It is very unpleasant to have to look for work, no matter what the reason. You will, however, find that you are now able to look for employment that you can enjoy! This article will give you some tips on making that a reality.
If you are between jobs, make the most of this time. Instead of allowing yourself to fee; bored and distressed, take the initiative to become more productive. For example, you might volunteer with a local adult literacy program, teach senior citizens about Medicare coverage or lead workshops at a center for small businesses. You will gain valuable experience, preserve your sanity and possibly expand your network.
It is good to make weekly goals when you are looking for a job. Make a schedule and aim for a certain amount of job search activities each week. This will make it easier for you to stay organized and it will increase your chances of going on more job interviews.
Most initial applications are currently done online, so present yourself in the best light with an impressive resume and cover letter. When you are contacted for a personal interview, make sure you dress appropriately and present yourself as a professional. Try to appear confident and hide any nervousness you might feel.
Dress for success when heading to an interview. What you wear has to be professional, and personal grooming of your nails and hair do matter. Understand that your appearance makes a tremendous impact on how employers view you; therefore, it’s vital that their first impression of you is great.
The Internet is a great resource, but you need to search for a job in other places as well. Social networking sites can sometimes help, but the best approach is to research companies of interest, find out if they have any available positions and get your resume out there for people to see.
When looking for work, make sure you have a LinkedIn account created and fill out your profile in full. Even if you are not “into” social media this is important. Many companies use LinkedIn as a vetting system prior to calling someone in for an interview. If you don’t have a profile, you may never get that first step through the door.
Try not to make friends with your boss and co-workers. Maintain professional relationships with the people at your job. When professional relationships extend beyond the workplace, interpersonal conflicts can quickly escalate — often with disastrous results. Avoid that by staying professional.
Always ask for permission before providing someone’s name and contact information for a personal or professional reference. If your contact is caught by surprise by your would-be employer, he may not have time to give a positive, well-thought-out answer. You also run the risk of discovering that this person did not share enthusiasm for your performance, skills and abilities.
Your job search can be the first step towards a long and happy career in a field that you truly enjoy. It will feel great to wake up every day and go into a place you love. Now get out there and get to work on finding the job you’ve always wanted!