5 Job Seeking Tips for Job Searchers

Job searchLet’s face it: searching for a job sucks. Not only do you have the stress of being unhappy in your current job or unemployed, you also have to comb through hundreds upon hundreds of job openings that you either don’t want or don’t qualify for. Whether you are searching for jobs in Manchester, England or Dallas, Texas, these few simple job seeking tips may help you get your foot in the door and into a job that you like before you know it.

Proofread Your Resume

Potential employers want to know that you can be organized and handle details. Nothing screams “I’m totes not detail oriented” like mistakes on a resume. Employers are not going to come knocking down your door if you misspell your own name or use 8 different kinds of bullets throughout your resume. And, since your resume is often the first impression that you leave with a potential employer, make sure to go over it several times to get it looking as pretty as possible. Better yet, have a friend or relative with a grammar stick lodged up their ass give it a second look before you send it on to potential employers.

Leverage Social Networking

Social networking can be a great tool to help you find a new job. Use your social networking contacts to help you search for jobs at their own companies. Social networking websites for professionals can be a great place to both network and search for jobs. Employers using these types of sites may actually seek you out! All you have to do is set up a great business profile for yourself. However, a word of caution is in order here. Do not point any potential (or current) employers to any of your social networking profiles that you don’t want them to see. Better yet, just keep your personal Facebook profile set to private. Employers may use these websites to screen out potential candidates. Remember, photos of you taking body shots off of your scantily clad friends on Spring Break are not likely to help you land your dream job!

Dress the Part

Whenever you drop off a resume or go to a job interview, make sure that you are dressing the part of the job. If the job you are interviewing for requires a suit, make sure that you are wearing a suit each time they see you. Not only does this create a professional image of you in your potential employer’s mind, it also let’s them know that you already own the clothes needed for the job. When it comes to clothing, you should always err on the conservative side. Ladies, that means no flip-flops, uber tight mini skirts, or shirts that show off the “3 B’s” (back, boobs, and belly button). At the club, they may catch the eye of Devin McDroolsalot, but potential employers and clients may not be as amused. Guys, you probably want to shave, actually iron your slacks and shirt, and polish your scuffed up old shoes. If you want to be viewed as a professional, you have to look the part.

Know Who is Hiring

In their personal lives, nobody likes online creepers. In business, it is expected. You need to go online and scope out who is going to potentially hire you. Find out about what the company does. Know about any upcoming projects that the company is taking on. Then, use that information to ask questions and impress the people who are interviewing you. Always remember that everybody loves to talk about themselves and their business. Let them. By encouraging them to talk about themselves, you will be well on your way to getting them to like you. If you begin the interview by being genuinely interested in your potential employer, when it is your turn to talk, they will already feel comfortable with you and be genuinely interested in what you have to say.

Be Nice

This tip seems pretty obvious, right? Well, unfortunately it isn’t. You need to be nice to every single person working at the company that you come into contact with. Whether it is the CEO or the cleaning crew, you should treat everybody with kindness and respect. Often times, those in charge of hiring will actually ask the other employees what they thought of you. Always remember that the receptionist has the first wastebasket and can easily toss your resume right in the trash. Nobody wants to work with a jerk. Besides that, being nice is just part of being a decent human being.

If you follow these job seeking tips, you will be well on your way to finding the career of your dreams! Good luck and let us know about your best job seeking tips in the comments below!

 

About Greg

Greg Johnson is a proud husband, father, and debt crusader who believes in living life now while saving for the future. He is the co-founder of the personal finance website Club Thrifty, where he brings the awesome sauce each and every day.

Comments

  1. Hi Greg,
    I do recruiting for my company and my biggest pet peeve are resumes that are more than one page. Unless you’re a high level executive one page is sufficient, especially for entry level jobs. Don’t put every job you’ve ever had, it shows you’re not paying attention to the job description.

    • Great point, Charles! You mean, they don’t want to know that I worked at Subway when I was 16?

    • That’s a good tip unless you want to work for the government. If you’re applying for a federal job, a resume with bullets containing job tasks with key words is critical. I have a two page resume and the reason that I’ve gotten promoted is because the HR reviewer can’t tell me I’m not qualified because something isn’t listed.

  2. Greg, expanding a bit on your point about social networking, I’ve pre-screened out several job applicants before, based solely on their Facebook profiles. Even if you’re not friends per se, you might still be part of the same school or city network so your information isn’t private.

    One applicant was complaining about his previous employer on his profile long before leaving them, which I didn’t enjoy seeing. Good post!

  3. Great tips Greg! Proofreading is something which is very important as your resume represents you in front of the recruiters. Have a great weekend ahead

  4. Good advice Greg. And congrats on finding a new job so quickly! I couldn’t agree more with finding out as much about the company as you can beforehand. Nothing impresses a potential employer more than a thought and relevant question or a good idea on how you can immediately help the company do something better.

  5. Nice tips here Greg! Networking is huge deal. Most jobs come from people you already know. That’s how my wife landed her new job in the accounting world. A friend knew she wanted to change careers and offered her a position.

