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Top 5 Ways To Find A Job

Updated on August 24, 2015
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

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Your Winning Job Search

Did you know that more than a million-and-a-half companies and employment recruiters search the Internet job search and career sites every day for new workers?

That means that there is a lot of opportunity out there for you as a job candidate.

Here are five very good ways to find the best job for yourself quickly.

Build Your Network!


1) Networking

Networking is a big buzzword, but how do you do it?

It is probably the best job search tactic in existence, if it is used professionally and appropriately.

Effective networking is not "making a lot of contacts just to see what they can do for you." A good network is full of people that you have taken the time to get to know long-term.

Get out there in your working and social community and meet people in order to learn more about them. Than hand out your resume, business cards, or or JIST cards (see link below) and gain some outstanding results. Stay in contact with friends, business associates, coworkers and others and make the effort to communicate regularly.

Ask contacts for referrals. Find out what they want out of life and see out how you can help them to achieve it -- That is advice given by Zig Ziglar, the top salesman in any field and a motivational speaker I enjoyed hearing.

Effective networking is not "making a lot of contacts just to see what they can do for you."

Gather Information From an Interview

Informational interviews can be fun!
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2) Informational Interviews

An informational interview with a hiring representative is not a job interview. However, an employment interview can become an informational interview after the "job" part of it is completed or when the job candidate and the interviewer realize together that the job and the applicant would not be a good fit. Sharing additional information is a good way to preserve a business contact for the future.

Your primary goal in the informational interview is to gain information about your chosen field of work and the companies that offer such work. Call and ask people in your line of work if you may have 30 minutes of their time to talk to about their business.Many will say a happy "Yes."

Make sure to keep your appointment with the people you call and meet at their convenience. Have your questions ready -- For instance, find out what the person looks for in a job candidate. What specific qualifications? What does the job require? What educational and work backgrounds do their employees have? What advice can they give you? How should you go about your job search in this field? What employers do they think will be hiring in the near future?

Make sure to share business cards with the interviewer, if you have your own. Otherwise, make sure to obtain one of her his or hers.

Know Yourself - Self Assessment


3) Self Assessment

Compose a full list of everything you have to offer an employer. Identify and write down all of your skills, abilities, education, self-taught knowledge, and work experience that will make a strong contribution. Do all of this before writing your resume or starting a job search so that you will KNOW yourself in order to be able to SELL yourself.

Ask your family members, friends, church members, club associates, and coworkers what they see your strengths and weaknesses to be. They may see good tings you cannot see because you are to close to yourself to be able to be objective.

Organize your list of assets into categories according to the functions in which those qualities allow you succeed. You will then be able to present yourself to new employers in an organized and professional manner that they will respect and admire.

Keep Good Records!

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4) Organization

Keep track of all of your job search contacts by use a computer database in a simple program like Excel.

At least keep written records, even if you have no computer! A ledger book or a composition notebook will do. Write a list of potential employers and then note every resume you send, every phone call you make, and the name and title of everyone you talk to.

You will be following up with each contact, going by your list, so the list and its accuracy are vital.

Keep these records organized and review the information from time to time. Carry your records book with you if you must.

Follow-Up and Use Social Media Wisely


5) Follow-Up With Your Network

Follow up every initial contact you make.. If you send a resume, follow up with a phone call in 3 days to one week.

If you are interviewed, make SURE to send a Thank You letter (as of 2015, I think most people would send a well-formed email Thank You).

If you speak with a company representative, send a Thank You note and a JIST card.

Follow up on all of your job-related communications, even if you decide you don't want a particular job, because it will build your good reputation. You will show respect, good manners and etiquette, and the big "IT" factor of success - you'll be a STAND OUT in the employers' opinions.

Many people do not take the time to follow up and think a job will come to them - "all they have to do is wait." Those who follow up regularly will obtain the best jobs.

Now, Begin Your Search and Good Luck!


© 2007 Patty Inglish


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's good advice, save my system and Onlinestrategies. Thanks very much.

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      Onlinestrategies 5 years ago

      Linkedin is a great networking tool, where you can find your past employers, stay in touch with your co-workers. Building a great profile with Linkedin could increase the job potential.

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      save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      One of the greatest summer jobs for teens is working as a camp counselor. For three months you can bond with kids, get in great shape and make close ties. Job hunt with an effective search engine can prove extremely useful in summer jobs.