Searching for a new job can make you nervous and anxious to the point you just give up looking, but it doesn’t have to. Taking an organized approach to job hunting will take some of the pressure off and allow you to enjoy having afternoons free. Knowing exactly what you need to do throughout your job search will allow you to manage your non-job hunting time more wisely, and take a calmer approach to your search. Keep reading for the top 10 things to do when searching for a job.
Updated Resume
The first thing you need to do after mourning the loss of your job is update your resume. Add your most recent job and all the contributions you made to your previous employer, and check to see if you need more active language. Review your resume with a fine-tooth comb to make sure it is free of spelling and grammar errors, and more importantly accurate. Change contact information if it needs to be updated; your future employer can’t hire you if they can’t reach you. If you feel you need it, ask a friend or recruiter to review your resume for tips to make it stronger or more relevant for your ideal job.
Personalized Cover Letter
Whenever possible, refrain from using vague pronouns in your cover letter such as ‘sir’ or ‘madam’, instead use names or even positions to indicate to whom you are speaking. It’s important that you take time to personalize your cover letter; job searching is about finding the job you want not applying for a record number of jobs each day. When the information is available, use the name of the hiring manager or position title rather than ‘to whom it may concern’ or ‘dear sir or madam’. Always mention the job title for which you are applying within the cover letter so the person in charge of hiring can determine your qualifications. Leaving your cover letter vague increases the chances it will be skipped over in favor of cover letters that respond in a way to the job as posted.
Thank You Letters
When you begin job hunting, it’s expected that you will go on many interviews before finding the perfect job. Many job hunters believe the interview process is over when you leave the interview room, but sending a thank you letter or email could put you back in the running. Even if you felt like you completely bombed your interview send a thank you letter or email to let them know you appreciate the time and even the possibility to work for such an amazing company. This extra gesture could force a hiring manager to give you another chance, and another interview. It is customary to send a thank you letter or email within 48 hours of the interview.
Search Daily
As long as you are unemployed, searching will be your full time job. New jobs are posted daily on nearly every job search engine in existence, and taking a day off from job hunting could mean a missed opportunity to meet the boss of your dream job. Set a schedule for yourself so you spend a set amount of time each day searching for work. The time of day in which you search isn’t as important, as long as you make a concerted effort to find work each day.
Be Adventurous
Don’t limit your job search to the same position you just had; take this opportunity to submit your resume for the job you really want. Even if you think you’re not qualified for the job, submit your resume. The worst that can happen is that you don’t hear from them, and the best thing could be that you actually get the chance to sell yourself for your dream job. Use this time to explore other career options as well; don’t limit yourself to that with which you’re familiar. Explore other jobs and careers that have always interested you and go after them while you have the opportunity, you won’t have it forever.
Staffing Agencies
Staffing agencies aren’t just for wannabe actors to pay the bills between gigs; they can also provide a valuable resource for jobs you otherwise would not have access to. Signing on with a staffing agency can lead to a career you never anticipated, but it can also be a waste of time. Find an agency that specializes in your industry, and stay away from administrative and general labor agencies unless you really are looking for temporary work. Know the rules and guidelines before deciding, so you aren’t stuck temping at a job you hate.
Network
When you’re looking for work, it’s important to keep yourself apprised of what’s going on within your industry. If possible, attend functions or events within your industry so you can have access to hundreds of potential bosses at once. Use your friends and family as networking tools; anyone that knows of any job you might love could be a great asset to your job search. Reach out to old contacts and ex-employers to see if your perfect job is out there.
Interview Prep
The most important step of job hunting is the interview. During the dreaded job interview is where your fate is decided, so being prepared for this moment is in your best interest. Use a close friend or family member to give you practice interview questions, so you can practice giving thoughtful and articulate answers. Preparing for a job interview also should involve practicing answering inevitable questions like;
* Why did you leave your last job?
* What’s your greatest strength/weakness?
* How do you handle confrontation?
* Why should we hire you?
Being prepared to answer questions such as these will help you appear composed and prepared in front of your potential employer.
Document It
Stay organized during your job search by documenting or saving each job entry to which you’ve submitted your resume. This will come in handy as some employers wait weeks before conducting interviews. Don’t get caught off-guard by interview requests; keep a spreadsheet that documents the jobs to which you’ve applied. This will help you stay organized and prepare for interviews accordingly.
Stay Positive
Searching for jobs can be very discouraging, and after a week you’ll feel like the most incompetent person on the planet. Don’t let this feeling get you down, know that everyone is perfect for every job and be realistic with your expectations. You will probably only receive a response for 10% of jobs to which you apply and even that estimate is somewhat high. Know that your ideal job is out there and search relentlessly until you find it.

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