Rarely does a day pass that an email or call doesn’t come from someone who has lost a job.
We know times are tough when companies are doing layoffs in large numbers.
NBC cut 500 jobs last week. Washington Mutual dropped 9,000 positions.
It can happen to any of us at any time.
Email and internet are the way many people will connect with future employers. But how they write and what they say about themsleves makes many sound amaturish and uninteresting.
If you are searching take time to get professional advice about your cover letter and resume. Often the cover letter sent via email is enough to chase away any potential employers.
You must be smart about it.
I like informality but not from someone I don’t know who is seeking a position.
It is amazing how often people don’t read ads for open positions carefully. They then wind up applying for something completely different than advertised. A waste of time for everyone.
Here are some thoughts that I hope will help with your job search.
- First, network like crazy!! Pick up the phone and talk to people. One call could lead you to a possible job opportunity.
- Finding a job is full-time work. Get up early, plan your day and take it on like you are being paid to find a job.
- Don’t be shy, ask for help. Have people read your resume and cover letter. Get advice from people who have been through it.
- Don’t send two or three line emails expecting a potential employer to respond. That approach gets you ‘file 13’.
- Talk about your strengths and have a written list handy to keep you focused.
- Make a list of your interests. It’s possible your next job will be in a different field, what things are you doing in your free time that you could turn into a job?
- Your first goal is to get the interview. The job comes later.
- Prepare yourself for the interview.
- Dress professionally. I might be wearing a golf shirt and jeans when interviewing you, but you’d better look like you want the job.
- Have solid references lined up and make sure you’ve talked to them to get their permission.
- The company that turned you out might have a program to help you with many of these things. Find out what is available from your HR department.
- And I stress one more time, job hunting is a full-time job. Don’t expect to find something quickly or great by working at it two hours a day.