Learn how to get hired for that deam job with these insider techniques to help you stand out and get the job.
It may be a difficult task but you can find the job you want, even in hard economic times. Follow these tips to spot opportunities,
get your foot in the door and distinguish yourself from the pack.
Rewrite your résumé for each job you apply to so your relevant qualifications jump out. Look for key words in the job description, and appropriately pepper your application with them. Wherever possible be specific—note relevant skills and turn your duties into particular accomplishments.
Check in with several Internet job boards each week to make sure you see as many listings as possible. In addition to Craigslist, Monster and CareerBuilder, look at aggregator sites like SimplyHired. Be sure to check local and industry specific sites.
If there aren’t listings that match your qualifications, many sites will allow you to post your résumé so employers can find
you when positions become available. Do this in addition to actively pursuing new openings.
Find out everything you can about a business, its products and services, and what skills will be most valued in the position
you want. If you know people at your target firm, ask them about what the company looks for in a new hire.
Talk to people at your yoga class, church, neighborhood playgroup, family gatherings—you never know when a friend or relative
is in a position to help you.
The more people you talk to about your goals, the greater your chance of scoring a lead.
Ask your chamber of commerce or search the list of career associations at CareerOverview. Then attend every meeting and event—these ready-made opportunities help build relationships with people on a similar career
Reach out to a manager in your field for a meeting. You can gain valuable insights and a new connection, just make sure you have done your research and are prepared to ask good questions about the company. Also, be able to articulate what kind of job you’re looking for in the future.
Never ask someone you’ve just met for a job. You’re after career advice and contacts, but you have to build trust and demonstrate
competence before anyone will give you a lead. Instead, try to find a way to be helpful that has nothing to do with your
Don’t let the lack of full-time positions deter your search. To get a feel for the firm, consider any internship, temporary or freelance opportunities. Most large companies tend to hire from within and you’ll have an advantage when a job is available. Or, try to volunteer in your field. Not only will you meet new people, you also will fill time gaps in your résumé.
Access helpful advice and coaching at careeronestop.org, the career center at your college (even if you didn’t graduate) and your local public library—most offer support, training and other job information. Also, use your family and friends as support. Need help? Try our tips to power through your job hunt.