If you’re looking for a job, you know it can a full-time job in itself. It can also be pretty demoralizing and downright depressing. There are some things you can do to maximize your chances of success though. Read on to learn more.
A successful job hunt starts with your resume. Polish it, polish it, and then polish it again. Make sure it highlights your accomplishments and experiences, and use active rather than passive language. Use a professional font and try to keep it to no more than two pages.
Since most jobs are applied to online, your email address matters too. It doesn’t matter how great your resume is, if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, you’re not going to make a very good impression. Make sure the address on your resume is professional, and if you apply via email, keep it simple. No stationary, unusual fonts or multiple colors. Doing those things will get you noticed but not for the right reasons.
It’s estimated that the average online job ad gets over 500 responses. Obviously hiring managers really don’t want to go through them all, so they’ll generally grab the first couple of dozen and and make their decision from that. That means you have to respond to any ad you see quickly, and with a cover letter that makes you stand out from the crowd. You’re basically trying to sell yourself, so make sure your cover letter talks about what you feel you could offer the company and why you are the best choice. Avoid the temptation to create a generic cover letter where you just have to change the personalization. It might save you time but it’s a sure way to be lost in the crowd. Hiring managers know boiler plate cover letters when they see them and it’s a big turn off.
If your education or lack thereof seems to be holding you back, don’t hesitate to do something about it. You can take classes online so that it doesn’t interfere with a job, and employers like candidates who are proactive and eager to learn. Check out https://www.onlinemba.mason.wm.edu/ to get started. Just make sure whatever program you choose is accredited.
Finally, if you are granted an interview, dress professionally and be well-groomed. Research the company ahead of time to familiarize yourself with them. Be prepared to answer questions thoughtfully and above all, always be polite but honest. If you’re asked why you left a previous job or to describe a bad situation at work and how you handled it, again, be honest but put a positive spin on it to highlight your problem solving skills and how well you deal with pressure. Never ever badmouth a previous job or boss!