Tip #1 – Be focused
Before you start looking for a job, know what kind of job you’re looking for. While it’s good to be flexible, you need to know what you’re good at, what you’re interested in, and what environment shares your values.
Don’t apply for just any job you see. Do your research. If you are qualified for the job and it interests you, apply.
Keep in mind, an organization wants the best person for the job. Why are you the best person for the job for which you are applying? Be able to articulate, both on your resume and at an interview, why you are the best. If you are asking an organization to accept your word that you are the best, here’s a hint – they won’t. If you can’t tell them specifically what they want to know and back it up with facts and figures, that interview, much less the job will not be yours.
Tip #2 – What have you accomplished?
It’s good to be a “leader,” but what, exactly does that mean? What have you accomplished as a leader? Be prepared with facts and figures to back up your statement.
Do you have good communication skills? What specifically did you accomplish with those skills? How are your customer service skills? Again, what specifically did you accomplish with those skills?
Accomplishments are strong indicators of how qualified you are. They are more significant than your job duties/responsibilities. Make sure your accomplishments are verifiable and measureable and related to the job qualifications and description.
Tip #3 – Learn how to network effectively
Long before you start looking for a job, you should learn to effectively network. Good networks take time to generate. Think about your best friend. How long have you known him/her? Have you been friends for years?
Like good friends, networking is a two way street. You’ll want to help them just as they help you. None of this happens overnight. If you expect someone to recommend you for a position, they need to know you, which will take time. If you want a recruiter to think of you for a job that’s open with their organization, they have to know if you will be a good fit, which also takes time.
Finally, don’t forget your contact just because you found a job. Keep in touch with them. Congratulate them when you hear about a promotion they receive. Did you find some information that may be of use to them? Forward it to them. Or just keep in touch by saying “Hi.” If they helped you find your job or gave you some good advice, don’t forget to thank them. A little kindness and courtesy goes a long way.
Do you have any good advice to share with us? We’d love to hear from you!
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