With unemployment still at a record high, it’s helpful to know what you need to do to land that next position. Whether you are recently unemployed or have been searching for awhile, you should know what steps to take so that you don’t find yourself spinning your wheels in terms of your job search.
Here are seven simple steps to finding a job even in the midst of a competitive job market:
1) Map out a realistic job search plan. No doubt you have heard the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Don’t fail at your job search. Identify the different job search methods that you will use and schedule your job search activities on a daily basis so that you will stay on task.
2) Talk to real people. Simply applying for jobs online is an easy trap to fall into. But networking has been proven to be the most effective job search method. Go to networking meetings and professional association meetings. Meet people and let them get to know you and what you have to offer.
3) Have your resume professionally written. In today’s highly competitive job market, it is worth it to have your resume professionally written. Choose a certified professional resume writer with good references so that you can present yourself effectively on paper to potential employers.
4) Polish your interview skills. If you have not had an interview since before the recession began, it is to your advantage to practice interviewing before you go to a real interview where the stakes are high. You can practice with a friend or with a career professional. Make sure to review commonly asked questions as well as questions that are specific to your field of expertise.
5) Know what you’re worth. Do your salary research. Salary.com and Payscale.com are good places to start. Also, make sure to check salary surveys done by professional associations. You can find out which associations are linked to your field by checking out the association search engine at the American Society for Association Executives’ website (http://www.asaecenter.org/Directories/AssociationSearch.cfm).
6) Create a top-notch LinkedIn profile. As you network on LinkedIn, other LinkedIn members will automatically go to your profile before they connect with you. Hiring managers and recruiters will be reviewing your profile to see if you have the skills that they are looking for. Since your profile is such a vital piece of the job search puzzle, your profile needs to represent you well.
7) Replenish your energy. Even though you definitely need to spend time on your job search, you also need to have fun. Reward yourself by doing things that you enjoy. Perhaps you like to go hiking or go on a picnic. Including recreational activities in your routine can help to revitalize you so that you can keep working at your job search.
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