10 Tips for a Successful Job Search
by: Cathy Severson, MS
Create a support system for yourself emotionally and for your
job search. Identify allies that you can count on. Know some will
have strengths in one area, but weaknesses in another. Recognize
different people will play different roles in your job search.
Maintain a positive attitude. Inevitably, negative feelings can
sabotage your job search. If you have anger about your former
employer, work through it. Negative emotions will undermine your
best efforts. Keep yourself renewed and enthusiastic throughout
Network. The number one way of getting a job is through networking.
Even if you are involved in the computer industry, less than 10%
of jobs are obtained through the Internet. Devote energy to making
real, valuable connections with people.
Develop a schedule and goals. Getting a job is of course the
ultimate goal, but it is impossible to predict when you will achieve
it. Develop daily and weekly schedules of job search activities
you can control. For example, send out 10 resumes, research 5
companies and call 10 people in your network. This will keep you
on track, and focused.
Know what you want. People need to work for money and benefits.
But remember other components are necessary for you to feel satisfied
in the workplace. Know what motivates and satisfies you. Know
which environment you're most productive in. Know what you can
compromise on and what you won't.
Always have a "Plan B". The best time to accelerate
your job search is when you've just had the greatest interview
of your life. You're feeling confident, enthusiastic and competent.
This is the time to expand your networking, follow-up on contacts
and schedule new interviews. Remember, even the most promising
prospect can backfire.
Take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Exercise and eating right can't go wrong-they are proven to enhance
quality of life. Celebrate your creativity and find ways to engage
your mind, body and spirit.
Research companies before the interview. Find out about the company
through your local library and Internet. Request an annual financial
report and promotional information from the company. Ninety percent
of the other job seekers don't do their homework, be the one that
Know what you have to offer. Identify your relevant skills and
accomplishments. Know the unique contributions you offered former
employers. Be able to articulate your strengths on your resume
and in the interview.
Think outside the box during your job search. Look for unexpected
opportunities; explore untapped skills and interests. Open yourself
About the Author
Cathy Severson, MS is a career counselor and a career coach.
She helps adults find both success and fulfillment in their work
by incorporating a simple three-step strategy. Contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her website at www.passporttopurpose.com