you are a first time job hunter, a recent grad looking for that
perfect entry position to match your new degree, or an experienced
person who has been downsized
or laid off and need to find the next rung in your career
ladder... the Internet is the place to look for work.
the best economic times, finding a new job can be a challenge.
When the economy takes a turn for the worse, experienced people
go back into the job pool which heats up competition for
the work that is out there. Getting interviews may be hard, but
landing a position is harder.
Some employers want new grads who
will work for less and others want more experienced people who
have a good work history. Not every trashed cover letter or blown
job interview is the applicant's fault, but if you intend to stand
out in the crowd... it's time to get your tools together.
Do The Homework
you send out a cover letter or post your resume online, take a little time to find out what is selling in this
market. If you wanted to sell a house, you'd look at market prices
and improvements that impress. An extra bathroom, new appliances, and
a new deck may all be items that improve your
chances of getting a buyer interested in your house.
In the job
market, you want to sell yourself. You want to impress with your
ability to fit into the work environment, get the job done right,
and contribute to the morale and profits of the company who hires
you. Every item in your resume and every word in your cover letter
should add to the image of you... as an asset to the job.
Cover Letters To Impress
letter to each position. Xeroxed introductory letters and
spam resumes do not impress. There are plenty of applications
for every position. You want the person who reads your cover letter
to think that you spent some time finding out about THIS job.
A generic letter addressed to "Dear Sir" will get trashed...
especially if the 'sir' reading your cover letter happens to be
a female. Find out who, or at least which department, will receive
your application and address that person, or at least the correct
department, in your letter.
Before The Interview
set out for a job
interview without preparing for the questions you will face. Dress
the part. Even the most laid back bosses have basic
expectations. Try to find out what those expectations are, and
go in prepared to meet or surpass them. Expect to face a few rejections
before you make a good match. Think of each interview as training
for the next one. Figure out what went wrong and work on making
it go right the next time.
Practice, practice, practice...
your interviewing skills takes practice. Start with applications for jobs that
you don't think you have a good chance to land. If you surprise yourself and get
you don't match what they're looking for, that's fine... you kind of expected
that! Try speaking to the person who interviewed you and ask for an honest appraisal
of your interview skills. Not everyone will be honest, but if you explain that
you want to learn from the experience, you just may get some top notch tips on
improving your image.
a few rounds of interviews you'll find yourself a bit more relaxed. Go for the
jobs you're sure you qualify for and put those improved skills to work impressing
the interviewers you meet.
sites are the top places on line to hook up with your future...
Line International - An international job board with positions at all
levels and German, French, Spanish and Portuguese versions in addition to the
English site. They also link to an immense library of additional job seeking resources.
Monster.com - One of the first online job boards, Monster has improved with
age. When they first started out, the jobs were basic entry level
openings, but now you can find just about any type of position.
Post your resume and you're on your way. (US)
Artist - Dreaming of living and working overseas can become a reality.
This site gathers job offerings and resources for Americans who want to work abroad.
They do have links to International newspapers where nationals of other countries
can check for job openings, but the focus is on US citizens who want to work in
other lands. (US)
Resource Specialties - Cyber-Sierra has thousands of conservation related
jobs. The top menu lists the categories and the rest of the entry page is dedicated
to motivating you and providing you with tools to help you land that elusive position.