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7 Tactics For A Successful Job Search
Let me share with you 7 effective and time saving job search tips. Did you know that you’re wasting a lot of time online job searching multiple employment websites? There's always that curiosity to know if the job of your dreams is posted at 'so and so" website. But how many job websites do you need to go through, to find it? With so much information available, you have to wonder where to even begin. Let me share with you my best techniques for your job search and follow up.
Starting in your local area, get the Sunday newspaper and review the jobs and employment classifieds ads section. Now that you have a newspaper in hand you’ll be able to write notes on it, circle employment ads that appeal to you for follow up, note fax numbers and scratch off ads that you don’t like. By using the Sunday paper, I have a quick reference of who I can contact and send a resume or CV.
Networking. When the time arrives where you will need to start your job search, contact your circle of influence. Who do you know that might be able to put you in touch with a possible job contact? Nowadays it seems that most people manage their contact list with a mobile hand device like a black berry. I still prefer using outlook to manage my contact list. Contacting your associates may make your job search easier.
Hit the streets. What better way to make yourself known by prospective employers and human resource personnel than by going to pay them a visit. If possible fill out an application or turn in your resume in person. A little small talk and some rapport building could lead to interview in the future.
Job fairs. On occasion you may want to attend a job fair. This may be where you discover an overlooked opportunity. This could be also be another perspective to see how and where you fit in the job-marketplace.
Employment only newspaper publications. Perhaps you have seen them around town someplace. A thin 5 to 10 page job search newspaper that displays employer, recruiter and educational training institution advertisements. Usually these publications feature ads of large companies doing possible mass recruiting or just looking to fill one opening. It will take only a few minutes of your time to read one of these newspapers, but it could give you an idea of who’s hiring now in your community. There are also plenty of educational training programs advertised if you looking to add-on skills or career change.
I like to call this next tip the “direct sales approach”. The reason is that this technique calls for a more aggressive approach than simply answering ads. First we need to consider what your career or skill set is. For example, if you are an electrician, open up your local yellow pages under “electricians” and start calling those businesses and ask for their fax number. You may be amazed at how many people will give you their fax number just for asking. Anyway make a list of those numbers you collected. Then send a nice, personalized cover letter and a well done resume. Send 2 pages max.
Job search engines. As far as I am concerned, speaking from experience, there is no reason to go search multiple websites for a job. This takes to much time, literally hours and days. There are just too many websites to visit and job search. What you need is just one simple and easy to use website to search all jobs online. This is a job search engine. All you need to do from the home page is enter the type of job you seek and a location (city, state). You will get relevant job search results returned to you from everywhere on the internet including jobsites, companies and newspapers. Simply read through the results and click on the job that interests you. Should only take a few minutes and you will see everything.
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