  6. Great tips Greg! I can’t think of a worse feeling than sending your resume off to multiple open positions only to find out that you had a blatant grammatical error. Proofread, then proofread again. Then have someone else proofread it. And another! At least that’s the approach I take when it comes to resumes.

  7. These are all great tips! I know of so many people who graduate from college and think they will get any job that they apply for without being prepared at all. Wrong!

  8. Great tips Greg! Proofreading your resume is a big one as if you can’t get that right, why would someone want to hire you? I always had my wife check it over and I’d read it aloud to make sure I had everything correct.

  9. PDF your resume! Just as important as proofing it!
    It’s so annoying to get a word document sent to your email, then go to print it out and find that it prints all funny because the creator inevitably used a font I didn’t have on my computer or messed with margins or various defaults. I know I’m not seeing the applicant’s best efforts, but I’m not going to waste my time following up on it. Your resume gets trashed usually.

  10. I would add not to give too much information. I don’t need to know more about your personal life after and interview that I do about my best friends.

  11. Being self-employed, I haven’t had to look for a job for the past twenty years.

    If I did have to do so, I would be screwed! My resume would have large gaps of relative inactivity. I threw out all my suits and ties years ago and at 52 years of age, I doubt a company would be gun-ho on hiring me.

    Plus…I just wouldn’t do it! I would find some way to work on my own. I am always grateful that I am not in the position to have to find a job!

    All that to say, thanks for the tips Greg :)

    Take care and enjoy the weekend!!

    Lyle

  12. I am not involved in the hiring at my work but I do see them come in to drop resumes off and have the first informal interview and the HR people are constantly shocked by the applicants. A woman came to apply for a part-time position last week and brought her husband. He didn’t wait in the car. He came in and sat in the office while she went in to the little conference room.

    Another woman parked in one of the designated handicapped spots to run in and drop her resume off. A manager saw her and told HR to shred her resume.

    Those were just last week.

  13. Proofreading your resume is a must…spelling and grammatical errors are a big no no. I think it is good to have a specific coverletter focused on the position, not a generic one that you send to everyone. And definitely use social networking tools…LinkedIn is a great tool.

  14. In college, I took part in a resume critique workshop. One resume I came across included the person’s social security number! Obviously a bad idea and it’s a bad sign to give to the employer. So I definitely agree on proofreading your resume and getting someone to look over it for you as well.

  15. Lots of people have spelling errors on their resume but the only way HR makes it to the resume is through the well thought out cover letter. Without a cover letter that wows most often the resume gets filed.

  16. Solid tips! Another tip that people don’t often consider is to put your best selling point at the top of the resume. You need to give the recruiter a reason to keep reading.

  17. The last tip is a great one. I think my last job was at least partially landed since I built a good relationship early on with the admin who was scheduling my interview & travel arrangements. I’m sure she put in a good word with the hiring leaders, as she was the admin for each of them.

  18. LOL at resume mistakes on my own… I once forgot to exchange the organization I was applying for out of my cover letter for a separate company… BIG OOPs. I realized this immediately after I emailed it so it was too late. The lady still brought me in for an interview for God knows why, until I realized she probably did that so she could comment on my cover letter, as she did finally at the end. I ended up getting a better job a few months later so it worked out in the end but I learned my lesson to proofread!!!

    I would also add the importance of a cover letter– at least in my profession (non profit fundraising) you can bullet point all you like on a resume but being able to write out thoroughly how your work experience can apply to the new position (take job tasks to write about from the posted job description) it really shows you paid attention to the job posting and can on paper at least relate what you have done to the required tasks for the next job.

  19. Good points! I would dd researching the company so you can ask questions and talk about the company as though you are a serious candidate.

  20. It is correct to know first your prospects company. Based on my experience, I always check the name of the company in the internet. What is the nature of management, who are in the top management, what services/products the can offer. It is better to check the background of the company, sometimes the interviewer will ask “what do you know about our company” At least at this time you can answer this kind of this question.

  21. I try to employ all of these methods to get a job when I find one that I really want. They key here is only going for jobs that you really, really want. If you use your network and perfect your resume for jobs you aren’t sure about, you’ll burn out and exhaust your resources.

  22. As a recruiter, I second all of these tips! Great advice!

  23. Proofreading your resume it important, but tailoring it to the job (and not just listing duties) is even more so important. It’s also so true that you must be nice. It’s not obvious to some.

  24. Nearly every job I’ve seen someone land recently has been because of a personal connection to someone “in the know.” No doubt this can be expressed under the umbrella of “social networking,” but those very personal networks developed over the years, especially if you’ve been reliable in other capacities, sure do help!

  25. Grammatical errors are inexcusable. You have plenty of time to iron out your resume. Speaking of that, as a current job seeker, let me go proof read mine again for the millionth time.
    Networking is very important. I have seen people get referrals from friends and even instructors from college.

  26. Good advice. In this economy, I think networking is more important than ever.

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