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Job Search Rules to Live By

Many people are hunting for jobs today, some unemployed while others want to upgrade to a better position. With all the competition, a candidate needs to plan an effective job search. The following rules can help to hone a job hunt that will lead to the most suitable positions that match a candidate’s education and experience.

Develop a killer resume.

Consider your resume as a marketing tool that showcases your credentials to prospective employers. In many cases it is the first introduction a company will have to you as an applicant. The resume should be printed on good quality paper and follow the usual resume conventions of formatting and content. Typically included are educational background, work experience, and special skills or interests, along with professional references. A well-organized resume can spark an employer’s interest and lead to an interview.

Include social media as part of the search plan.

Take advantage of free social media apps like Linked In, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Employers often troll these media to learn more about potential candidates for a job position. Make sure to convey a professional image through photos and posts. You might consider hosting a blog to discuss relevant business interests that represents you as a savvy candidate.

Network with friends and industry associates.

Check with friends and associates who have jobs at companies where you would like to work. Find out when openings become available so you can be among the first the apply and focus your resume on the specific position. Consider options like job shadowing, an internship, or volunteering to get your foot in the door of potential future employers.

Get involved with local business groups.

Join the Chamber of Commerce and civic groups like the Rotary or Lions Club to get acquainted with the local business community. Exchange business cards and offer your skills or expertise to help someone with a business-related issue. You may want to give a talk or demonstration to let members know more about your professional strengths. Hopefully they will keep you in mind for future job openings.

Practice your best interview techniques.

After submitting an application or a resume, prepare for prospective interviews. Read the company’s website to learn more about their mission and goals so you can knowledgeably discuss these during the interview. Review recommended interviewing tips like sitting in a comfortable position that doesn’t slouch or appear too rigid, and avoid one-word answers to interviewers’ questions. Get informed about cutting edge interview strategies so you won’t be taken by surprise.

Create a strong job search plan that will open doors of companies where you want to work. Getting a desired interview doesn’t happen accidentally. It happens by taking planning ahead and taking positive steps to impress employers with your credentials during the application process. Start with a terrific resume, continue your search via well-designed social media, and finish strong by giving a dynamite interview that makes you the obvious candidate of choice for the position.

I am a Commerce, Computer and Law graduate. I am running my own IT Company since 1993. I like to Read, explore Hindu Sanskruti, Travelling and Riding/Driving.

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