These days, finding a job has never been more important. So many people are out of work that there is just an insane amount of damage being done to family budgets everywhere. If your budget is in trouble and you’re unemployed, it brings a ton of stress that you just can’t seem to get away from. It can seem like you’re helpless in the situation since really, you have no control over whether someone hires you or not. There are however a few things that you can do to help the process along and that’s where these job search tips come into play.
When you’re looking for a job, it can get really, really exasperating if you’re not getting a call back, can’t it? I’ll be honest and tell you that I’m so very grateful that I’m self-employed because I remember those days, weeks and months that I spent looking for a job. Like I said earlier, there isn’t really anything you can do to guarantee that someone will hire you, but at the same time, you can help yourself out by putting yourself out there the best way that you can.
Job Search Tips Everyone Can Do
If you need to supplement your budget while you’re unemployed or looking for a job, I use a system that lets me add $225.00 a month to my income every month. The great thing is that anyone can do it so take a look at that too. You’ll also want to save as much money as possible so look at your budget then do what you can to cut your expenses. You’ll want to look at things like saving money on groceries, dropping your cell phone bill and things that you can make at home yourself instead of buying. By cutting your expenses as soon as you can, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if you happen to be without a job for a while. If you’ve already been out of work for some time, it never hurts to try and drop your expenses even more than you probably have since you’re likely living on savings or worse.
Prepare and update your resume – This is probably the most important of the job search tips that I will give you. Make absolutely certain that your resume is updated and ready to go before you start applying. This is what you will be judged on and is almost as important as your face to face interview. Actually it might be a bit more important than your face to face interview since your resume is very often your first impression and will help you to actually land the interview. It might be worth it to get it done professionally or have it looked over by someone with resume or proofreading experience. If you are prior military, you can get a free professional resume via Jobless Warrior.
Dress for success- The second of the 8 job search tips I have for you is to tell you that the old adage “dress for success” isn’t a joke. In other words, once you land that interview, you need to dress well. Remember that first impressions are everything and that will never be more true than in a job interview situation. You could have a killer resume and interview, but if you show up looking like you just rolled out of bed after partying too much last night and haven’t showered in days, they will likely pass you over. One word of advice is to dress like you are applying for your bosses job. For guys, a nice pair of slacks with a nice corporate casual shirt will usually work for most interviews, but if you’re applying for a white collar position, you’ll want to step that up to a pair of nice suit pants and dress shirt. Ties aren’t usually needed for either. For women, generally a nice dress or skirt works but be sure that your skirt (or dress) isn’t too short and that your top isn’t falling out of your top everywhere. You’ll also want to keep your heel length reasonable ladies. If you need to find nice interview clothing, ThredUp and Swap are fantastic options for the ladies and Schoola is a great option for both. You’ll very likely be able to find very nice clothing for a fraction of what you would pay for those same items new.
Focus on quality not quantity when sending your resume – Obviously you’re going to want to send out your resume for any position that you want to apply for, but sending out your resume to hundreds of potential employers won’t do anything except cost you a lot of wasted time. Instead, you will want to target who you would like to work for and send to only those few companies. If you are excited to work for the company, it will show in your cover letter and could potentially help land you that long sought after interview.
Make sure your resume fits the job description – It actually makes me sad that I need to say this but the next of my job search tips it to make sure you actually read the job description before you apply. If you don’t you could easily find yourself applying for a position that you’re not qualified for or make another mistake that will cost you from even getting an interview. You’ll also want to make sure that you specifically mention the areas that you are skilled in if they specifically mentioned them in the job posting. Another reason that it can be good to specifically mention those skills is because a lot of the time resumes are pre-screened by a software program. Using those keywords in a natural way can mean that yours makes it through the pile instead of being tossed to the side because it doesn’t appear to be a match.
Create (or become active) on LinkedIn – If you don’t currently have a LinkedIn profile, you need one. If you do currently have one, but aren’t active, you need to find a way to get active. An increasing number of employers are using LinkedIn as a starting point for their interview and hiring process. It it totally free to create a basic profile and a great way to highlight yourself in a way that appeals to prospective employers. Make sure to highlight your accomplishments and that you add or follow other people in your career field too.
Lock down other social media profiles – Not only do employers and hiring managers use LinkedIn profiles to help them weed through applicants but they will also check your other social media profiles as well so making sure that they are locked down to public views is a must. Simply put? If your Facebook profile shows you out partying and drinking last weekend? You’re not likely to get that job you need. If your Twitter is full of angry rants that are full of curse words? You guessed it. They will most likely move onto the next candidate. Keep your profile photo to a professional photo of yourself or your family and make the rest for your friends only. Better yet? Don’t post stupid things on social media at all. You can learn all of the job search tips in the world but if your social media profile is trashy, raunchy or otherwise unprofessional? You won’t get far.
After your interview, send a thank you note or email – Thank you notes have gone the way of the dodo bird, but they can be a great way to increase your chances of getting hired without a ton of work. Follow up your interview with a quick thank you email thanking them for their time and consideration. It will go a long way in showing how much you respect them and their company. There are many stories where this quick thank you email has swayed them to who they hire for the job so make sure you add it to your to-do list.
Don’t turn down a temp position – The last of the job search tips that I have for you is this: If you are offered a temporary position, take it. Aside from the fact that if you are unemployed, your budget probably needs serious help, turning down a position, any position at all, can have extremely negative results with a company. By taking the position offered, even a temporary one though, you show them that you truly do want to work for them. Think of this as your time to shine and use it to show them what you can really do for their company. If you do? You stand a great chance for getting hired on full-time.
Getting hired is hard ya’ll. It’s especially hard in today’s job market. While the job search tips above won’t guarantee you that new position, they will most certainly help. Do you have any to add to the list?
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