Job search tips
The way we go about getting jobs has changed. Through technology and the networks that offer more intel on our prospective employers, we are better prepared than ever to find the right career path. Today, for job seekers have never been easier to apply for numerous jobs within a small timeframe and with a few simple clicks on their computer.The latest generation of job-seekers is also different, and not only in how it approaches the task of finding work but in its philosophy and attitude.
So here are some basic job searching tips:
Be Positive: It is important to understand how difficult the job market is today, and that it is not necessarily your fault that you are out of work and having difficulty finding a new job.
Stay Motivated: It is easy to become disheartened when you have been out of work for a significant amount of time and seeing reports in the media about high unemployment rates and benefits being cut off can make it seem like things are never going to get better. The best way to combat falling into a rut or depression is to stay active.
Use technology to your advantage, you carry a smart phone with you everywhere and you really have no excuse not to be able to apply for a new job opportunity. Once you’ve set up job alerts or registered for newsletters you’ll be all set to job search on the go. It’s the perfect way to pass the time on your commute to or from work
Use LinkedIn as a Networking Tool: The website LinkedIn.com has become a powerful resource for job seekers, offering opportunities to both searches for job openings and building your network.
Don’t limit your options, when searching for your next job, there’s a fine line between knowing what you want and keeping your options open. Study the job description and any available information you have at the position, but don’t limit yourself only to online applications. Try to get to know some people who might influence you getting an interview.
Never Stop Learning: Once you know the skills you need to achieve your job search goals and are continuing to improve and update them, it can be useful to learn new skills or seek out new experiences that you have never had before.
Your resume must be flawless: spelling, grammar, and accuracy still matter and can be the difference between being screened for the position and being screened out of consideration.
A brief, meaningful, unique cover letter will get attention. Make sure you’re always tailoring your cover letter to the job you’re applying to, and always, always check for spelling errors.
Practice Job Interviews: Practicing your job interview skills is just as important for finding employment
Consider Relocation: In many cases, companies, or even entire industries, have moved to different parts of the world, where job growth might be better and local economies healthier.