This economy is tough. So many jobs have been lost, and finding a job is definitely not easy. With fewer jobs being available as a result of corporate cutbacks and layoffs, job seekers are forced to compete more fiercely to fill the empty positions.
If you’re currently searching for employment, you need to be at the top of your game to ensure you can beat the competition and land that job you so desperately need to support yourself and your family. By following the steps and utilizing the resources listed below, you’ll be back in the workforce and earning a paycheck in no time.
1. Determine your desired career path: In order to improve your chances of getting a job, you’ll want to apply for jobs in which you will excel and prosper. Some of you may already have previous specialized work experience and know what type of job you’re looking for. In that case, feel free to skip to step 2.
For those of you who need to be pointed in the right direction, visit CareerPath.com, a website designed to assist you with making the right career decision. Take a few minutes to complete their FREE career test, and you should have a much better idea of which career path will best suit you.
2. Build a resume: One of the most important resources you will need when looking for a job is a professional-looking resume. Now that you’ve determined which type of employment you’re looking for, it’s time to put that resume together. Resumetemplates.org offers over 250 resume templates to choose from, tips for crafting the perfect resume, and other great information such as how to write a cover letter.
3. Set up a job profile: Not only is it important to proactively pursue jobs by filling out tons of applications, it also doesn’t hurt to give employers the opportunity to discover you. Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com allow you to set up FREE job profiles. In about 20 minutes per website, you can set up a personalized profile highlighting your resume and career path of choice.
Hiring employers often search these sites looking for qualified candidates to fill their available positions. If you meet their criteria, there’s a good chance these companies will contact you and invite you in for an interview. Just be wary of scams. If you are contacted by an employer whom you’ve never heard of before, be sure to research the company before responding or providing any personal information.
4. Start your job search: It’s now time start looking for jobs. Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs and is a great starting point for job seekers. By simply typing in a few keywords related to your job of choice and your zip code, Indeed.com will search all sorts of websites for jobs that fit your description. You can even find information regarding the typical salary for your career path of choice. Check out Indeed.com and APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!
5. Nail that interview: Ok, so you’ve put in the work and you’ve locked in an interview. Steps 1 through 4 will have meant nothing if you aren’t prepared to knock your interviewer’s socks off with a great interview. HowToNailAnInterview.com lists 20 great tips accompanied with video geared towards ensuring you ace that interview. Some of the tips mentioned are self-explanatory (make eye contact, bring resumes, etc.), and others are a bit unconventional but very important (don’t talk bad about a previous boss, set your social network profiles to private, etc.).
Now get out there, go through these steps, and land that job. It may take you some time, but stay strong and don’t give up.
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