Think finding a job is tough? The next section will provide you with some valuable pointers to an effective job search. Everything from being prepared to knowing who to contact, is covered. Hang on and get ready to learn all the secrets.
Before You Start
- Are you in a positive state of mind? Complete our Positivity Inventory and learn where you are at.
- Staying positive throughout your job search is important. But it is not always easy. Check out our tips on how to stay positive.
- Job targeting is an essential part of a successful job search. Take aim at your job and hit the bulls-eye.
- The final stage of job search preparation involves organization. Get ready to hit the front lines of the job-searching campaign.
The traditional method of looking for work involves reading job ads, pounding the pavement and sending out a pile of résumés. While this is still an option, there are many other alternatives that may be more effective. Just remember, everyone's job search is different. You will want to decide what combination of strategies outlined below suits your personal needs. Using a variety of methods will increase your likelihood of finding employment. Accessing both the advertised and unadvertised job markets is a good place to start.
Followup is an important element of every job search strategy you use. Whether you have mailed a résumé, answered a newspaper ad or made a cold call, contacting the employer again by mail or phone can be very effective.
Advertised jobs tend to be in newspapers and on job boards. Remember, this represents only about 20 per cent of what's out there, so don't stop at this point.
Unadvertised positions account for the majority of job opportunities. How can you tap this hidden job market? By becoming a networking expert.
We all have a built-in network that we can use to tap the hidden job market, even if we aren't aware of it. Find out how to identify and develop your personal network.
How you appear on social media can play an important role in the job search. Make sure that you present well online. Check out our Social Media Tip Sheet.
The people you already know are only one part of an effective network. There are also people in the job market who can provide leads and referrals. Learn how to establish job contacts.
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