and organization, communicate your marketable qualifications, offer contact information and ask for an interview.
- Address your letter to the individual responsible for hiring and include their title if known – do not use sir or madam.
- Ensure your letter is free of typos and grammatical errors.
- Use action verbs to convey warmth and enthusiasm.
- Describe how your skills and personal suitability will benefit the organization.
Always direct your resume to a concrete position within an organization. Request for a copy of the job description and clearly identify how you meet those qualifications and skills required by the job.
- State your contact information at the top of your resume.
- Employers often use the resume as a screening device. Thus, most resumes will be given a thirty-second glance. Keep it to three pages or less and list your qualification statements in bullet form near the top.
- Match your qualifications to those advertised or to the statement of qualifications.
- Back up your qualifications by using specific examples in your resume’s body.
- Technical companies, especially those that advertise jobs on the Internet often use a software program to screen resumes. Pay close attention to key words used to identify the required qualifications, skills, experience and education and use them in your resume and cover letter.
- Keep your resume upbeat and enthusiastic by using succinct, positive action verbs to identify your qualifications.
- Ensure to have the names, contact information and consent of at least three references on hand.
- Always include a cover letter.
Using a Portfolio as a Marketing Tool
Currently, more technology employers are asking candidates to present samples of their work. So, it is a good idea to portray examples of your work, education, accomplishments and recognition in a portfolio.
- Organize samples of your work, education, accomplishments, photos, awards, news articles, and other recognition in a binder, photo album or use an electronic version.
- At the bottom of your resume, add a tag line “Portfolio Available Upon Request”, the URL address of your electronic portfolio or enclose a CD, where it is appropriate to the position advertised.
How to Ace the Job Interview
The person who is accountable for hiring, a human resource manager, a panel or combination thereof generally conducts a job interview. It can be formal, informal, screening, multiple, situational or group. The better prepared you are for the job interview, the less anxious you will be and the more chance you will have for success.
- If possible, find out what type of interview the organization will be holding.
- Practice by asking a supportive friend or a career counselor to role-play the interview with you or practice in front of a mirror or video camera until you are comfortable.
- Research commonly asked interview questions and practice answering these questions.
- Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Work on improving speaking too rapidly, too loudly, too softly, and appearing nervous.
- Dress for success by being well groomed and wearing clothes that are clean, pressed and appropriate for the industry in which you are seeking a job.
- You should research the organization prior to the interview.
- Take extra copies of your resume and list of references with you.
- Arrive TEN minutes early. Greet the receptionist in a professional and friendly manner.
- Make sure the interview works for you as much as it works for the prospective employer. Get the information you need to take an appropriate decision should the job be offered to you, such as why the organization is hiring? What they expect of the incumbent? And future plans that will affect the position and your growth within the organization.
- Follow-up with a note of appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
- If you aren’t successful in getting the job, ask for feedback.
- Don’t give up! Keep improving your resume and practicing your interview skills.