Top tips when search­ing for a job

The Oban Times - - Jobs Fair -

Is your job search off to a slow start or get­ting stuck? Here are some quick, time-sav­ing job search tips that will help your hunt for a new job go smoothly. Be pre­pared. Have a voice­mail sys­tem in place and sign-up for a pro­fes­sional sound­ing email ad­dress. Con­sider get­ting a sep­a­rate email ac­count to use for your job search, so you can stay or­gan­ised. Put your mo­bile phone num­ber on your re­sume so you can fol­low up in a timely man­ner. Be more than pre­pared. Al­ways have an up-to-date re­sume ready to send, even if you are not cur­rently look­ing for work. You never know when an op­por­tu­nity that is too good to pass up might come along. If you're not on LinkedIn yet, cre­ate a LinkedIn pro­file and start mak­ing con­nec­tions that can help your job search. Get help. Utilise free or in- ex­pen­sive ser­vices that pro­vide ca­reer coun­selling and job search as­sis­tance such as job fairs, col­lege ca­reer of­fices, Job­cen­tre of­fices or your lo­cal pub­lic li­brary. Cre­ate your own tem­plates. Have copies of your re­sume and cover let­ter ready to edit. That way you can change the con­tent to match the re­quire­ments of the job you're ap­ply­ing for, but the con­tact in­for­ma­tion and your open­ing and clos­ing para­graphs won't need to be changed. Mi­crosoft Word users can down­load free tem­plates for re­sumes, cov­er­ing let­ters and email mes­sages that can be per­son­alised for your own cor­re­spon­dence. Have your ref­er­ences ready. Have a list of three ref­er­ences, in­clud­ing name, job ti­tle, com­pany, tele­phone num­ber and email ad­dress ready to give to in­ter­view­ers. Print a copy of your ref­er­ence list and take it with you to in­ter­views. Use your net­work. Be aware of the fact that some job open­ings aren't ad­ver­tised. Tell ev­ery­one you know that you are look­ing for work. Ask if they can help. Get so­cial. So­cial net­work­ing sites like Face­book and Twit­ter can be a good way to get job list­ings be­fore they are listed else­where. Don't stop. Don't limit your job search­ing to the web­sites like Mon­ster or In­deed. Check the smaller niche sites that fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion or ca­reer field. At­tend job fairs to meet po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers and net­work, and keep an eye out in the clas­si­fied sec­tion of your lo­cal news­pa­pers. Look for time-savers. Strapped for time or stuck for ideas? Con­sider get­ting help writ­ing or edit­ing your re­sume by a pro­fes­sional ser­vice.

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