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25 Tips to Job Hunts

25 Tips to Job Hunts

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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,
 
 preferably 40 in the process. This will cut down dramatically on the length of time it takes you tofind work. Did you know that the average person in the job market only spends 5 hours or less per week looking for work? With that statistic, it isn't surprising that it can be a long, tedious process.Improve your chances and demonstrate your discipline and determination. Devote Sundays toanswering ads and planning your strategy for the next week. Don't spend precious weekday hours behind a computer. You need to be out there researching leads, networking, and interviewing.Work smarter for yourself!
7.Concentrate your job hunt on smaller companies.
Most new jobs will come from smaller,growing companies, typically with fewer than 500 employees, not large, restructuring companies.Although larger employers are more visible, well known and aggressive in their search for employees, it is with the smaller companies that you may have the best chance of success infinding work. Pay particular attention to those companies that are expanding and on their way to prosperous growth…they are easier to approach, easier to contact important personnel, and lesslikely to screen you out.
8.See more employers each week.
If you only visit six or seven employers a month in your jobsearch (which is the average, by the way), you will prolong your search and delay your successfuloutcome. This is one reason why job hunting takes so long. If you need to see 45 employers tofind a job, it only makes sense to see as many employers a week as possible. Determine to see nofewer than two employers per week at a minimum! Do this for as many months as your job-huntlasts. Keep going until you find the kind of employer who wants to hire you! Looking for a job isa numbers game. The more contacts you make, the more interviews you'll get. The moreinterviews you have, the more offers you'll get.
9.Be prepared for phone interviews.
Would you believe that over 50% of prospective candidatesare disqualified after the first phone contact is made with them by an employer? In today's world,employers don't have time anymore to interview every possible applicant and are using phonecalls as a less expensive, less time consuming way to weed out potentially unqualified candidates.The phone interview catches many people off guard. You might receive more than just one phoneinterview, and you have to pass them all. The interviewer usually makes up his or her mind withinthe first five minutes. The remainder of the time is spent just confirming first impressions.
10.Create a support group.
It is easy to get discouraged, depressed and despondent (the three D's)in the job-hunt process. This can be one of the toughest and loneliest experiences in the world andthe rejection you may have to face can be brutal, but it doesn't have to be. The key is inunderstanding that you are not alone. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people lookingfor work, and you can team up with one if you choose. Many job-hunting groups already exist,such as the local Chambers of Commerce and online support groups through the Internet. Find a partner, or a larger group, and support and encourage each other. The path to success is literally a phone call away.
11.Contact potential employers directly through professional associations.
Professionalassociations provide excellent networks for your benefit. Almost all committed professionals aremembers of at least one or two professional networks. Usually membership includes a directory,which provides you with a direct networking resource for verbal contact and mail campaigns.Additionally, most professional associations hold regularly scheduled meetings, which providefurther opportunities to mingle with your professional peers on an informal basis. Finally, professional associations all have newsletters that are a valuable resource for other trade
 
 publications, associations, and help wanted sections.
12.Post your resume online.
In today's world there are numerous resume databases on the web. Jobhunters can now tap into giant online databases when launching a search prior to interviewing.There are three primary ways to job search electronically or online: Joblines, Bulletin BoardSystems (BBS), and the Internet. Many employers today have their employment opportunitiesaccessible through a simple phone call. You can also use the advanced Resume Caster feature inResumeMaker to post your resume to all of the top career centers on the web for thousands of hiring employers to review. You can also use the Job Finder feature to search from among morethan 1 million online-listed job openings for a specific job title in the state you specify. The datais all there, waiting for you.
13.Promote yourself in unique ways.
Promotion is creating an audience of potential employers andmaking them aware of your qualifications. There are many nontraditional ways to accomplish thistask. For example, use electronic resume services to broadcast your resume. List yourself inappropriate trade association newsletters. Prepare 3 x 5 Rolodex cards that contain your name,address, and phone number on the front and your objective and skills from your resume on the back. Leave them behind wherever you go and give them to anyone who has reason to contactyou later about a job.
14.Accept a temporary position or volunteer work.
Be your own working advertisement byaccepting a temporary position. This provides you with valuable experience, contacts, andreferences. Volunteer for organizations and activities with business sponsors and relationshipsthat increases your visibility and personal contacts. Explore your possibilities and leave alloptions open. You never know which method may ultimately land you your ideal job.
15.Make cold-calls.
 Next to face-to-face meetings, the telephone is the most effective methodavailable to find a job. Every call you make is an opportunity to sell yourself to a prospectiveemployer, to pursue a new job opening, or to obtain a referral. Your technique in the initialtelephone call can have a categorical impact on your chances to obtain what you want from thecall. Complete at least 15 calls per day. You will be astonished at the results. Always beagreeable, gentle, and positive. Smile when you speak; the listener will hear it. Prepare a brief outline for each call and rehearse it. Create brief statements that outline how you can help your  prospective employer accomplish their goals. Always, always, always ask for referrals.
16.Re-define your job hunt in terms of alternative possibilities.
Successful job hunters alwayshave alternative plans ready in the background and implement them at the first sign of difficulty.Prepare alternative ways of describing what you do, alternative avenues of job hunting,alternative leads and contact lists, alternative target organizations and employers to contact,alternative ways to approach prospective companies, and alternative plans to continue your jobhunt through its successful completion. The jobs are out there—you just need to be sure you areusing the right methods to look for them.
17.Seek career counseling or job hunting help online.
Many service providers, through theInternet, are offering career counseling services, job hunting advice, and reference tools that youcan turn to in your job hunt. Some of the best of these services are free, and the number isgrowing astronomically each year. Your first approach would be to visit the online career centersintegrated with ResumeMaker and visit each site to determine what services they have to offer.There is a virtual community just waiting to hear from you.

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