Wednesday, November 10, 2010

21 great tips for job searching - And a few other great resources

Tips on job searching:

  1. Create a strategy: Are you going to begin your job search by using Craigslist? Do you prefer to actively visit businesses? Will you use websites such as CareerBuilder, and Monster? Will you apply to specific jobs online? All of the above?
  2. Whatever you do, BE PROFESSIONAL. If you are going to visit businesses dress business casual (for example, jeans and a blazer with flats). No sweats, or PJs, or hair in disarray. Create a professional email address, etc.
  3. Be honest. If you lie on your resume or in anything you say, it is more than likely that it will be found out. Not worth it.
  4. Have a couple of people review your resume and cover letter. You don't want a typo to cost you a possible job.
  5. Review your social networking sites. The employers are looking at them, and if there is anything questionable there, it may cost you a job.
  6. Work your network. Let anyone and everyone you know be aware that you are searching for a job.
  7. You can always create a website/portfolio that works as a resume. Check mine out right here: Yirssi
Resume tips:

  1. Be professional! No slang, typos, etc.
  2. Tailor your resume and cover letter for each job you apply for. If you are applying for sales jobs and waitressing jobs create two different resumes that showcase the skills needed in each job. (But remember, don't lie!)
  3. This is the place to toot your own horn: make sure you name all of your job related accomplishments, skills, etc.
  4. Don't use anything cutesy, such as pink paper, or anything like that. Stick to white paper.
  5. As this website puts it, put the most important information first.
  6. Try to keep it at one page. If you can't then don't go past two.

Tips on interviewing:

  1. One again, be professional.
  2. I know.... I sound like a broken record, but, be honest!
  3. You have to sell yourself. Be enthusiastic, have a good attitude, and be polite. Don't forget to thank them for their time.
  4. Research the company and have a few questions to ask of the interviewer. But remember, don't ask about money.
  5. Send a short thank-you note or email to the interviewer. It's nice of you, and will help them remember you.
  6. Be 5-10 minutes early.
  7. Never bad mouth a previous employer.
  8. Rehearse as much as you can. A wonderful tool is this possible questionnaire by Monster.
Other resources:

Some of my tips come from a few of the following links, and some are from life experiences. Make sure to browse through these links, because they contain very valuable information!

Job searching:
From About.
From Monster

44 great tips
10 more tips on resume writing
100 Possible interviewing questions.
Browse through all of Monster's articles on interviewing, they are great.
5 questions you need to ace, by ABC News.
How to ace an interview, from Forbes.

Also, the best tool you have out there is Google. When in doubt, google it out. If you need tips on what to wear to your interview, or how to format your resume, Google will give you some ideas!

Lastly, this is a wonderful FREE book you need to check out. Great tips from recruiters.

Stay tuned for the rest of the month. There's a review of "The girl's guide to kicking your career into gear." And a Q&A session coming up. Do you have any specific questions you'd like answered? Make sure you contact me and let me know!



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