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How to do a Better Job Search and Search Engine Advice

Updated on November 14, 2015
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Over 10 years experience in social services with a specialty in job placement,financial advice and career placement


Succesful Job Searching

Job search success in today's economy means that getting the job is no longer a matter of qualifications.

You need effective tips for job searching and job application, because there are many more people looking for jobs, and unlike past times, a lot of job seekers are usually overqualified for the jobs to which they are applying.

Employers are becoming more selective than ever. Factors such as your physical location, mode of transportation, being bilingual, being single or married; kids (this last one is illegal but used anyway) are considered by hiring managers.

When in the past there were several applicants per job opening, today there are hundreds. Start with the mentality that you're going to look for a job and get it, don't' be pessimistic, finding jobs is easy, getting them is another matter but with effort and persistence you will succeed.

There are many sites that allow you to look for jobs and for employers to list their openings. Many states, including Florida, have workforce centers and organizations that offer their services to both employers and job seekers at no cost. Workforce centers do however, have goals that need to be met since their fund allocation is dependent on the number of people that they place in a job, among other things.

What is not commonly known is that many employers can receive tax credits from the local and federal government per every job seeker that is hired through them. In Florida it can be as high as $6000. The employer has to file a form and the new hire has to continue working for at least 6 months.

Many of the workforce staff, known in many places as job developers, are usually overworked, commonly assisting well over 100 people per day. So it falls on, you the job seeker, to help them and help yourself.

Once you are given your referrals to various jobs, ask that the job developer call the employer to verify that the job is indeed still available, if they can't, then call yourself and cordially ask if the positing is still available as well as asking for the employer's method of application. If the employer ask that you submit your resume or application, follow their submission method, otherwise you can end up hurting your chances.

I have been in this field assisting job seekers for over ten years, and many a times I have seen job postings with a current posting date which have been filled over a month ago and these job orders are often re-cycled and re-posted. I have also seen countless time many job seekers lessening their chances by applying through other methods not asked for by the employer. So before wasting precious time, effort and gas, make the call.

Make sure to list all of your skills, qualifications, work history and education history in your resume. If you have time lapses in the resume, consider listing yourself as an independent consultant for those lapses.

Avoid listing your interest. Employers don't really care if you like to listen to music or read books. Ask yourself what can you offer the employer that others can't and why they should hire you instead of someone else. I can guarantee that these questions will at some point or another be asked of you.

If you do submit your resume or application, follow up with a thank you note via email, facsimile or mail withing three to five days. Include your contact information and a request for the employer to contact you if they have any questions. It will make you stand out and will serve to refresh the memory of the hiring manager or HR person.

When submitting your resume, make sure to include a cover letter indicating by title which position you are applying for. Nothing throws off a hiring manager more than having to think of what position you are applying for. Never say that you will do whatever is available.

Hiring managers want people to do a specific job. Well crafted cover letters are always included with your resume and application by the time they are given to the person making the final decision and can help a hiring manager in making their final decision.

Once you have decided to go get your dream job, plan a strategy, follow it, and be persistent! Remember that looking for a job and getting are not the same thing, although one is depended on the other, going about it is different.

Getting that job depends on your efforts, networking. If you feel that you need to, asking for help is not only acceptable but it can be that extra push that gets you hired. The keys are to always be patient, well prepared and open minded. These keys although, not a guarantee, can most often lead to job search success.

Job Search Engines & More!

© 2011 Luis E Gonzalez


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    • penlady profile image

      penlady 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Though I'm reading this hub a few months later, the information is still fresh given that the job market hasn't improved. People need all the help they can get in finding a job. You should feel good in knowing that you're providing them with good information. Great hub.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Are you a hubnugget nominee, Luis? Well, a hearty congratulations on that. I might have missed it were it not for Ripplemaker's flashy smile up there. She's the bearere of great news, isn't she.

      Well, having won the hubnugget award three different times let me tell you that this article is a real winner-full of great info and helpful tips.

      Be sure to tell all of your friends and family about this nomination and get them to vote. They do not need to be a member of the hubpages community. Just guide them to the site and how to vote.

      Congrats and good luck.

      BTW - I just took my 17 yr old nephew around our little town to pick up applications. I am praying he gets hired somewhere before school is out! It is sad that the economy is so tough out there. So difficult for college kids nowadays.

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great hub with good advice for job seekers. Congrats on the nomination and good luck.

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      Golfgal 7 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Nice Job on Jobs.

      Welcome to the HUB and congrats on your first nomination. Happy writing.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      We could always need tips on how to look for a job with success. Thanks for this. By the way, congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Please follow this link and join the Hubnuggets forum.