Getting a job may be difficult in times like these. Since times are so tough, it is definitely helpful to get ideas on how to get a job from others. Together we can help the people who need it by making lists of ways to successfully getting a job. If you are the one looking for a job it is important to stay optimistic and not to give up.
Practice your skills that will impress your interviewer. Writing, proofreading and re-writing resumes are excellent choices to make to get your resume just the way you want it. You can have family or friends proofread your resume to make sure you don't have any errors. We generally tend to overlook errors that we may make while writing, whereas others may be able to catch it right away. This is also true with cover letters. Basic skills in computers are now recommended these days and are often required, so practicing on a computer is beneficial. Whether you are practicing typing or pulling up an excel document, working with anything on the computer is an accomplishment. Practicing interviews are another great thing to work on. At many different companies you may have up to four interviews before you are offered the job. Practice with friends and family to perfect your interview and speaking skills. Many people say that practicing in a mirror helps them remember what they are going to say and also helps them practice their facial expressions. It is important to always have a pleasant smile on your face when in an interview.
Use many resources. Use as many resources as you can to find the job you are looking for. Newspapers, staffing agencies, career fairs and job centers are all places to go when looking for a job. The internet is another useful resource when job hunting. City websites will often list job opportunities in your area. There are also a ton of different websites that you have job listings. You can sort them by category or area. When looking for a job it is helpful to remember to not be too picky. Although you don't want to be working for peanuts, the economy is going downhill and it is very difficult for anyone to get a job. Even people with solid degrees are having problems finding a job out there.
Keep a positive attitude. The only way to find a job is with a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook on life. Getting pessimistic after not successfully finding a job will lower your spirits. Not only will it hold you back from trying to get a job, but it will also negatively effect how people see you. You would hate to walk into your interview with a negative attitude in life and a frown on your face. With this type of outlook you would immediately be turned down for any type of job.
Utilize all of your references. Whether you have that award winning reference letter that shows you are honest and hardworking, or that cover letter that shows how wonderful your skills in that area of work, it is important to show the one interviewing you how great you really are. Now is the perfect time to brag about yourself and list all of your accomplishes in life. It is also beneficial to you to send out a thank-you letter after your interview thanking the employer for their time. Even if you have thanked them in person, employers appreciate the extra generous gesture by personally taking the time to handwrite a letter. Many employers admit that they find this very impressive and are more willing to think about hiring the interviewee.
Follow up. Some people say that they don't like calling after an interview to find out information because they don't want to sound pushy. This is absolutely not true in most of the cases. Sometimes employers do forget to call you, or your application and resume do get put in a pile somewhere on their desk. A call shows that you really are interested in the job and this just might help you get that job quicker. This proves to many employers that you are consistent, a great trait that is useful in any career.
Spread the word. Word of mouth travels very quickly in this world. Let friends, family, past co-workers and others know that you are looking for a job in the area that you have chose. Give them a few of your business cards to hand out to others in case they know of anyone that is hiring. Even if you don't have a job creating business cards is beneficial to your job finding skills. You can make business cards based on an organization that you belong to or have business cards that simply list your name, address and phone number. Business cards make you look very professional and you will be looked at closer when being considered for a job. Even posting flyers with the skills that you have will help you in getting a job.
Set goals for yourself. You can create any goal that you feel is realistic and stick to it. Some great goals for you may be to apply for one job a week, update your resume monthly, practice your interview skills weekly, etc. Whatever goals you set for yourself should be kept. It is also helpful for you to reward yourself if you do keep your goals. This will remind you that the hard work you do will definitely pay off.Decide if you would like to go back to college. Although there are jobs out there that only require a GED, there are many more jobs to choose from if you have a college degree. Unfortunately, even with a college degree it may be difficult to get a job. Sometimes if you find a job they will ask you if you are willing to go back to college. Occasionally your employer may be willing to pay for half or all of your schooling. What a great way to save money on college.