Whether you’re just out of school, or coming back after a period of non-paid work, you need to remember some key principles that will help you keep marketable and motivated while searching for a job.
- There are many other people vying for positions, but the positions are there, and they have to hire someone. Why not you? Make your resume and application stand out. Believe in yourself!
- Someone is always leaving a company, whether voluntarily or not, and these positions are coming into play every day. Don’t ever give up hope. You need to remain positive and energetic as you navigate through your job search. Your attitude will come across in your interviews, whether by phone or in person.
- Apply for “stretch” positions that require you to step out from your comfort zone. Don’t be intimidated by titles or responsibilities. You may not qualify for the particular job you apply for, but you might get the attention of a hiring manager or HR person who sees a fit for you somewhere else in the organization.
- Think about what you’ve accomplished in the past, even if it wasn’t for pay, and judge your capabilites on those things. We tend to forget the skills and experience NOT on our resumes.
- Know what you’re passionate about and use it. It sounds simple, but these are the areas you should be stressing on your resume and during your interviews. This will help you connect with people at a very personal level, communicating your intense desire to do some type of work, or help an organization in some way. Let your character and values show!
- Find someone on the inside of the organization to champion your cause, and can put your resume in front of the manager or HR person responsible for hiring. Take advantage of your relationships, whether it’s a family member or neighbor. Tap into those friends-of-friends and use social media, such as Facebook and Linkedin to your best advantage. Just remember, if you use these tools, always show your best professional side.
- Don’t discount any companies or positions. What appears to be a dull, dry job could lead to something much more interesting, once you’re hired and on the inside. You won’t know about all the opportunities until you get in there and start talking to people.
- Volunteer. A company may not advertise a volunteer position, but if you find a way to help them and showcase your talent, make the offer and let them know how much you would like to work there. It also provides you with an opportunity to learn new skills.
- Think about two part-time jobs. These could lead into full-time positions, but could also give you a different experience, which could boost your resume substantially.
- Circulate and network. Find free seminars, conferences and job fairs where you can meet people and exchange business cards. Have several versions ready that highlight your drive and determination, with each one focused on a specific role you want to play in an organization. Keep your options open and all doors open.
In today’s market, you have to work that much harder to land a job, but if you follow these tips, you’ll have a better chance. Just don’t give up!
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