When “Help Me Get a Job” is Part of Every Conversation

Get Hired Fast - help me find a jobHas the phrase, “Help me get a job” become part of each of your conversations, no matter if you’re talking to your neighbor, your sister-in-law, or your old friend from high school? If so, realize that you’re far from alone. The job market remains an incredibly challenging one today.

But know this, too: If you want to strike the phrase, “Help me get a job” from your vocabulary, you’ll need to take three steps to shorten your efforts to find a career.

Know Where to Search for Jobs

First, you’ll need to know where to search for jobs. This isn’t as simple as it sounds. Most job seekers today flock to online job boards, where they apply to every posting in their field.

This makes these job seekers feel busy. But it’s far from an effective way to land a job today. The companies posting these job notices are overwhelmed by applicants, sometimes receiving hundreds for every job they stick on an online job board. The odds of your e-mail even being opened are slim.

Instead, you need to find jobs by networking. This means scheduling lunch meetings with past bosses. It means calling old cubicle mates. It means attending business-after-hours events in your community and participating in industry discussions on LinkedIn.

You never knew when a member of your business contacts will have a hot job lead for you, or when one of these contacts will be willing to personally introduce you to an executive at a company in your field.

Take Advantage of Social Media

If you really want to find a career today, you’ll need to spend at least some time on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Don’t spend your time on these sites playing Farmville. Instead, send messages to your business contacts letting them know that you are looking for work. You never know what kind of leads, introductions, or advice they’ll send back.

Participate, too, in business discussions on LinkedIn. This will get your name noticed — especially if you have something informative to say — among professionals in your field. You can also use LinkedIn to follow specific companies at which you want to work. It’s a great way to learn useful information that you can bring with you to a job interview.

Be Prepared for Your Interview

Remember, companies today can pick from the best candidates for every job listing they post. This means that you have to shine during your interview.

This also means that you need to know a lot about the company with which you are interviewing. You should know whether the company had a good fiscal year, what new markets the firm is trying to reach, and whether the company is introducing any new products. You should know the company’s target market, its core services, and its reputation in your industry.

Fortunately, this research is relatively simple to conduct. You can do a quick Internet search to find out most of this. You can also rely on LinkedIn – by following companies with which you have interviews – to fill in the blanks.

Interviewers will know if you arrive to an interview without having done your research. This lack of preparation will show up in your answer to interview questions. And it will definitely make you look unprofessional.

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