A Few Job Hunting Tips (Part I)

With the economy in such a state, things aren’t easy. Either you’re in search of a new job or need another one to make ends meet on top of your full-time career, here are a few tips on your job hunt. Hopefully these will give you a leg up over the competition.

1. Have a Clean and Presentable Resume

This usually is the first contact you have with an employer, so you want to make a good first impression. Remember, if there are a lot of people applying for a position, then the reviewer might be going through these resumes rather quickly, tossing poor resumes right away. In order to avoid this happening to you, make sure that your resume is clean and presentable. Keep it concise, preferably to one page, with experience and activities listed in such a way that caters to the position you’re applying to.

Also, have several copies printed out just in case you drop by a place of employment that just so happens to have openings or if someone you know asks for a resume on the spot to pass on.

2. Use the Internet to Your Advantage

While my son mostly landed part-time jobs by applying at stores or through connections, he had some experience applying online for both part-time work and internships. It’s been a few years since then, and last time we checked, the online job boards such as snagajob.com, indeed.com, and monster.com have improved significantly. As long as you are willing to spend the time to browse and filter through all these job positions, depending upon your experience and desired industry, you’re bound to find places to apply to.

3. Dress Appropriately for Your Interviews

Before you interview for your future employer, get a feel for the company culture. Then, when you interview, make sure you dress one level above the company culture. For example, if you’re interviewing for a place that has a business casual dress code, then come into your interview in either a suit and tie for guys or a blouse and dress pants for the gals. This is another opportunity to give a good impression and show that you are serious about this position.

4. Show Don’t Tell

During the interview itself, when asked about yourself, don’t describe yourself as something like “reliable, determined, and hard working” and leave it at that. Everyone does that! Anyone can say that during an interview, and also, the interviewer has probably heard the same speech many times before. Instead of running down a list like that, provide concrete examples in your work and personal life that shows your potential employer what kind of person you are. This is also a great way to showing off your communication skills.

5. Follow Up

Just because an employer hasn’t called you back doesn’t mean you no longer have a shot. Employers LOVE people who show initiative, so if you haven’t heard from them after a week or two, or after the period of time they promised you, don’t be afraid to call them and follow up on the status of your application. Showing your interest and seriousness like so gives you the upper hand.

These are just a few quick tips for part one of my job hunting tips. Expect part two tomorrow 🙂

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