Finding a new job can be a daunting task. You need to make sure your job search involves positions you’re qualified for, but you also want to land a position that pays well and comes with some benefits. And, since it wouldn’t hurt to do a job search for companies that treat their employees right, the stakes can be pretty high.
A good job search starts with you. You’ll need to do some things in advance before you head out the door to apply or interview. First off you’ll want to get your resume in order. Make sure it’s accurate and offers a fair representation of your past experiences and qualifications. Keep it as short as possible while not skipping over major details. Next, you’ll want to make sure you have your references in order before you conduct a job search. Employers like to hear as well as see that potential hires can do the job.
With your paperwork straight, you can now begin a more thorough job search. Here are five tips to help make that job search go more smoothly:
* Evaluate your skills, strengths and weaknesses. Try to match up what you can do and what you’re trained to do with ideal positions. Going after the wrong kinds of jobs for your skill set can be an exercise in futility.
* Evaluate your desires. If you have a 10-year background in management, you might not want to settle for an entry-level position. Make sure you know what you want and try to find jobs to match not only your qualifications, but also your actual worth. Sometimes this might not be possible, but shoot as close to the mark as you possibly can in your job search.
* Narrow searches by location, type of job and pay. You don’t want to waste your time going after minimum pay jobs if you’re over qualified and vice versa. The more you focus your job search, the less time you’ll waste on positions that don’t fit the bill. But, do be honest with yourself. If you’re only qualified for an entry level, go after one with the notion of building on it for a better career.
* Consider skill enhancements. If you’re a computer programmer, but you haven’t taken a new course in five years, you might want to add a certification or two to your resume before you start your job search. Or, at the very least, have some retraining or advanced training in the works when you start applying.
* Use the tools at your fingertips. A good job search covers all the bases. This means those on the hunt look online, in papers, and even in trade magazines to find ideal positions. The more you spread out your search, the better.
There’s no magic way to land a position and ensure a job search will be ideal, but the more realistic you are about yourself and you are to yourself during a search, the more likely you are to land the right job. Take time to evaluate where you are in your career and your background and be certain to have all paperwork in order before you begin your job search. With some time and patience and a bit of confidence thrown in, you’ll likely have a successful job search.