Successfully Finding the Perfect Job
Are you searching for a job? Have you been laid off due to the
economy? Have you tried to figure out how to start the job
search, or what to do? This is a stressful time for many, and
you need to find the best options and resources to help you find
the perfect job for you.
If you are looking to start your own business and be
self-employed, you'll need to figure out what it is you like to
do, and what you are good at. It is said "love what you do, and
the money will follow" - there is a lot of validity in it. If
you have a passion for something, it is easier for you to do and
not a constant drain. It can be fun, and rewarding, and
challenging. Take this test at
http://doubleii.com/entrepreneurtest.html to see how well you
rate in the ability to be self employed. You might not really be
suited for it, and might be better off to read the rest of the
If you are looking for a job, you can look online, but don't
expect that it will come easily. You will need to register with
many areas, and keep checking for new jobs that come up. You
should sign up with various temp agencies in your area - many
have sites and send email updates. In all honesty, for most
people and jobs - the best way to find a job is to network -
talk to people you know who work at the type of places you want
to find a job at. Meet more people at those companies. Sometimes
you can make a good impression and even create a new job by
telling about your talents. The trick is that people need to
KNOW you are there and have the talent. You need exposure. Talk
to everyone you know - people always know other people who can
be useful to you. Go to job fairs, go to events, visit and learn
about the companies you are interested in (you especially need
to study up if you are looking to interview - the more you
understand the company, the better your presentation will be
about what you have to offer to the company). Also, don't forget
to talk to others looking for a job - there are many ideas that
work and don't work, plus leads others can't use.
You need a good resume. No one knows your skills and strengths
better than you - you need to put all the information together
for your resume. If you can write your own resume, and have
others read it and help you tweak it, then all the better. After
all, if you can't present yourself in a resume, how will you
present yourself in an interview? This is your first chance to
Prepare your resume and get it posted online - get it sent to
people whom will look it over. Register it with recruiters. You
will probably need more than one resume - each focusing on a
different aspect of your skills. There are different types of
resumes - chronological (listing your job experience over the
years), functional (emphasizing functional skills), and others
which aren't as common. Use the functional if you are looking to
change careers, or have more skills than your employment shows.
Use the chronological one to highlight your work history - if
that is what you are best known for. Your resume is your calling
card and advertisement - its purpose is to get you an interview.
You must tailor it for the job you are applying for - you need
to show the employer why YOU are the perfect person for the job.
Write your resume to be no more than 1-2 pages long - and stay
with one page if your accomplishments aren't significant. Put
all the most important points on the top and left portions of
the resume - those are the areas that are scanned first.
Your cover letter must be written for the job, as well. Mention
specifically why your skills are the ones the employer wants for
that job. Some employers don't bother with cover letters, but
the majority still do - err on the side of using a cover letter,
but make it brief, no longer than a page.
Prepare a 1-2 paragraph profile of your experience and your
preferences in a job. Prepare a 1 minute "commercial" that you
can use when you meet people - you have to say it in 30-60
seconds for effect. Many networking groups go around the group
for the one minute speech - and that one minute is all you have.
Make it a good one minute speech.
There are many resources you can check into for resume help,
places to search for jobs, places to post your resume. There are
temporary jobs, contract jobs, and career opportunities posted
on various sites - some are better than others. Check them out
because you never know just what will appeal to your interests.
You need to get out on as many areas as you can to look around
and to be posted on. Some won't apply to you, and several may.
You should be sure of those you want to sign up with - pay for
the ones of most value to you, and take advantage of the free
areas. Some are WELL worth the price - but you need to see if it
is worth it to you. There are free resource areas at most of the
With your various methods of looking for and telling others
about your job search and experience, you will find the job you
want. You might have to settle for some lesser job for an
interim period, but keep looking for the job you want , using
the same search tactics.