First Impression is always the most important thing as its lasts for long. Looking, speaking and acting professionally help to make a terrific first impression.
Create A LinkedIn Profile
No matter if you’re a current student or graduate or a high flying executive, a professionally written LinkedIn profile can help open up doors to opportunities and networks.
Be Found: Different companies are now using social networking such as LinkedIn when it comes to hiring or headhunting new talent. A good example is seen within the ultra-competitive credit card industry, where companies who often try to poach talented staff from their competition and the easiest place to find these people are via LinkedIn. Even if you’re not actively seeking a new job, just by having an account could change your career.
Network: The benefits of LinkedIn are almost endless with no downside to having a LinkedIn profile. Get involved in forums, join groups and meet like-minded individuals like yourself. Best of all LinkedIn is totally free. Job seeking is a tough business and applying for online jobs each and every day is a job in itself! From a job seeker’s perspective, LinkedIn is another tool that you can use to help get ahead when searching for a new job.
Don’t forget one important aspect. having an incomplete or unprofessional LinkedIn profile can actually have a detrimental effect and portray a negative impression of being lazy or having a lack of attention to detail. If you choose to create a LinkedIn profile (which I suggest) prepare it properly and utilize everything that LinkedIn has to offer.
Update your resume frequently:
It’s important to update your resume regularly, whether you’ve posted it on a company site or commercial job board. Today’s applicant tracking systems allow employers to search for the newest resumes or those posted within a certain job search window. The sad truth is, if you fail to update your resume often, many employers will simply skip it and move on to the next candidate. After each new project, update your resume while details are fresh in your mind, and it’s easy to explain what you accomplished or learned.
These days, faced with an avalanche of resumes, recruiters typically take their first pass at resumes that are no older than 6 weeks.
It’s important to keep you resume as fresh and current as possible.
Evaluate Job Offers
Explore your passion, identify a new direction, and take action to create a career that leaves you energized and excited. Before you accept, be sure to carefully evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this important decision. You should thoughtfully weigh such important factors as the job content, your supervisor, training, advancement prestige, salary, location, and benefits.
Periodically attend these events even when you are not necessarily looking for a job to see what opportunities are out there, and to gain a perspective on where you fit in the job marketplace.
Don’t be afraid to follow-up. After distributing your resume, it is perfectly acceptable and recommended that you follow-up with a phone call if the employer has not contacted you within a reasonable amount of time. Be sure your voice mail sounds professional. Your goal in this phone conversation is to convince them to schedule you for an interview.
Stay On Top of the News
Be aware of the lastest business news in your community or the city where you want to work. Read local business journals to find out who’s on top in your industry. Review the Business section of your local newspaper, as well. These resources will give you a sense of which employers are “hot” as well as often contact information to send your resume.
One of the most useful things is to keep track of everything you do. You should use a simple spreadsheet, like Excel. And you keep a track of everything you do. Such as all the information from any job sites that you join, the username and password you created, what type of job site is it - freelance or regular or specialty etc.
Say Thank You
Try to send your thank-you note within 24-48 hours of your interview or meeting. The note may be handwritten on a small, professional, thank-you note card (if you have extremely neat handwriting and only a brief message to convey), word-processed, or emailed.
Develop Your Resume and Cover Letter
Write it until it’s right. Think, write, think some more, rewrite, proofread, get feedback and rewrite. These are your most important job search documents so spend some quality time making them persuasive marketing tools. Be sure your resume and cover letter are tailored to a specific person and job. Contact your references and inform them of your career plans.
Don’t Give Up
Last, but not least, don’t give up. Job searching is never easy and it’s even harder when the job market is difficult. Keep plugging away at your job search and eventually, though it may take more time that you expected, the right position will come along.