Finding a new job can be a frustrating task. Submitting applications and preparing for interviews start to become monotonous. However, when it comes to finding a job there are several things you can do to ensure that this is the year you land that dream job. Here is a list of six helpful tips that you may not have considered before.
- What worked what didn’t: Have you gotten a lot of interviews? Did you get any response from your applications? Taking the time to analyze where your strengths and weaknesses are at is helpful in determining where to focus your energy in your job search. Maybe your resume is great but you need to focus on your interviewing skills. If you are not getting any calls for interviews, you may want to examine ways to improve your resume.
- The Unfortunate Typos: Unfortunately, the number one mistake that job seekers make is having typos on their application. Make sure you have double checked your application before turning it in. If you are sending in a resume, use spell check and have a friend or family member review for grammatical errors. Speaking of friends and family…
- Get your family and friends involved: Make sure that everyone knows you are looking for a job. Not only is it a good way to network for opportunities, they will also keep you motivated and help hold you accountable.
- Goal Setting: Write down your daily and weekly goals for job searching. Perhaps you want to put in 1 application per day or maybe 10 per week. Whatever the goal, keep it reasonable for your schedule. Having your goal in writing will keep you motivated and moving forward.
- Follow up: This step is just as important as any other step in the job seeking process. Since many people fail to follow up after sending in resumes or applications, this is a great way to get noticed. After sending in your application, call the company to check on the status of hiring. Once a hiring manager has interviewed you, send a thank you note.
- Practice, Practice, Practice: Developing your interviewing skills takes practice. Ask a friend or family member to interview you with some common interview questions and have them give you honest feedback. You may also want to have them ask you some surprise questions such as, “What do you feel your greatest weakness is?” Practice will not only help your interviewing skills improve, but will also help you project more confidence.