Productivity Tips for Finding a New Job

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Finding a job can be a painful process. Between hours of searching, sending out ending applications and facing much rejection, finding a new job can be a bewildering task. However, there are ways to make becoming employed easier and quicker. Here are ten ways to make your job-hunt more productive.

Decide What You Want

One of the biggest ways to waste time while job-hunting is to apply for jobs you’re qualified for, but not interested in. While this may lead to an interview, or even an offer, if you don’t want the job, the process will be a waste of time and effort. Instead, before you begin searching and applying, decide where your interest lies, and only apply within those areas.

Define Your Skills

Before you begin to send out applications, take the time to think about yourself as a job candidate. Make a list of your experiences, skills and what you have to offer an employer. Next, use this to determine what jobs would be a good match for you. This will help you narrow your job search, helping you to apply to only relevant positions, making your job-hunt more productive.

Look for Jobs Everywhere

The only way to get the job of your dreams is if you can find it. This can mean getting creative about where and how you search for jobs. While online job boards are excellent places to look, also think about checking local newspaper classifieds, specific company web pages and even craigslist to find your new career.

Tap Into Your Network

One of the best ways to land a job is by using all of your resources, including friends, family and people in your network. Though it may feel awkward at first, reaching out to your professional connections can make a huge difference in helping you become employed. Whether the people in your network can help you with interview and resume tips, serve as a reference or even help you land a position, taking advantage of your network is always a good idea.

Write a Compelling Cover Letter

One of the most difficult, yet important pieces of an application is your cover letter. This gives you the chance to explain your interest, skills and even show potential employers your personality. As cover letters are time-consuming to prepare, many people tend to write one generic letter. However, while it may conserve your time, employers will notice this and may reject your application. Instead, make a general cover letter template, and modify it for each job you apply to.

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Revise Your Resume

If you’re getting back into the job-hunt or just starting out, it’s important to make sure you have a compelling and flawless resume. As this is one of the first ways that an employer learns about you, it’s vital that it highlights your skills and experiences. When writing your resume, order your experiences and skills by relevancy to the job you’re applying for, and check for any grammatical or organizational errors.

Follow Up

If while searching job boards and classifieds you stumbled upon the perfect job, don’t let it slip away. If you are waiting for a response after sending in an application, don’t be afraid to follow-up with an employer. Send a short e-mail to the hiring manager or HR director to inquire about the hiring process and if you’re still being considered. If your correspondence is polite, short and professional, this will show the employer your interest.

Practice for an Interview

While you may have sent out more resumes than you can count, you may make it to an interview a few times. This makes every interview you do get so important, making practicing your interview skills vital. Research common interview questions and formulate answers to all of them. Also, before an interview, do your research on the company, and come up with questions for your interviewer.

Follow Interview Etiquette

While you may have practiced for an interview, what you say is only a small part of what an employer is looking at. To make sure you give a great impression, not only are your thoughts and ideas important, but your physical appearance and preparedness as well. Be sure to arrive early, dress professionally and always have copies of your resume on-hand.

Thank Your Interviewer

A great way to express your gratitude after meeting with a potential employer is to send a follow-up thank you. By letting your interviewer know that you appreciated their time and enjoyed meeting them, you will leave a positive last impression, helping you land a job.

Landing a job is no short or simple task. Luckily, there are ways to make this process less arduous and time-consuming. With self-reflection, persistence and a good impression, your journey to a job offer will be much more productive.

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