Being prepared is an important part of how to job search and a serious job search may require that you spend some money. Since you are looking for a job, you probably don’t have unlimited money to spend on the tools for your search. Here are some different things that you should not skimp on and others that are not as vital.
Tools of Connectivity
A working computer is a must for a job search as is an operational cell phone and printer. You don’t have to have top of the line equipment but you do need to be sure that your equipment is reliable. In this age of the Internet, you will likely have to pay for some type of Internet connection for your job search.
If you don’t have a connection at home, you will be forced to find a coffee shop or restaurant with wireless Internet connections that you can use to do your job search. In some neighborhoods, the public library may have computers and Internet that you can use for free but that does limit your search times.
Clothes do make the Man
You will need to spend some money on a nice suit for informational meetings and interviews. First impressions are important so you want to have a nice, neat outfit to convey your professionalism. Don’t forget about the shoes – ill-fitting or inappropriate shoes can also give the wrong impression during your job search as well.
Most job boards have a free service and offer a subscription service for additional benefits. However, the free service can be sufficient; in many cases, you can find many jobs listings for free on the Internet — on other sites, on company websites, or on other places — paying for access is unnecessary. There may be other services associated with a job board that you may wish to pay for like resume help or a service that applies to jobs for you, but that is something that you have to evaluate on your own.
LinkedIn basic allows you to establish an online profile, join several interest groups, search for and apply to jobs, and build a network. The free version works well for a significant number of people. If you need to send inMails to potential contacts or increase your visibility on the site, you can upgrade to the premium level. It is possible to upgrade for a short time so you can evaluate the benefits; if you don’t feel the additional services assist you much, you can cancel and go back to the free version.
One of the best networking opportunities is through professional membership organizations; however, many of these professional organizations are very expensive. If your professional organization offers discounted membership, you can maximize your options.
Other networking groups may be available – some also charge a fee. Usually, these groups allow you to come to one event for free to determine if you want to join the group – use it. If you decide to pay for networking opportunities, make sure you fully utilize your exposure to get your money’s worth.
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