Job Searching Tips
Top Ten Job Search Tips in a Tough Job Market
We see thousands of resumes every day and talk to hundreds of recruiters. We see what works and what doesn't. We've compiled a quick list of things to do to ensure that you're maximizing your job search efforts.
Here's a top 10 list for working on your job search:
- Make sure your resume contains no spelling errors and is grammatically correct. Have a friend or industry professional proofread it.
- Don't apply to jobs you aren't qualified for - be sure to specify exactly how you are qualified in your email cover letter or resume objective.
- Remember that job search is self sales. If you don't push your product, then you won't get the sale.
- If you are out of work, devote 2 hours every day to job search. Treat it like a part time job - apply to 10 jobs every day. Set up online alerts to keep your email box full of job prospects.
- Submit your resume online both through the job board and the company web site.
- Fax your resume to the hiring manager - the fax gets placed on the chair of the hiring manager, and you rise to the top of the pile.
- Pick up the phone and follow up - people hire people, not resumes. Call and express your interest in the company and your desire to come in for the interview.
- Put your resume in as many places as possible. Job fairs, Indeed.com, JobCircle.com, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, etc. - the more places you're at, the better the chance you'll be found.
- Always overdress for an interview and show up 10 minutes early. The first 15 minutes of the interview is when the best impression is made.
- Network, network, network. Join user groups, networking events, seminars - talk to as many people as you can and ask if their company is hiring.