Job Search Tips
- Treat job search / hunting as a full time job (only you are working for yourself!). Have a plan, get daycare for your children and be 'on the job' 35-40 hours per week.
- Prepare and practice your few-sentences "speech" about who you are, what you do and what you want to do.
- Ensure that your CV or resume provides the best possible "first impression" and always have one with you. On the spot hiring does happen.
- Only hand your resume/CV to the person who hires (introduce yourself and shake their hand). If they are not available, find out when they will be, and go back.
- Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up by phone and in person (keep a diary of dates, names and notes to track your contacts and then, most importantly, be methodical in following-up).
- Make sure your voice messaging system is professional. Coach your roommates or children on how to politely answer the phone and take a message.
- Read the newspaper every day. Besides checking out the classifieds, find out what is going on. Apply to the companies that are growing. Spend a day with the yellow pages in the section of interest to you, and another day with Internet job search sites.
- Participate in as many volunteer activities as you can... the networking opportunities are priceless. Let everyone know you are looking for work, including your family, friends, the coach, mail carrier and neighbors (you would be surprised at how many excellent jobs come about as a result of an unexpected recommendation).
- Approach people in the places you would like to work, and ask them about what they do, and why they like it. Pay attention to how they are dressed and their approach to e.g. customer service.
- Be prepared for interviews. Practice answering generic interview questions, do your research, know about the company that you are applying for and be prepared to get your message across (what you have to offer to the employer)
- Don't get discouraged if you are not immediately successful.
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You may search for jobs right now, but when you find one you must apply immediately for it with your current CV or resume. We recommend that you have your cover letter ready too. So, do not forget about our resume writing, CV writing and cover letter writing advices.
Before you start searching for jobs you need to prepare your resume or CV and cover letter.
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Because CVs and resumes refer mainly to the past time with exception of your present job and employers are interested mostly in the future of they companies, often cover letters are more important or convincing to them then the accompanying resume or CV. So, prepare a cover letter.
If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:
When your job application consisting of your job covering letter and resume or CV is completed you are ready to submit your resume to employers, job recruiters and headhunters in places where you want to work.
When a potential employer invite you for an interview, you need to prepare yourself to win at the interview and get the job you want.