You know where to search for jobs. Youâ€™ve mastered the art of finding the best online job listings in your field. Youâ€™ve networked with your former bosses, co-workers and college professors. You regularly attend the luncheons thrown by your areaâ€™s chamber of commerce. You post about your efforts to find a job regularly at social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Yet, despite your best efforts, your career and job search has stalled. On those rare instances in which you are called in for an interview, you inevitably miss out on the chance for a second interview. And most of the resumes that you send out are met with deafening silence.
You need some serious job search advice.
Fortunately, to conduct the best possible job search, you only need to follow some simple steps:
A Resume that Shows off Your Achievements
Your resume needs to list your past work stops. But thatâ€™s not all it should do. It should also list your past career achievements. There is a big difference, and todayâ€™s hiring managers are looking to interview applicants whoâ€™ve accomplished big things at their former places of employment. They donâ€™t want to waste their time interviewing employees who simply marked time throughout their career.
Hereâ€™s an example: If you recommended that the publishing company at which you previously worked should switch to a new printer and this move saved the firm $3,000 every year, mention this on your resume. If you created a new advertising campaign that won three industry awards and helped boost sales of one of your past companyâ€™s products, certainly list this, too.
The greater the achievements you can list on your resume, the better your chance of landing a coveted job interview.
Acing the Interview
Nothing will prepare you for a job interview like research. You donâ€™t know what questions an interviewer will ask you, but you can make the effort to learn as much about the company at which you are interviewing as possible.
Read news stories about the companies at which you are interviewing. Look them up online and study their Web pages. See what you can find out from current or former employees through LinkedIn. Study the products and services that the companies provide.
This way, youâ€™ll always have a factual basis upon which to base your answers to even the most challenging of interview questions.
Look the Part
It may seem old-fashioned, but itâ€™s important to look your best during a job interview. Donâ€™t show up in casual dress, even if the company for which you are interviewing allows its current employees to dress in a less-than-business-attire fashion.
Dressing nicely for a job interview shows respect for the company at which you are interviewing. It also shows that you are a professional. You wonâ€™t make that impression if you show up to your interview in jeans or a button-down shirt and khakis.
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