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Updated on June 1, 2011

A common sense approach to job search

 

TEN JOB SEARCH TIPS

· HAVE A SHARP RESUME: The resume is used as a screening device by employers; if it’s not outstanding your chances of landing an interview can be reduced.

· NETWORK: Seek out friends, acquaintances, professors and other people you know in order to develop job leads.

· UTILIZE ALL JOB SOURCES: Don’t rely on one method when job searching. Turn over every rock in your quest. Job fairs, volunteering, internships, online sites, direct mailings, staffing agencies, career centers, attending association meetings, and other avenues can be explored in a job search.

· BE ORIGINAL: Tailor your resume for each specific job that you’re applying for; be creative when searching, don’t use a canned approach.

· INVEST YOUR TIME: Searching for a job is a fulltime position in itself. Spend 35 hours a week just on searching.

· PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW: Each job is unique and a separate challenge. Be sure that your responses to questions are timely, flexible, and address the specific needs of the employer.

· BE A STRONG INTERVIEWEE: Listen attentively to the interviewer, answer questions appropriately, and demonstrate enthusiasm for the position and the organization.

· EXPAND YOUR SEARCH: Willingness to relocate can increase your chances of landing a job that is a good fit for you. Research your options.

· POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Don’t criticize your former employers in any way. Keep all interactions positive and forward-thinking.

· GOOD PHYSICAL APPEARNCE: Dress professionally on the interview and be aware of the organization’s culture in terms of appearance; going to an interview at a law firm while wearing your softball uniform is inappropriate.

QUICK TIPS:

  • Don’t use funny e-mail addresses on your resume.
  • Don’t leave music as the message on your phone’s voicemail.
  • Clean up your credit report. Some employers, especially those with employees who handle money and finances, often check the credit reports of job applicants.
  • Stay out of trouble. Even minor criminal offenses can eliminate you from contention for some jobs, especially positions with the federal government or law enforcement.

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