5 Tips to Help You Land New Job
by Joan Davis
Finding a new job in today’s economy may be more difficult than it was, say, ten years ago, but it is not at all impossible. In fact, the economy has experienced a bit of growth since the recession and is, for all intents and purposes, in a bit of an upswing. This being said, the task of finding a new job is one that is both a possible challenge and a realistic goal.
When navigating the job market in a semi-down economy, job searches are obviously a bit different than they were at the turn of the century. Gone may be the days of literally walking into an open position, but by keeping these five tips in mind you may be able to find yourself the employment you are looking for!
Perfect your resume. This may require hiring a professional resume writer and, though you are most likely trying to conserve your cash, doing so is a great investment in your career. The resume you distribute to potential employers should be targeted; the summary, core competencies, and even details about the jobs you have held in the past should all highlight the valuable skills that you can offer your next employer.
Treat your job search like a job in and of itself. Instead of sleeping in and spending afternoons perusing online job applications, wake up early, put on business attire, and hit the pavement. Yes, many companies hire through online applications, but many do not. Personally drop off your resume to a targeted number of companies per day. Break for lunch, then spend the rest of the afternoon filling out online applications, researching potential employers, and preparing for interviews.
Be open-minded. You may be offered a job that you have not applied for, and you may have to apply for jobs that you had not previously considered. Sincerely think about every opportunity that comes your way; something unexpected may arise that presents you with the ability to go far in a new career.
Be proactive. Though being unemployed may induce a bit of sleeping in and sitting in front of the television, don’t fall into an inactive lifestyle. Not only will you get bored very easily, you will fall behind the competition. Instead of sleeping until noon, enroll in a technology course that will help you in your job search, or volunteer in a place that will support the skills you need to land an interview.
Remember that you are more than your resume. Yes, your resume is important, but you are the person that employers will be working with. Be personable and give hiring managers a face to put with a name; dress appropriately; and always appear to be knowledgeable about your field and the job you are pursuing (even if that means conducting daily research for the interviews and resume deliveries you have lined up).
Sure, getting a new job may be a bit difficult, but if you treat it as a challenge and fully commit to the process you may not only find it less tedious than you thought, but you may actually land the job you have been looking for and learn a thing or two about your industry.