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5 Employment Search Secrets You Need To Know
Practically everybody Ė maybe even Paris Hilton Ė will experience the often frustrating search for employment even if itís only once in their lives. If youíre a fresh graduate and itís your first time to enter the job market, hereís what you should know to get a job as soon as possible.
Know Thyself Ė It will be extremely difficult to find the most suitable job for you if you donít know exactly what youíre looking for. And to know what youíre looking for, you need to know who and what you really are first.
Know your interests. What kind of job are you most happy with? Is your college degree directly or even indirectly related to the type of job you desire most?
Make an Impressive Resume Ė Portfolios speak for models, paintings speak for works, songs represent singers, and resumes are what make or break job applicants like you. Making an impressive resume, however, is more difficult than it seems. Yes, itís short Ė usually not more than a page or two. And yes, itís just a list of your KSA Ė knowledge, skills, and attitudes Ė as well as your work experience (thatís just like copying the information you have in an autograph book). But itís how you say things and not what you say that matters.
If, in the end, you realize that resume is just not your forte then by all means hire a professional editor to create one for you. Itís money well-spent so donít feel bad about the costs.
Send, Send, Send Ė Now that you have an impressive resume, itís time to send your resume to as many possible employers. First, look at the classified ads section and send it to the appropriate employers or companies.
Secondly, browse the Internet for other possible employers or companies within the fields or industries youíre interested in. Send them your resume as well even if theyíre not hiring people now. If they see something like in your resume, theyíll likely read it all the way through. And if that strengthens their impression of you then theyíll probably give you an interview even if theyíre not looking for anyone at the moment. All you need is a chance!
Thirdly, consider availing the services of a resume distribution company. If you choose to work with a resume distribution company, youíll be able to have your resume sent to scores of firms Ė some of it you arenít even aware of being a possible candidate maybe Ė for one flat fee and in a short period of time.
Passing the Interview Ė If youíre lucky enough to have your resume chosen then youíll usually be called for an interview. Take the time to prepare fully for the interview. First impressions last so itís important to attend an interview with the thought that itís always a do-or-die situation. Use this to motivate you to do your best!
For interview success, you should first dress appropriately. Wear business attire as much possible. Secondly, develop a confident attitude. If you know that you have all the necessary requirements for the job then answer their questions confidently Ė but be sure not to end up sounding cocky or condescending, of course. Thirdly, establish rapport with your interviewer. Be honest but discreet about your opinions.
Follow-Up the Matter - Sometimes, delayed results of a job interview is only the result of a hectic schedule. The company may have overlooked your application because of certain circumstances. As such, donít hesitate to give them a follow-up letter or call. Donít be pushy!
If things donít work out with your first few attempts to land a job Ė itís okay. There are plenty other fishes in the job market. Donít give up!
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