Mar 13, 2011
Are you a recent graduate, just out of school? Are you looking for a career change? Have you recently been laid off and need to find a new job now? Regardless of your current employment situation, you can use these job hunting tips to help you put together a job search that will see you in your dream job in no time. You need to put together a job search plan. What kind of job do you want? Where do you want to work? What kind of work environment are you looking for? What is your salary range? What about a career path and opportunities for advancement? These are the types of things you need to know about yourself and your job search before you start sending out resumes.
You need to identify your skill set as part of your job search. The better you can match your skills to potential employment opportunities, the better chance you’ll have of landing the interview, and eventually the job. Not only do you need to identify your skills that an employer is looking for, you need to showcase your skills and sell the employer on them as well. You need to do this in your cover letter, your resume, the job interview, your follow up thank you letter, and any phone calls in between. These are your only opportunities to shine and let your potential employer know that they’d be crazy to offer anyone else the job but you.
A lot of people are uncomfortable with selling themselves. They don’t want to seem egotistical. While it’s true that you don’t want to come off as arrogant or condescending in your job search, resume or interview, remember that your employer needs to know that you are the right person. And no one is going to sell them on that fact if you don’t. You don’t have to sound like a know it all, but you do need to convey to your potential employer why you are the right person for the job.