Job Search Refresher: All You Need to Know to Find Work

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  • October 7, 2016
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WorkBloom has a lot of resources about looking for work, so it can be overwhelming for some, especially if you are not familiar with the site. No worries! We’ll break down the steps for you. Here’s everything you need to know to conduct an effective job search:

1) Decide What You Want to Do

This initial step sets the stage for the rest of your job search by helping you get motivated about the process. Take the time to assess your situation and what you would like to do. Once you figure it out, this will add focus to your job search. Once you know your goal, you can work towards achieving it.

2) Look for Opportunities

Now that you know, or have a better idea of what you would like to do, it’s time to look for job openings. Don't limit yourself to online job boards. They will only provide you with so many leads and each lead will come with its load of competition.

Supplement browsing online job boards with networking. Connect with others to build your network and, while you’re at it, uncover the hidden job market. Notwithstanding advancements in technology, person to person networking remains the principal way people find work.

Leverage LinkedIn. LinkedIn is hard to overlook in our modern society. Create a LinkedIn profile if you don’t already have one and learn to leverage its features to connect and keep in touch with others.

3) Apply to Those Opportunities

Found something you like and that fits your skill set? Apply! Read the job posting carefully (if that’s how you found out about the opening) to make sure you supply all the information requested. Send a compelling resume and cover letter, after you tailor them to the specific position, of course!

About Resume Writing

Writing a resume is not rocket science, so don’t be intimidated. However, it does require hard work. Here are some things to consider as you write your resume:

  • Resume Format: Choose the resume format that will shine the best light on your candidacy: reverse-chronological, functional or hybrid.
  • Resume Layout: Stand out with a professional resume layout that will draw attention to key sections of your resume.
  • Resume Keywords: Use the right keywords in your resume to show your knowledge of the industry and pass applicant tracking systems.

About Cover Letter Writing

As you write your cover letter, think about what you’re trying to achieve. You’re trying to introduce yourself to a stranger who (probably) doesn’t know who you are and you’re asking that stranger to see enough potential in you to grant you an interview.

With this in mind, how should you go about writing your cover letter? Here are some tips:

  • Keep it short and crisp.
  • Include something that will set you apart from other candidates.
  • Mention why you’re interested in the position.
  • State some key accomplishments or attributes that make you a good candidate for the position, without duplicating what’s in your resume.
  • Conclude on a positive note and ask for an opportunity to meet in person.

Here’s a good series about cover letter writing:

4) Seal the Deal

You’re on a roll! You just received a call from HR to schedule a job interview. Take a moment to celebrate! You don’t have the job yet, but celebrating each victory is important to remain upbeat!

So, now that you’re back on earth, what can you do to prepare for the interview?

On interview day, take a deep breath, be yourself and smile. Most interviewers will remember the overall impression you leave behind and not the specifics of each of your answers. This doesn’t mean that your answers don’t matter, but rather that your answers are only part of what interviewers are looking for. Beyond making sure that you’ll meet the demands of the position, they will also want to make sure that you will fit in.

Last but not least, once the interview is over, don’t forget to send a thank you note. Following-up is not an option. It’s mandatory, if you’re serious about getting the job.

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These are some basic steps you can take in your job search. As you go about building a better future, some days may be harder than others, but make sure to stay motivated, positive and always believe in yourself.

Good luck!

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