Job searching can be a frustrating and time consuming process. However, finding a job today does not need to be as difficult as it once was. Here we’ll talk about the do’s and don’ts of job searching in today’s competitive job market, and give you some tips to maximize your chances of landing the perfect job for you.
Do tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job. This is called networking. You never know who might know of a position that is perfect for you. (The exception to this is, don’t tell your co-workers if you are currently employed and don’t want your current employer to know you are looking for a new job. Use your discretion.)
Do learn how to write a winning resume. There are many books on the subject, or you can utilize our section on resume writing for additional information. Alternatively, you can hire a professional resume writer to make sure you have a resume that is sure to get you an interview.
Do investigate online job sites where you can post your resume. These sites are viewed by hundreds of companies looking for employees. You can post your resume anonymously if you are still employed and are concerned that your present employer might see it. (See below for a list of the most popular resume posting sites)
Do utilize executive recruiters. They often have access to unadvertised positions.
Do job searching online as well as in your local newspaper. Many jobs are listed online that don’t appear in the paper. Finding a job online is more convenient, as well.
Do learn proper interviewing skills. There are books on this subject, and we have a section on it. You can practice interviewing with a friend. That way you won’t be as nervous during the real interview.
Do send a thank you letter after the interview.
Do understand that finding a job takes time and effort, and you must be willing to put both into your job search.
Don’t be afraid to apply for a job even if you aren’t sure if you’re qualified. If in doubt, go ahead and send your resume. The worst that can happen is you won’t get a call for an interview. (Posting your resume online eliminates this concern. Employers will only contact you if they feel you are qualified for the position.)
Don’t be afraid to try finding a job outside your field or to try something new.
Don’t limit your job searching to your local newspaper. Looking in papers from nearby towns and online will increase your chances of finding a job.
Don’t go unprepared to an interview. Do your homework. Learn a little about the company before you go. Be prepared to ask questions about the company and about the position for which you are applying. You want to appear interested in the job.
Don’t get discouraged if finding a job, especially the perfect job for you, takes time. It can be scary to be out of work, but try to be patient. The best scenario is to begin job searching while you’re still employed, if possible.
There are several online sites where you can look for jobs and also post your resume. Many employers use these sites to look for potential employees. Posting your resume there saves you the time and trouble of searching for jobs to apply for because employers look for you. You can post your resume anonymously, so if you are currently employed your employer will not see that you are looking for a new job. The best sites to post your resume on are
Monster and Careerbuilder.
These are the sites that 99% of hiring companies use. You can follow the link to post your resume.