With the new year upon us, it’s time to think about making changes. Susan Biagi guest blogs for us this week with a timely post featuring 20 Quick and Easy Job Search Tips.
We at Career Link wish you much success in 2012, and hope you will take advantage of our many services, including free workshops and career counselling to help make your employment dreams a reality. Drop by for the scoop on what’s new for 2012 – training programs and funding, new workshops and computer classes are starting soon!
20 Quick and Easy Job Search Tips
By Susan Biagi
The following are some things you can do right now to jumpstart your job search.
- Make sure your résumé is targeted to the job you’re seeking. If you’re looking for a job as a Caregiver, avoid emphasizing your previous career in cooking.
- Ask friends in your field to provide feedback on your résumé. Ask a friend who has good spelling and grammar skills to proofread it for you.
- Don’t limit your job hunting to the classified ads. People who go through the phone book and systematically call or visit employers will usually find work.
- When telephoning, get dressed to the shoes, smile when you speak, and stand up straight. Enthusiasm and energy come across over the phone.
- Don’t limit your search to large, visible companies. Small, out-of-the way companies also have openings.
- When visiting employers, leave friends, children, or parents at home. A badly behaved child can scuttle a job search.
- Compile a list of 25 target employers. Study each company’s website or google the employer’s name. Use this information to help build a better résumé or cover letter.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before embarking on a job hunt. If you have a cold or are feeling unwell, leave it for another day. Employers are leery about hiring people who aren’t in good health.
- Learn to shake hands properly. Many employers are turned off by “cold fish” handshakes.
- Practise making eye contact. If this is difficult for you, look at the spot just above the eyes, in the middle of the forehead. The employer can’t tell you’re not looking directly into the eyes.
- Employers prefer to hire people who look as though they fit in. Study what the employees are wearing and dress the way they do.
- Make sure that your hands and shoes are neat and clean. Employers will often focus on small details such as these.
- Prepare a short “commercial” you can use when telephoning or visiting. For example, “I’m an Office Manager with 12 years experience in the field. I’m fully skilled in the use of Microsoft Office and various accounting programs. I’d like to send you my résumé and speak with you about my background and experience. When would be a good time?”
- If you’re having trouble contacting the employer directly, try leaving your “commercial” after hours on the employer’s voice mail. Immediately follow up with an email, with your résumé attached.
- Have your early morning coffee at cafés that are popular with local employers. This is especially important for construction workers. Dress in work clothes, and try to make a good impression. Tell people you’re looking for work.
- Learn to use Internet job banks, as more and more employers are advertising this way. Our Career Link workshops will help you master this skill.
- Shop at stores or eat in restaurants where you hope to work. Get to know the staff. Analyze the employer’s needs.
- Volunteer for short-term projects. You’ll meet a lot of important contacts and acquire needed skills. Volunteer Powell River (http://www.volunteerpowellriver.com/ops.htm) has plenty of short-term opportunities you can apply for online.
- Avoid posting compromising pictures or comments on a Facebook page or other social media. Employers consult these sites when researching job candidates.
- Never give up. There’s a job out there for you.
Jobseekers who require help putting these tips into practice are invited to book some one-on-one time with a Career Link employment consultant, or attend a workshop. Call us at 604.485.7958. It’s easy and it’s free!