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Whether you are a student, recently got laid off, or looking to get back into the workforce, looking for a job is really tough. This article will go through where to find job postings, you resume, cover letter, the interview and a couple extra tips
Where to Find Job Postings
There are many places where jobs are posted. Looking at these different places will help you find a job.
1. Interned Job Directories
There are many websites where employers post ads to find employees. For example, there are sites such as Craigslist, Kijiji and Indeed.
2. Specific Company Websites
If there is a specific company that you would like to work for, you should go to their website because they might have job postings in their careers section.
Some companies, such as Starbucks and Apple, are only accepting job applications through their website, which means you will have to fill out the application and submit your resume all online.
If the company does not have a careers section, try to find a contact number and ask them. If they have an HR (Human Resources) Department, that would be your best bet.
3. Community Bulletin Boards
Check with your local community centre, library, university and college as they may have a bulletin board where employers can post ads.
4. Newspaper Ads
You will find job postings in your local newspapers. Take a look in the classified section and you will see job openings.
5. Government Websites
Depending on your country, state or province, your government may have specific websites for you when you are looking for a job. Your government may also have certain programs that will help you in your job search.
6. Family and Friends
Whenever you are looking for a job, one of the best resources are your friends and family. You should tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job, and sometimes they will know an opportunity, or know of a company that is hiring.
This is called networking, and it is one of the easiest and most successful ways to find a really good job.
Cover Letter and Resume
You found a job you want to apply for. You can imagine yourself working there and you meet almost or all the job requirements. Before you go and just send off a copy of your resume, read this:
1. Always Include a Personalized Cover Letter
Cover letters are underrated yet, very important in finding a job. A cover letter is the first thing an employer will read and it summarizes your resume, all of your experiences, skills, how they relate to the job and why you want this position. Each cover letter should be personalized to each job you are applying for. Even though this is time-consuming, it is worth it because it will set you apart from the other applicants.
2. Always Cater Your Resume to the Specific Job
Depending on the type of job you are applying for, you should really focus your resume on that area. For example, if you are applying for a job that places great importance on customer service, then you should highlight your experiences and skills dealing with customers and providing the best customer service possible. Again this is a time-consuming process, but it is well worth it, as it will make your resume stand out.
3. Proper Grammar and Spelling
Always make sure you are using proper grammar, spelling and always write in a business professional manner. In your cover letter, always address the hiring manager with their proper title and full name (Mr. John Smith). This is something that seems like common sense, but I have looked at so many cover letters and resumes that are filled with grammatical or spelling mistakes. Re-read your resume and get a few friends to re-read it as well.
4. Necessities for Applying by Email
If you are going to apply by email there are some things you need to consider. First of all, make sure you sending your resume from a professional email. It does not look professional when a resume is sent from “prettie_dancerz345”.
Always use spell check. Twice. You do not want to give a bad first impression because then your chances of getting an interview are much lower. Make sure you give a proper subject in your email’s subject field, such as “Application for Business Development Executive.” Make sure that you do not have the “RE:” or “FWD” abbreviations in the subject box, as this looks unprofessional.
Always double-check to make sure your Resume is attached and saved in a “.doc” or “.pdf” format. Make sure you do not save it as a “.docx”, as some employers may not be able to open your resume. Your best bet is to have your cover letter in the body of the email, then attach your cover letter and resume in one file.
I know it is tempting to go on Craigslist, resend the exact same resume to every single employer and just hope. I know that it doesn’t seem to make sense to take the time to personalize each email, proof read it and include a cover letter. You have to realize that these small things all make a huge difference. If you are applying for a Server position, the restaurant managers are getting over 100 resumes, maybe even more, so you need to take the time to make yourself stand out.
Your potential employer called you and set up a time for an interview. Make sure you prepare yourself as best as you can.
1. Read the News and Learn About the Company
Before any interview you should always take time to read a newspaper. You should know the major news stories going on in the world, especially if they are affecting this company or the industry that the company is in.
You also need to read about the company and learn their history, their values, their mission statement, news surrounding them and anything you can. You have to know why you want to work for this company.
2. Practice Standard Interview Questions
There are some standard interview questions that you should know how to answer. Here are some of them.
Tell me about yourself.
Why do you want this job?
Why do you want to work at this company?
What makes you different and better than the other applicants?
What is your biggest weakness?
3. Know your Strengths and your Weaknesses.
Look at your resume, work experience and skills to see all of your strengths so you can focus on them. If you are applying for a sales position, previous sales experience is a huge asset and that's a strength.
To go above and beyond, you need to look at all the reasons why someone would not hire you, and then find solutions for each one. Mitigate all the risks of hiring you, go through each potential negative, then the interviewer will have no reason not to hire you.
For example, you can tell the hiring manager that you will work for free, or for a reduced fee for the first three months. If they are happy with your performance, they can pay you your back pay, if not, then you leave. What do they have to lose? How could they say no?
4. Be Confident.
You have to be confident. Make sure you are early and dressed up professionally. It is always better to be over dressed than under dressed. Walk into the office, look the interviewer in the eyes, give them a firm handshake, introduce yourself and thank them for the opportunity. Be aware of your body language, how you are sitting and how you are presenting yourself. Make sure you are always giving good eye contact.
5. Tell Them What They Want to Hear
This is somewhat controversial advice. What I mean by this is that there are certain questions that you should answer the way they want you to answer. For example, if they ask you, have you ever missed a deadline, or will you ever miss a deadline, you should to answer no. Don’t give them a reason to doubt your abilities. I am not saying that you should lie about having work experience, or lie and tell them you actually did graduate from university.
Let me give you an example. You need to hire a server and you have narrowed your search to two applicants. They are exactly the same except, one server told you that she has been late a few times at her old job, and the other server told you she is always on time. Who would you choose?
It is also very important to answer every question, never tell the interviewer you don’t know the answer to a question. It is important that you always think of an answer and if you don’t understand the question, ask them to repeat it or ask for more clarification.
6. You are interviewing them just as much as they are interview you
You have to realize that as they are interviewing you, you should be doing the same. They are deciding whether they want to hire you, but you also have to decide whether you want to work for this company. You should ask questions about the company’s corporate culture, morals and value and see if they match with yours. Just because they want you, doesn’t mean that you want them.
Another thing to consider is that the person interviewing you might be just as nervous as you are.
7. Follow up Within 24 Hours
After your interview always follow-up with an email or phone call within 24 hours. Some employers will not hire a candidate for the sole reason that they did not follow-up within 24 hours. Just a short note saying thank you for the interview and that you are excited for this opportunity.
Now you know what to do. You have all the information you need on how to find a job. Good luck with your job search and remember that you should find a job that makes you excited and happy. One of professors in University told me that every Sunday night he gets a rush because he is so excited to go to work on Monday. I think that’s amazing and something to strive for.