There are several steps to take when looking for a new job including where to look for jobs, the top job online sites, how to use your connections, how to have a successful interview, and how to follow up after the interview. Here are some specific steps to consider when starting your search:
Step 1: Create an effective resume and cover letter. Build your own brand by using social media websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and VisualCV. A strong personal brand will entice recruiters to look closer at your job experience and create a better professional image. You never know what contacts may be able to help with y0ur job search.
Step 2: Focus your job search. Use search engines that provide niche services for your occupation including job boards, job search engine sites, company websites, niche job websites, social media, professional associations etc. Use specific keywords that match your qualifications and job history. This will help you find job listings that match your experience and less non-relevant listings to go through.
Step 3: Create a list of companies you would like to work for and watch their websites for job listings. Research those companies and what they require for applicants, it could be you need just one additional training or skill to apply for jobs. Researching information about the company will also assist you if and when you get an interview.
Step 4: Ace the interview. Dress appropriately, practice answering interview questions, research the company. Remind the interviewer why you are a great candidate for the position.
Step 5: Follow up. Remember to thank everyone involved in the process. Carefully review any job offers before accepting or rejecting.
Use your down time wisely by contacting potential recommendations to use on your resume, do some volunteer work to broaden your networking, find opportunities to add a new skill to your resume. Most of all…be patient and be diligent.