Sunday, October 07, 2012

Job Hunting is Never Fun

Job Hunting Tips

Job hunting is never fun, but the good news is that it is a bit easier.  Going door to door filling out applications and handing out resumes is not how most companies tend to screen their potential candidates.  You can do your applying from the comfort of your home as long as you have an internet connection and some patience to wade through all the information that is out there. Here are a few suggestions to help you in your job search.

Do your research and preparation
  1. Check out staffing agencies in your area by going to their websites and see what jobs they have posted.
  2. If you are interested in working retail, check out each individual stores website, they almost always have a link to apply on line.
  3. Check out and other job search engines that are available.
  4. Sign up for alerts from some of the job search engines that are out there.

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  1. Ask your friends and family if they know of any available positions.
  2. Signed up for a Linked in account if you don’t already have one, it is a great way to connect with people who have connections that could assist you in finding your dream job.
  3. Make sure your Facebook account is one that should a potential employer search for it, what they see and read there is upbeat, positive and ‘clean’.

Prepare your resume and references
  1. Prepare your resume. (examples can be found online).
  2. Make a couple different resumes focusing on the different jobs you may be interested in.
  3. Keep the resume simple, avoid using too many different fonts or difficult formatting. (Many staffing agencies ‘scrub’ resumes, removing formatting and personal information (except your name) before they submit their resumes to their clients.)
  4. Try to keep your resume to one page as much as possible.
  5. Always include a cover letter stating your reasons why you would be a good fit for the job that is being offered and any other information that the website asks for. (you can find examples of cover letters on line).
  6. Pull together some references both personal and professional. You will need names, contact information and how you know them.
  7. Contact your potential references to let them know you are using them as a reference to be sure they are okay with that.
  8. Make copies of your resume and reference list to take with you on interviews.
  9. Keep in mind that staffing companies get many resumes each day and that you should not expect a call from them for at least a week. 
  10. Be sure and check back to the websites regularly to check on jobs available, and resubmit your resume if you haven’t heard back from a company in a week.


1 comment :

Dar Loves The Mom Squad said...

Thanks Paula! I've been swamped lately with a new move myself. GREAT to have you back...even virtually. To add to your wonderful info, the book entitled, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is still an excellent read after all these years for job seekers. I highly recommend it! Love u. Can't wait to make the Lemon Chicken for my hubby. Adios Sis.