How to Find a New Job
Finding a new job or career can be tough, but there are some tried and true strategies that will help you find your next opportunity. Here are some of the best ways to search for jobs, how to make yourself more marketable in today’s marketplace, and what steps to take when you land an interview.
Job Search Tips:
- Start by doing your research. Figure out what companies or industries you want to work in, and target your job search accordingly.
- Use a variety of resources when looking for jobs, including job boards, company websites, networking events, and LinkedIn.
- Make your resume stand out by highlighting your skills and experience. Be sure to tailor it to the specific position you’re applying for.
- Prepare for interviews by practicing common questions and dressing for success. Stay positive and confident throughout the process.
Making Yourself Marketable:
- Update your skillset regularly so that you’re always learning new things. Technology changes rapidly, so make sure you’re keeping up with the latest trends.
- Be proactive! Use your network to find out about job opportunities before they’re posted.
- Start a personal website or blog, join professional associations in your industry, and participate on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. These are great ways to make yourself visible within the community.
- Attend career fairs, conferences, networking events – anything that will help you meet people who work at places you’d be interested in working for. You never know where it might lead!
- Prepare answers to common interview questions ahead of time so that you aren’t caught off guard when you get asked something specific during an interview. Here are some common questions you may be asked:
- Tell me about yourself
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you interested in this position?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Can you give me an example of a time when you worked on a team?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Do you have any questions for me?
- Arrive at least 15 minutes early for every interview. Being late for an interview is a big no-no and will not start you off on the right foot.
- Dress the part. An unprofessional appearance can leave a poor impression, so make sure you dress appropriately. Do your research on the company and what is appropriate attire. For men, this might mean nice slacks and a button-up shirt or khakis and a polo. Women might opt to wear formal business attire or something more casual like pants and a blouse with heels. Additionally, make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free.
After the Interview:
- Writing a thank you note is always a good idea. If you interviewed with multiple people, you want to make sure you write to every person you encountered during your interview. Nowadays, you can do this with a handwritten note or an email. (If you want to stand out – handwritten may be the way to go!)
- Be sure to follow up if you need to. If it’s past the time when you expected to hear about being hired for the position, drop an email to check on the status – especially if it’s a job you want.
There’s no surefire way to find the perfect job, but it can be done if you stay positive and remain patient. Take every opportunity that comes your way and spend time preparing. Your hard work is bound to pay off with a job that is right for you!