10 Essentials Needed for a Successful Job Search

These 10 things will get you the job you want.

These 10 things will get you the job you want.

There is plenty of information about how to get a job.  But it all boils down to 10 things that are essential for finding the job you want.  You will see below what they are. 

  1. Growing  network—most jobs are obtained by networking.  Grow your network and stay in touch with your network.  It’s a reciprocal connection that you are building not “what’s in it for me” be willing to help wherever you can.
  2. Targeted resume and cover letter—have a basic resume that can be tweaked for each position for and the cover letter needs to be modified, as well.  Use keywords from the job description in both.
  3. Interview skills—prepare and practice for your interviews by learning as much about the company as you can; having interview clothes that you are comfortable in and make you look your best;  have p-a-r stories that show how you have done your job well; research interview questions for your position and practice answering them.
  4. Positive mindset—remain optimistic that something good is going to happen.  People shy away from people who are desperate.  They don’t want to risk their reputation on someone who has negativity written all over them.
  5. Volunteer—use your skills to assist another person or organization pro bono and it will fill the gap in your résumé.  It offers you an opportunity to meet people that may be able to help you.  The best thing is you will feel better about yourself.  There is a correlation between helping others and feel good.   
  6. Join a job search networking support group—you can expand your network, learn tips and tricks to boost your job search, get leads on jobs, and gain the emotional support along with the encouragement you need at this difficult time.
  7. Social media—LinkedIn will help you grow and keep track of your network and help you with research for interviews.  Many recruiters post job openings on Twitter.
  8. Be appreciative for any help you get—whether it’s thanking an interviewer or someone who have you a lead, express your appreciation for any help you get.  It is the best way to make sure you will continue receiving help. 
  9. Know what makes you unique—the hiring manager wants to hire the best person for the job.  Be able to articulate what unique skill, ability, or experience you bring to the job that no one else has.
  10. Take care of you—this is an extremely stressful time.  Your health is vital to your job search success.  It is essential that you eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get the rest you need.  If you have all the above but look sickly or depressed, you won’t get the job.

 It takes time and patience but with the right tools your job search will have the momentum it needs to keep you motivated and  on task.   By incorporating the above in your job search, you will be sitting at your new job before you know it.

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4 Comments to "10 Essentials Needed for a Successful Job Search"

  1. sam's Gravatar sam
    July 31, 2013 - 6:34 pm | Permalink

    One of the frustrations lie is when you have your network and have reciprocal connections but then unthinkably and illogically some connections never respond back even when you have never done anything wrong and have gone out of your way to connect and try to help. Also an issue is when you meet people at events and they say they will connect you with decisionmakers and pass your resume along but later when you contact them they never respond or follow up or when you have an interview at a place with a connection but nothing is done. Even with all tips mentioned and perseverance ahead what is something you suggest as I am losing faith and confidence in networking and even from the volunteering at an organization and still not getting a job from it? Thanks!

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    June 27, 2013 - 8:27 am | Permalink

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  3. Louise Edington's Gravatar Louise Edington
    June 26, 2013 - 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I am always thankful that I am not looking for a job. However, these tips will be usful for my husband, who is. Thank you

  4. Jennifer Sanders's Gravatar Jennifer Sanders
    June 26, 2013 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Dear Arlene,

    Thank-you for all your advice. I know this is an important topic for many people as more and more people are looking for jobs and the competition for jobs is so high. I hope this helps jobseekers to address as many of these as they can to give themselves the best chance of being successful.

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