Job Helpful Tips
The process of getting a job involves many aspects. Certainly you need
skills to do the work. But you will never get a chance to demonstrate those
skills unless you get the job.
The internet is a wonderful place to gather the background on job search
technique and application skills.
One of my favorite web sites for job seekers is Careers.org SOURCE
Here is some of the detail from their web site:
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Have you ever heard the phrase "looking for a job is a full-time job"?
Well, it can be and frequently is if done right. However, most people dedicate
more time to looking for that perfect gift for a loved one than to their own job
search. Then they wonder why they haven't found that "perfect" job.
Job searches for that "perfect" job often take 6-18 months. However,
factors that influence how long it may take include:
how many hours per week you invest
if you're using the most effective searching and marketing strategies
availability of the jobs you're looking for
geographic and other preferences
For example, unemployed jobseekers can spend 40-60 hours per week in a job
search. Employed jobseekers may be able to dedicate only 10 hours per week. If
all other aspects of their job search are the same, it could take the employed
jobseeker 4-6 times as long to complete the job search.
The following techniques, if applied to their fullest, can
improve your job search success.
STEP 1: CLARIFY YOUR JOB
A necessary part of a successful job search is to first explore yourself. Having
a clear understanding of your interests, values, skills, work style and work
environment preferences will help you to:
Identify career areas, specific positions, and environments that will best
reflect your attributes.
Understand and market your skills and strengths.
Develop your resume and prepare for interviews.
Clarify questions to ask and information to seek in the interviewing
process to determine if the position will meet your immediate and/or
Use the Matching
Careers to Self-Exploration section for online surveys and CDC resources
which will assist you in clarifying your interests, values, skills, and
personality and identifying careers and environments that best fit you.
STEP 2: RESEARCH CAREER
OPTIONS AND FOCUS CAREER GOALS
It is important to thoroughly research careers you are already considering as
well as new careers identified through self-exploration in step 1. Comprehensive
career research will help you to:
Identify additional careers and work environments that you were not
previously aware of.
Narrow down career options to focus your job search.
Determine skills and knowledge from your education and experiences that
are most relevant to highlight in your resume and in interviews.
Use the Researching
Careers & Majors section for online and CDC resources which will assist
you in researching careers and focusing your career goals.
STEP 3: DEVELOP RESUMES AND
PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS
Now that you have clarified what you want in a career and/or specific position,
researched and identified careers and work environments, and focused your job
search goals, it's time to market yourself. Well-written resumes and effective
interviews focus on what is most relevant to the employer about your education
and experiences. Dedicate time to developing a focused resume for each type of
position you apply for as well as practicing interviewing techniques. Don't wait
until you have scheduled interviews to begin to hone your skills.
Use the Resume
& Cover Letter Development section for guidelines, writing techniques,
Use the Interviewing
Techniques section for online and CDC resources on interviewing techniques,
styles, and questions.
STEP 4: IDENTIFY ADVERTISED
Surveys indicate that advertised openings represent at most 15-20% of all jobs
available. Even though these positions represent a small portion of
opportunities they are easiest to identify and therefore the most responded to
by jobseekers. While it is still worthwhile to pursue these openings, it is
recommended that you spend only 5-20% of your job search time focusing on them.
Use the Advertised
Job Openings section for information on online, UWM, and community resources
for identifying advertised full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer
STEP 5: IDENTIFY
UNADVERTISED POSITION OPENINGS
Experts state that up to 85% of jobs are never advertised. These unadvertised
positions are referred to as the "hidden" job market. Use the
following techniques to access these hidden jobs.
Direct application refers to the process of sending your resume and cover
letter to organizations or companies of interest without waiting for an
advertised job opening. To identify these organizations and locate appropriate
contact information utilize various types of directories. These include career
specific directories such as the Classified Directory of Wisconsin
Manufacturers and broader directories such as the yellow pages. You will also
want to consult directories that list directories such as the Directory of
Directories which can be found in public libraries. Be sure to ask the
librarian for additional suggestions.
Informational Interviewing and Networking
Informational interviewing and networking can be used to gain information
about locating jobs. Integrate into your job search the practice of asking
people for information about job leads and developing a web of people from
which to gather information about job opportunities. Some people you
informational interview and network with you may speak with only once, others
you will maintain long-term contact with. Informational interviewing and
networking should be done with friends, family, professionals, and others.
This is the most powerful technique to get that "perfect" job.
Use the Informational
Interviewing and Networking section for information on how to identify
people, make contact, and maintain a network.
Following up after making that initial contact with an organization is something
most jobseekers are reluctant to do. Many feel as if they are being a pest.
Actually the person who gets the job is frequently the one who makes two, three,
four, or more follow-up calls. If you feel uncomfortable calling back, you could
ask, "Is it okay if I call back in two weeks to check again?" This
persistence demonstrates your enthusiasm, interest, and professional skills.
STEP 7: MAINTAIN AN
An organizational record keeping system is a crucial aspect of the job search.
It will help you keep track of your network of contacts, dates and follow up
information, and job search goals.
Have a system to record and organize the following:
Names, dates, and times of informational interviews.
Job advertisements for jobs applied for.
Dates you applied for jobs and when to make follow up contact.
Names, dates, and times of job interviews.
Names of people to network with.
Dates of follow up contacts made.
Daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
Rewards you give yourself for reaching your goals.
A key point in creative job hunting is to understand that most jobs are never
advertised. One source put the figure of unadvertised jobs at 80%. Perhaps this
figure is rather high but it illustrates the point. So why is it that many jobs
are never advertised? Here are some of the reasons:
it costs money to advertise - perhaps £1,000 to put an advert in the
employers may get more applications than they can cope with - many adverts
attract hundreds of applicants
employers may have already received speculative CVs from suitable
applicants so that they can call these people for interview.
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