The job market will never be like it was back in the 60’s and 70’s, but there are great jobs out there to be had. It’s all about planning and executing the perfect job search.
Here are 5 tips you can use while fishing the great river of employment in 2015:
Finding a job is easy for some, and not so easy for others. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
I liked the tips outlined in this vid because they’re a little different than the typical “pound the pavement”, “the more resumes you hand out the better your odds”, “focus on quality over quantity” — yada, yada, yada tips that we’ve all heard a million times in our life.
Job Search Tips:
1. Reflect: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Learn what worked and what didn’t for you in past job searches. Don’t waste time on sites or recruiting services that have never produced results; find new ones. Ask interviewers what you did/said right in the interview and what you did wrong, so you can do better next time.
2. Follow up with employers: It’s shocking how one can take the time to tailor a resume and cover letter to a specific job, yet can’t be bothered to follow up by phone/email to inquire about the status of their application. This is a go-getters world folks — no lying around on the couch waiting for your future to happen! (however, if they ask that you don’t call, then don’t)
3. Reach out, seek advice: If things aren’t going your way, you’re likely doing something wrong or not doing something you should. Remember “the definition of insanity is…”
4. You can’t “wing” a job interview and expect to get it: Maybe, just maybe at a fast food or low-paying retail/factory job you might just luck out. But most employers have well trained recruiters and/or managers who can read between the lines when you answer questions half-halfheartedly or dishonestly.
5. Mock interviews: This isn’t a bad tip if you and the friend or family-member you choose can keep things serious and professional. It’s also important that they be someone you know is capable of constructive criticism. Otherwise they’re not helping you at all.
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