How To Find a Job
How to find a great job is something a person is very much interested in with the current economy. Finding a job that you can be happy with takes time and entails a job hunting strategy and a lot of effort. Finding a job is hard work. Even though there are a lot of agencies out there that can provide help, it can still be a difficult process.
My 28 years experience as the operating general manager of a high volume multi-million dollar a year business was my motivation to share these strategies. And to share some insight to what I would like to term as “Hiring an employer”. Don’t go out job hunting! Go out and hire an employer!
Whether you are looking for your very first job, switching careers, or re-entering the job market after an extended absence, finding a job requires two main tasks: understanding yourself and understanding the job market.
Strategy One: Build Your Qualifications
(1) Review your resume. Before starting your job search, make sure your resume is as complete and current as possible.
* Be honest. Never lie on your resume, it could come back to haunt you later.
* Review your resume several times for any grammatical or spelling errors.
* Keep a clean format. Your resume’s appearance is almost as important as the way it reads.
(2) Develop your personal elevator pitch. Many structured interviews, particularly those at large companies, start with a question like “Tell me about yourself.”
* Keep it short — between 30 seconds and two minutes — and have the basics of it memorized so that you don’t stammer when you are asked to describe yourself.
(3) Make a list of work-related skills you would like to learn.
In an interview, tell the employer what you are reading and learning, and that you would like to continue doing so. Here is a list of some of the most important job skills, wanted by employers.
Jobs Make a List
* Logical thinking and information handling: Most businesses regard the ability to handle and organize information to produce effective solutions as one of the top skills they want.
* Technological ability: Most job openings will require people who are IT or computer literate or know how to operate different machines and office equipment, whether it’s a PC or multi-function copier and scanner.
* Communicating effectively: Employers tend to value and hire people who are able to express their thoughts efficiently through verbal and written communication.
* Strong interpersonal skills: Because the working environment consists of various kinds of personalities and people with different backgrounds, it is essential to possess the skill of communicating and working with people from different walks of life.
Strategy Two: Do Your Homework:
(1) Prepare for a behavioral interview. You might be asked to describe problems you have encountered in the past and how you handled them, or you will be given a hypothetical situation and asked what you would do.
Be able to give honest, detailed examples from your past, even if the question is hypothetical (e.g. “I would contact the customer directly, based on my past experience in a different situation in which the customer was very pleased to receive a phone call from the supervisor”).
(2) Research the company. Don’t just do an Internet search, memorize their mission, and be done with it.
Strategy Three: Pound the Pavement:
(1) Network. The best companies to work for tend to rely heavily on employee referrals. Make a list of all of your friends, relatives, and acquaintances.
Do not be too humble or apologetic. Tell them what you are looking for, but let them know you are flexible and open to suggestions.
Jobs You Must Network
* Do informational interviews. An informational interview is when you invite a contact or a professional out to lunch or coffee, and ask them questions without the expectation of getting a job.
Have lots of questions prepared — “What’s a normal day like for you?” “What are the advantages of your job?” “What might you have done differently?” are all great — but be mindful of their time.
* Touch base with all of your references. The purpose of this is twofold. You can ask them for leads, and you will also be refreshing their memory of you.
* Keep in mind that, as with dating, “weak” personal connections are the best way to find a new job because they expand your network beyond options you are already aware of.
(2) Volunteer. If you aren’t already, start volunteering for an organization that focuses on something you’re passionate about.
* Internships may fall into this category. An internship is a great way to get your foot in the door, as many companies prefer to hire from within.
(3) Cold call. Locate a specific person who can help you (usually the human resources or hiring manager at a company or organization you’re interested in). Call that person and ask if they are hiring, but do not become discouraged if they are not.
* Reflect after each phone call on what went well and what did not. Consider writing out some standard answers on your list of skills so you can speak fluently.
* Visit the company or business in person. There is a saying among employers: “People don’t hire resumes; people hire people.”
If you make an excellent personal impression on the HR manager, you’ve done your job: s/he will have connected your face to a resume, and will have a much better idea of your natural intelligence, your persistence, and your likability.
Strategy Four: Tweak Your Mentality:
(1) Change your attitude. There is a difference between making phone calls and going to interviews thinking “I am looking for a job” versus “I am here to do the work you need to have done”.
(2) When you are looking to get a job, you are expecting someone to give something to you, so you focus on impressing them. Yes, it is important to make a good impression, but it is even more important to demonstrate your desire and ability to help.
(2) Settle down. If you have moved around a lot, be prepared to offer a good reason for it. Otherwise, you will need to make a good case for why you want to stick around in the area where the job is located.
* Be prepared to outline why you are where you are today, how long you intend to stay there, and why.
(3) Fit the job to the skills rather than the other way around. Many people search for jobs, then try to see how they can tweak the way they present their own skills and experiences to fit the job description.
* Make a list of all of your skills, determine which kinds of businesses and industries need them most (ask around for advice if you need to) and find businesses that will benefit from having you and your skills around.
* It is important the nature of the job fits your personality and salary requirements, otherwise you will have spent a significant amount of time to find a day job you dread getting up for every morning.
Write a personal vision statement. This will help you determine what type of job you want, your goals, and the steps you need to take to get your dream job.
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