5-Step Job Hunting
by Don Goodman,
President About Jobs
The economy is picking up, budgets are new, positions are open and
companies are hiring. Now is the time to rev up your job search
efforts. Use these tips to dramatically improve your results.
Get on the job boards and make sure you setup search agents so you
get a daily e-mail whenever a new job is posted that meets your
criteria. Look for niche boards that focus on your profession.
Make sure your resume is great. If your resume has been posted for
a while and you have not been getting calls, then run, dont
walk, to a professional resume writing service. This is one of the
best hiring times of the year and an investment of a couple of hundred
dollars to have a resume that gets you noticed is well worth it.
Identify companies that you like and focus on opportunities with
them. When you find one, see if you can find the name of the hiring
manager. Then, after researching the company, call the manager and
say something like, A friend told me you might be looking
for a XYZ. I have over 8 years in XYZ and have been very successful
with such companies as (NAMEDROP). Then, and this is important,
ask him intelligent probing questions that demonstrate your knowledge.
By building some rapport with the hiring manager, you will be on
the top of his mind when he is looking at resumes.
Network, network, network. Ask people you know who they know and
get 2 names from each of them. Dont make it sound like you
will be bugging people to help you get a job, but position your
contact as a discussion to get sound advice. Join organizations
and meet as many new people as you can. Have personal business cards
made up that tell people in a nutshell what you offer.
Find small and medium sized firms youd like to work for. Most
of the hiring is done by these firms and they usually dont
advertise prominently. That means you will have far less competition.
Go to the library and look at reference books to find companies
that interest you. Then craft a good cover letter showing you know
something about them and how you might be able to help. Follow up
with a telephone call and ask for an interview. If they are not
hiring, ask for names of people who are (network, network, network).
To get a job today, you need to be aggressive and creative. Follow
these steps and your efforts will be well rewarded.
About the Author
Don Goodman is a nationally known career expert and President of
About Jobs (www.gotthejob.com) a Resume Writing and Job Search Assistance
firm. Contact him at 800-909-0109 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.