Finding a new job can be excruciating or it can be a pleasure. The way to make the search easy is to follow a system. Having a plan will alleviate your stress and will direct your efforts in an efficient manner. The 6 step system consists of planning and goals.
1. Your Ideal Job
The first thing to do is to imagine the kind of job where you would be happy. What does it look like? What are you doing there? Where is your ideal position located? What are your hours? What kind of company culture would you feel most comfortable in? What does the atmosphere feel like? How much are you being paid? Are you supervised closely, or do you have freedom? What aspects of your current job do you dislike? Write these things down.
2. Finding a Company
The next step is to look for companies that fit your ideal job. This is accomplished through research. Are there any places that you always wanted to work? Do you know anyone who has worked or still works there? Ask them their opinion of the work environment. You can also look up businesses online. Read their About page. Look for press releases written about them. Look at company review sites such as Glassdoor and LinkedIn. Indeed has a good forum where you can ask questions and read comments about corporations. It is good to know about a company before you interview there anyway.
If you do not have a specific place in mind at which to apply, you can find opportunities online at major job boards. Once you see jobs in which you are interested, you can then research the company that advertised the posting.
The next step you might think is to apply through a job board. You can do this, but do not expect an immediate result. The best way to obtain a job interview is through networking. Try to identify the hiring manager of the position that you want. Find them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook. Engage in conversation about relevant industry topics. Get to know influential people and allow them to become aware of you. At the same time, make sure that all of your profiles highlight your work experience and skills.
You can also network offline by attending job fairs and industry events. Join associations in your field. Remember while doing all of this that the fastest way to get a job is through a reference. Tell everyone you know that you are looking and ask them to refer you to hiring decision makers. Job agencies have great connections, as do university career centers. Your goal is to be asked to an interview.
4. The Resume
Your resume should also reflect your best attributes. Get your resume ready at the start of your job search. Not only will it help you to organize your thoughts about yourself, but you will be ready for any interview opportunity. Keep your resume clear, clean and concise. A manager will peruse your resume in 10 seconds. Pay for a professional writer if you can afford it. You want your resume to look proper; the paper should be white and of good weight. The wording should be eloquent and should include keywords that resonate with the job posting.
5. The Interview
You want to match your appearance and style to the person you appeared to be on your resume or application. It goes without saying that you should be well manicured and your clothes should be impeccable. Jeans, sneakers and t shirts are out of the question. If you are being interviewed over the phone, then make sure you have a quiet environment. If you are being interviewed over the Internet via webcam, then make sure your workspace is clear.
Consider your body language. By standing and sitting straight, you look confident. If you lean slightly forward in your chair, you will look interested. Maintain eye contact as much as you can.
Be ready to answer questions with specific examples from your experiences. Focus on how you have contributed to your previous jobs in terms of customer service, improvements in efficiency, sales, or leadership.
Never disparage your previous employer and do not reveal any things that are proprietary in nature.
Ask questions at the end of the interview if given the opportunity. It gives you a chance to appear interested in the job and the company.
Have several copies of your resume. Bring a pad, pen, and a case for your paperwork. Include a copy of your references.
6. Believe in Yourself
If you need to, psyche yourself up before an interview. You have skills and experience. You are valuable and you can contribute. If you believe in yourself, so will others. People respond well to confidence and positivity. Now is the time to get out there. Don’t give up. You can do this.
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