The job search is an infamously tedious process. Often times potential employees take the first job that accepts their application because they have become desperate.This action could cause you to lose out on a great opportunity.
During my last period of unemployment, I held out for the job I wanted. Although the job did not work out in the long run, I got the job I wanted. I had turned down many others along the way. I understand that bills have to be paid and sacrifices must be made. However, if you’re in a position where you have time to seek a better opportunity, take the chance.
Before heading to the nearest fast food joint and asking for an application, work on your end of the deal. Type out a resume. Be sure to include a personal touch that will make you stand out in the minds of employers. On my own documents, I included a paragraph about skill obtained and learned from each previous employer and how this would translate well to another job.
If you’ve stayed in the good graces of a previous employer or co-worker, a reference letter always looks great. This is seen as a past employer recognizing your potential and work ethic so much as to recommend you to another employer.
Take a bit to think about what you truly want out of your next job. Benefits, pay, experience and preference should be taken into consideration. Perhaps you’ll find you have interest in working in a library or bookstore instead of flipping burgers. It seems like a simple step but often times, you do not truly know what you want until you really think about it.
If you’ve been lucky enough to get an interview, research the company first. Take the day before the interview to study the history of the company as well as employee reviews. I’ve impressed a manager with my knowledge of the company’s origins and been offered a job on-the-spot before. When you think about it, why would an employee care to hire someone who just needs a job and not someone who has taken time to learn about the company. This shows that you are passionate about this position and company.
A smile goes a long way. Employers want to see what the customer will see. They do not want to hire someone who slumps their shoulders, constantly stares at the floor and has a stone face. Keep your head up, shoulders back and a smile on your face.
If they say they will call you back in two days with a decision and it has been three days, call them. Be sure you speak to the person who interviewed you. Remind them of your continued interest in the position and thank them again for their time. Show the employer that you care about this position.
I’ve never failed to obtain the job I’ve wanted while using these steps. Job searching is stressful but finding the right job is a matter of calming down and examining the field. Good luck to anyone on the job hunt. Hopefully you can use these tips in your search.