Knowing what to do and what not to do during your job search
enables the job seeker to have some advantages over other uniformed
jobseekers on the market. Furthermore, a well-informed job hunter
it is under much less stress, which makes the task that much easier
in of itself. Check out these ten tips while out on the job
Job Search Tip #1 - Don't bother with a
cover letter since employers rarely read these anymore. Don't kid
yourself. Unless the employer says that a cover letter is not
required or specifically states not to send one you should always
compose one that targets the position you are looking at.
Job Search Tip #2 - Lowering salary
requirements makes a candidate more attractive. Unfortunately,
this is a common misconception when it comes to landing a job
interview. Doing this signals desparation to the potential
employer. That's bad news. Enough said.
Job Search Tip #3 - The only time to
schedule an interview is between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday
through Friday. Granted the majority of all job interviews
happen during such time; however, if the potential employer is
particularly attracted to a candidate they are more likely to be
flexible in interviewing especially if they know the candidate is
Job Search Tip #4 - Keep posting and
sending cover letters and resumes and eventually interviews will
happen. That is a passive job search strategy and does not
work, unless you are targeting the tightest of job markets.
Instead, get in front of people that can help.
Job Search Tip #5 - Be sure to list past
employment progress and responsibilities. Although this is
fairly important, that prospective employer is more concerned about
the skills relevant to the position applied. Studies have proven
that an employer spends 20 seconds or less looking at a person's
resume. Therefore, focus on what is important, namely, the skills
matching the job description.
Job Search Tip #6 - The majority of jobs
available are usually listed in the newspaper's classified ad
section. Far from the truth. Generally speaking, only about
15% to 20% of all available jobs are ever listed in print and that
number continues to decline as more job openings are posted online.
Conversely, the largest percentage of available jobs are in the
hidden job market. The best way to discover these jobs is by
Job Search Tip #7 - Posting to several job
boards increases interview prospects. Unfortunately there is
no magical formula that will guarantee "x" number of job
interviews. Typically, job hunting success involves several
parallel efforts versus just one medium such as job boards. With
that being said, using several job boards does expand reach. Think
about it...each job board has a market share, assuming the market
share doesn't overlap with other boards, a given candidates
exposure is the cumulative reach of the combined job sites.
Therefore, minimize or eliminate the boards with overlapping market
share. Looking into a job site's affiliations can help reveal
potential overlapping market share.
Job Search Tip #8 - Employers have the
tendency to frown upon "job hoppers." The notion of employers
shying away from people who have had numerous jobs over a short
period of time is almost non-existent anymore(although dependent
upon the specific industry and employer). However, whenever
possible, stick with a job at least a year before moving on to the
next. Otherwise, be prepared to explain short tenures in a way the
potential employer can understand.
Job Search Tip #9 - In a word
--distribution-- Spread yourself around. Don't overly rely on
any one channel. Some of these new waves of connecting are simply
fads that don't provide much value. Still it is not a good idea to
disregard them. Instead, make social networking apart of job search
activities just like job boards and going to traditional
Job Search Tip #10 - Recognize when the
writing is on the wall. The longer it takes to get a job the
longer it will take to get a job. A some point it is necessary to
stop the bleeding. Try a slightly different angle in the same
field, opt for volunteer work or maybe consider short term intern
positions just to prove yourself in front of other people.
Author: Eliese Taylor