Job Search Strategies and Resources
You need a job. What’s the best way to find one?
Looking for a new job can be a daunting task. Conducting an effective job search will improve your chance of success. Thankfully, there are many online resources available to job seekers that offer everything from resume writing tips to job search strategies.
Getting Started on a Job Search
Before you begin your job search, ask yourself some questions. What type of job are you looking for? Is there a particular company you would like to work for? What types of positions are you qualified for? How much income do you require?
The answers to these questions will give you a clearer idea of how to proceed with your job search.
Here are some places that can help you get started in the right direction:
Finding Your Dream Job
The next step in your job search is finding a position that matches your talents and experience. Networking with friends and colleagues is an effective strategy for discovering an opening. The internet is also a useful resource for locating an open position.
Here are a few of the more popular job search engine sites. Many employers use these sites to find candidates for their open positions:
In addition, most states have job banks that contain listings of available positions in their particular state.
Social media sites like LinkedIn also post job openings
Visit a company’s website. Many companies post their job openings on the website.
Getting the Job: Cover Letters, Resumes and Interviewing
You’ve found a position that fits with your career objectives. Now comes the most critical part of the job search process: How do you convince a potential employer that you’re the best choice for the job?
A well written resume is your most important and effective job search tool. An employer will use your resume to determine if you are a right fit for a particular position.
There are many different resume formats. Which one is right for you is determined by numerous factors. Remember there is no “one size fits all” resume; you should modify the information to fit the position you are applying for.
Here’s some places to find tips on creating a resume:
The Cover Letter
Accompanying your resume should be your cover letter. The cover letter is important because it is usually your first contact with a potential employer. Your cover letter should be short and to the point, complementing the information on your resume and emphasizing why you are a good choice for a particular position.
Here are some places to get tips for writing an effective cover letter:
Your resume and cover letter has led an employer to consider you for their open position. Now they want to meet you in person for an interview. This is the point in the process where you will close the deal, so you’ll want to make the best impression possible
After the interview, it’s always a good idea to send a thank you letter to the people you spoke with.
You’ve Got a Job!
You’ve been contacted by the company you interviewed with. Congratulations! They’ve selected you for the position. Here are some tips when starting a job:
Good luck with your job search! Remember not to get discouraged, keep looking!