24 Best Of Job Search Tips – the real guide for the real jobsearch

January 27, 2015 by Margaret Townsend
Tips for job seekers

You will find great advice from The American Staffing Association on the career and jobsearch theme.

I have compiled here what I believe is the ‘best of’ tips for the jobseeker from their website, along with my own interpretations and additional job search tips, career advice and interview tips, which should go a long way in helping those of you who are right now digging in for a successful jobsearch.

  1. Career Advice: Know what you want. Compose a clear and focused job objective. State what you want to do, for whom, where, and at what level of responsibility.
  2. Resume Tip: Stand out from the crowd when creating a resume or profile on social media. Instead of just listing names, dates, and job skills, describe the benefits and results of your performance. For each entry, list your major accomplishments, emphasizing recent achievements. What problems or challenges have you faced? What actions did you take to overcome them? How did your actions benefit the company? Most companies value workers who boost profits, reduce costs, save time, and implement other efficiencies.
  3. How To Apply For Jobs: Sell yourself when using the free globehook.com service. You don’t need to worry about keywords here as the match you get is not dependent on your ability to understand seo (search engine optimization) and you cannot be searched so nobody but the employer who received your application will see. You only have one shot so concentrate on making a great impression when sending an application straight to the employer. Fill in all the sections including the skills you obtained outside of formal work environment as some employers, such as Yahoo! for instance, are just as interested in those. Upload testimonials & references too if you have any so they don’t have to check you out using their own methods.
  4. Applying for jobs online: Remember that keywords do matter on social media sites and job boards. Recruiters also use keywords to search résumés in their prospective candidate databases for open jobs. Select some of the most important keywords in your field and pepper them throughout your résumé and cover letter. You may need help with this though as too much looks obvious and it can be hard to get it right.  There are various resume writing websites offering help with resumes and social profiles too.  Check out many before committing to one as most charge a fee for the service.
  5. Resume Tip: Keep it positive. Refrain from listing the reasons for termination or leaving a job on any marketing or application medium. Prospective employers may find negativity in even the best reasons. You’re far better off explaining employment lapses in person.
  6. Resume Tip: No typos! Ensure the résumé, profile, cover letter and so on is error-free. Proofread, and have others proofread, too. Avoid jargon and use plain English as this is easier to understand.
  7. How To Apply for Jobs: Before applying for a job, make sure that your skills match the company’s job description. Skills can be gleaned from anywhere, as long as you have them within you and you can demonstrate that.  Skills are not necessarily the same thing as experience or qualifications.  Read the requirements of the job carefully to understand if there could be a fit and remember there is also a difference between ‘required’ and ‘desired’.  You may not have the desired skills but you may have the required skills which entitle you to apply.
  8. Resume Tip: Get their attention. Make sure that the cover letter looks professional and is easy to read. You would be surprised how many cover letters look really bad and a well prepared letter can sometimes stand out just for that reason! Pay particular attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation, spacing, paragraph length, and margins. Address it to a particular person by name, and ensure that the spelling and title of the individual are correct. A good cover letter should not be too long; try to limit it to a single page.
  9. How to Apply for Jobs: Get their interest. In the first paragraph of your cover letters, try to briefly include any knowledge you have of the reader’s business, or comment on a timely issue relating to the company’s operation—but don’t make it forced. Indicate the position that you are applying for and your interest in being considered for it.
  10. Resume Tip: Market your strengths and explain what you can do for the company when communicating privately through Globehook.com or creating a public profile. Put yourself in the employer’s position as you write. Present facts that will be interesting and that accurately describe your skills and qualifications. Your prospective employer will be interested in your ability to make or save money, conserve time, and effectively assume and delegate responsibility. Do not stress or try to compensate for weaknesses, such as lack of experience.
  11. How to Apply for a Job: Request action within your cover letter. In the last paragraph, ask for an interview. In all circumstances, be courteous, but be direct. Restate your interest at the end of the letter and always say thank you for their consideration. If using Globehook.com the employer is provided with tools specifically to encourage a response so you know where you stand within a certain timeframe following your application.
  12. Interview Tips: If you are selected for an interview, preparation is key. Note that you may go to several interviews for the same job. For example, your first interview may be with a staffing firm and your second interview with its client. If interviewing with the employer make sure to research their business first as it will help you to perform and interact better.
  13. Interview Tips: Confirm the interview appointments. Do this one day before your interview. Know the location of the interview. Try to find out how long you’ll be there and how long it will take you to get there so you can ensure you are on time. And make sure you have your contact’s phone number(s) in case you need to call.
  14. Interview Tips: Clear your calendar for the day of the interview. If possible, keep your schedule free of any other commitments that day. The interview might run over or you could be asked to stay longer during the appointment. Explaining that you have to be somewhere else could create an awkward situation that should be avoided.
  15. Interview Tips: Say the interviewer name(s) correctly. If you know the names of interviewers in advance, confirm the pronunciation and spelling prior to the appointment. If necessary, ask the receptionist to help you with pronunciations. It’s part of their job.
  16. Interview Tips: Be on time. Arrive no more than 10 minutes early but whatever you do, don’t be late! Arriving late will create an impression that you are unreliable. If unforeseen circumstances arise and you must be late, do everything you can to call ahead of time.
  17. Interview Tips: Dress to impress. If possible, learn in advance what attire is appropriate for the interview. If you’re still not sure, dress conservatively in a dark suit.
  18. Interview Tips: Let them know you’ve arrived. Walk to the receptionist, smile, shake hands, introduce yourself, and state that you have an appointment with your contact’s name. Offer your résumé or business card and wait.
  19. Interview Tips: Shut off the cell phone. Unless you are experiencing a bona fide crisis, turn off your cell phone upon arrival.
  20. Interview Tips: Use your mouth only for talking. Unless the interview is scheduled with a meal, nothing should be in your mouth but words. Drinking, eating, smoking, and chewing gum must be avoided.
  21. Interview Tips: Prepare a short statement about you. Be ready to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself and your background.” This is your “stump speech” and should include some information on the types of companies and industries you have worked for, your strengths, transferable skills, and some personal traits. Practice saying this statement until it feels natural.
  22. Interview Tips: Be prepared to talk about your successes and experiences. The prospective employer will want to learn about your past experience—successes and failures (as a learning experience), work ethic, and professional track record. Be able to amplify every item from your physical résumé, job board resumes, social media profiles and globehook.com information which you shared with the prospective employer.
  23. Interview Tips: Be nice. Everyone you meet during your interview—from the receptionist to the interviewer(s)—should be treated with respect and courtesy. The receptionist might not be conducting the interview, but his or her opinion of you might be solicited.
  24. Interview Tips: Promptly follow up. Decide if an email follow-up is appropriate. If any documents were requested, such as references, employment application, or samples of your work, that’s a good reason for email, assuming you have them in electronic form. In any event, it’s always good practice to send a thank-you letter or note—on paper, mailed in an envelope—within a day of the interview. In some cases, an email thank-you note may be appropriate. Then a few days later, call to express your continued interest, and to see if you can offer more information.

 



About the Author

Margaret Townsend
An experienced recruiter and job seeker, now co-founder of www.globehook.com a private job search website. Blogs are full of practical tips and advice on career development, work-life balance, the job search and the job interview. Also writes in-depth unique articles about workplace issues such as gender diversity, HR practices, culture fit, employee engagement and gainful employment.

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