Help Me Get a Job: 3 Tips to Land It in 2012

Can Anyone Help Me Get a Job?When you’re unemployed, it’s easy to fall into the trap of asking everyone you meet one favor: “Help me get a job.”

The truth, though, is that simply asking people for job search help isn’t enough today. In today’s highly competitive job market, you have to know how to find a job.

Fortunately, there are three tips that you can follow that will cut down on the amount of time it takes you to land a new job in 2012.

  1. Boost Your Networking Skills

Simply put, there is no better way to find a new job than by brushing up on your networking skills. This means contacting former co-workers and past bosses to tell them that you are looking for a new job. It means sending e-mail messages to past college professors asking if they know of any job opportunities. It means stopping by your local chamber of commerce’s business luncheons to exchange business cards with hiring managers and company executives in your area.

By networking with business leaders and workers in your community, you greatly increase your chances of landing interviews and finding out about new job openings before these positions hit the online job boards or newspaper classified sections. This greatly reduces the competition you’ll have to face to land any of these prized positions.

  1. Make Social Media Work for You

The best job search in 2012 will include social media. You need to use sites such as Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Facebook to instantly communicate with your friends, family members, and business network that you are looking to advance your career. By using these sites, you can network with hundreds of contacts, all through a few keystrokes.

You can also use these sites to connect with business executives at the firms at which you’d like to work. By following these people, you might gather important clues about the culture at the companies you are targeting.

  1. Craft a Resume That Stands Out

Hiring managers today often receive hundreds of resumes for every job application that they post online. If you want your resume to stand out, make sure it spells out not just where you’ve worked in the past, but what you’ve accomplished at these positions. Hiring managers today want to know how you can help their company. If you developed a marketing campaign that boosted sales or started an office-wide recycling program that saved your past company thousands of dollars each year in paper costs, mention these feats prominently on your resume.

If you’re tired of saying “Help me get a job” to everyone you meet, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our employment experts can give you the tips you need to cut your job search short.

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