You know where to Search for Jobs, but do You know how to Search for Jobs?

You know where to search for jobs. You’ve mastered the art of finding the best online job listings in your field. You’ve networked with your former bosses, co-workers and college professors. You regularly attend the luncheons thrown by your area’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 that’s not all it should do. It should also list your past career achievements. There is a big difference, and today’s hiring managers are looking to interview applicants who’ve accomplished big things at their former places of employment. They don’t want to waste their time interviewing employees who simply marked time throughout their career.

Here’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 company’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

Get Hired Fast - where to search for jobsNothing will prepare you for a job interview like research. You don’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, you’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 it’s important to look your best during a job interview. Don’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 won’t make that impression if you show up to your interview in jeans or a button-down shirt and khakis.

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  • Tim Woods

    At the end of the day, most seasoned candidates do exactly what you say – create a highly polished resume, study the company very closely and dress for success. However, at the end of the day, many of us still fail to get those positions. 

    Long story short, this article (like others) doesn’t help provide that information – it regurgitates the same tired strategies – in fact these don’t help at all for some people (like me)

    Because of this, here are truly some other ways to find jobs – they do take time, but they reap rewards better than what was listed above:

    One of the best ways to get a job is to network with others in your field and/or industry. Get involved with efforts which will make you visible inside the company as well as with hiring managers.That way you can show yourself off from both sides – you can get a great reference from the group you are affiliated with and network with others like you who may be able to help you.Another way is to include leverage social media (facebook, blogs, etc.) about your subject matter. See if you can network with someone who is an expert in the space and see if you can write articles for him/her. The same rules apply as above – you establish credibility with that individual, you become affiliated with that person and that could help you as well.

    Good luck everyone – it’s a hard market out there — especially for more senior level individuals (such as me) who are not junior level employees, but are not considered for executive level ones.

  • Vicki Stouffer

    Agree entirely.  Most of the webinars I’ve listened to and blogs I’ve read about job hunting are not offering anything new that I haven’t heard or done before.  Tim, I’m in the same boat as you: a senior level individual and not considered for executive level positions.  Also, I have transferable sklils so can venture into other industries yet do not think I’m seriously considered because I haven’t had that industry “title,” which I think means less than the skills and experience someone can bring to a company or organization.  Job hunsting is still as frustrating as ever.

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  • SDR

    I totally agree with both comments. I have over 25 years of professional experience with an excellent professional growth record and a series of accomplishments in different market sectors. I have done everything! (more than once) that has been suggested for finding work in a very tough job market and still can’t find decent professional work. The list is: networking, social media, volunteering, professional affiliations, countless submissions online, interviews leading to “great resume but over qualified”, state employment centers, workshops, conferences, etc. I am rather disillusioned at this juncture. Good luck everyone!