ResumeMaker's Top 25 Tips for Finding a Better Job
Is a job change in order? Peruse the 25 most effective ways to job hunt. If it's time for new beginnings,and if you're searching for a job, it's a good time to make sure your priorities are in check. Begin withsome basic soul-searching, move to creative networking, and conclude with the foremost ways toinvestigate prospective companies. These are all sure strategies for getting a competitive edge in the job market. But finding a job means more than being competitive. In the bewildering new world of technology—online boards, career centers, and growing numbers of complex web sites—it also meansknowing your way around. Here are 25 tips to learn how to maximize your time, your effectiveness,and your chances of success in your next career search!
1.First and foremost—take a personal inventory.
Job hunting gives you the opportunity to go back to "square one" and inventory all over again what you are all about, what skills and knowledgeyou have acquired, and what you want to do. Who are you? What do you want out of life? A job?A career? Where are you going? Do you know how to get there? Have you been happy in your work/career/profession? What would you like to change? An inventory such as this is the best jobhunting method ever devised because it focuses your view of your skills and talents as well asyour inner desires. You begin your job hunt by first identifying your transferable, functional,skills. In fact, you are identifying the basic building blocks of your work.
2.Apply directly to an employer.
Pick out the employers that interest you the most from any sourceavailable (web listings, yellow pages, newspaper ads, etc.), and obtain their address. Appear ontheir doorstep at your first opportunity with resume in hand. Even if you don't know anyone there,this job hunting method works almost half the time,
if you are diligent and continue your pursuit over several weeks or months.
3.Ask relatives and friends about jobs where they work.
Ask every relative and friend you havenow or have ever had about vacancies they may know about where they work, or where anyoneelse works. It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an entire network to find a new job!If you tell everyone you know or meet that you are job hunting and that you would appreciatetheir help, you more than quadruple your chances of success.
4.Search hidden job markets.
Networking is the "Hidden Job Market." Because every time youmake contact with a person who is in direct line with your career interest, you set up the possibility that he or she will lead you to more people, or to the job you are seeking. People areconnected to one another by an infinite number of pathways. Many of these pathways areavailable to you, but you must activate them to make them work to your advantage. Most of theavailable jobs are in the hidden job market. They aren't listed in the classifieds or placed with aheadhunter. Find them through your network of contacts. This is your most valuable resource!
5.Ask a professor or old teacher for job-leads.
No one knows your capabilities, dedication, anddiscipline better than a teacher or professor who had the opportunity to work with you in school.Since more people find their work through direct referral by other people than by any other way,this is a target audience you don't want to miss.
6.Spend more hours each week on your job hunt.
Finding a job is a job! Treat your job hunting just as you would a normal job and work a normal number of hours per week, at least 35,