Let’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.
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!