Job search advice abounds, to the point of being overwhelming. Here are my best tips to keep you focused:
- Make a list of your top skills and stress them in every part of your job search. It's easy to take your skills for granted, but employers need to know what you can do.
- Create a job search schedule and stick to it. You will increase your chances of
Stay focused on your job search to get hired faster!
- Build your job search network through former co-workers, volunteer activities, professional associations, online sites like LinkedIn, and friends. Tell network contacts that you are looking for a job, and briefly describe your skills. Ask if they know of suitable openings, possible employers, and other contacts.
- Use more than one job search method for the best success—network in person and online, attend job fairs, respond to ads, and call potential employers directly. These methods will help you uncover both advertised and unadvertised jobs. Don’t just apply for jobs online and think you are doing all you can do.
- Keep up and enhance your job skills through classes, workshops, reading, trying new things, and volunteering.
- Target employers who hire people with your skills and who are growing. You can search for employers by industry, occupation, and location at this site from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Become an insider at your target organizations: freelance, consult, volunteer, intern, mentor, ask for a tour, work part-time, or request an informational interview.
- Learn about the job search resources and help available at a One-Stop Career Center/American Job Center. It’s no longer just the unemployment office.
- Develop a positive, 30-second introduction that mentions your skills and your desired job. Use the introduction when you meet new people, network, and call for interviews.
- Treat job fairs like job interviews. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and know your top skills.
- If networking is intimidating, think of it as asking for information or as requesting a meeting to learn more about a company.
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