Land a Great New Job
- Whitney Hopler Live It Editor
- 2001 12 Dec
Here are some ways you can effectively search for a new job:
- Pray and think about your natural talents, interests, and the skills you've developed so far in life. Ask God to show you how you can best contribute to the world using your unique mix of talents and interests. Ask God whether you should learn any new skills.
- Write down some job goals, stating what type of work you would like to do, where (specific geographic location) you would like to do it, in what capacity you would like to do it (what job responsibilities you would like), and which specific companies you would like to pursue.
- Take an inventory of your current abilities to meet your job goals. Write down your education, work experience, likes and dislikes, non-work experience (such as through volunteer work or hobbies), personal accomplishments and greatest attributes. Use this information to prepare for interviews and to update your resume.
- Network! Devote most of your time and energy to networking rather than to sending out resumes. As mere pieces of paper, resumes are impersonal and therefore easy for people to reject. You'll find the most success when you can get people to know you personally. Make a list of all the people you know in any way, then contact them to let them know you're looking for a new job. Ask them to help you by passing along information and job leads or even recommending you to someone at a particular company.
- Keep an ongoing record of all your networking contacts, listing how you think each person might be able to help you and the details of all the communication you have with each person throughout your job search. As time goes on, eliminate the names of people who aren't helping you and focus on those who are, while constantly looking for new people to support you. Keep your conversations with your networking contacts brief and focused to show that you respect their time. Be sure to thank each person for whatever help he or she can give you.
- Try to avoid working through personnel departments. Instead, directly contact the people with whom you hope to work at a particular company.
- Never respond to a want ad that doesn't list the name of the company or fully describe the job. And avoid employment agencies if you can - they're motivated to find you some type of job - any job - in order to fill their quotas, but it likely won't be the job that's best for you.
- Consider doing temporary work while you search for a new job. Temporary work can help you develop your skills, network more effectively and bring in a paycheck during your job hunt. It also sometimes leads to a permanent job position.
- Obtain as much information as possible on the companies for which you hope to work. Contact their public relations departments, visit their Web sites, or research them through the reference department of your local library. The more knowledge of each company you can bring to your interviews, the better.
- Ask questions. Whenever you're talking to your networking contacts or people with whom you hope to work, ask questions to build relationships and develop a strong understanding of how you could best contribute in a new job.
Adapted from The Quick Job Hunt Guide: A Sure Way to Land that Job! by Robert D. Siedle, copyright 1991 by Starburst, Inc. Published by Starburst Publishers, Lancaster, Penn., www.starburstpublishers.com, 1-800-441-1456.
Robert D. Siedle conducts seminars called Guerilla Job Hunting Tactics.
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