Current IssueJuly 09, 2018
Tips on Job Hunting for Job Seekers
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Tips on Job Hunting for Job Seekers
By Larry White, Recruiter
If you are seeking employment for a full time position, your first step is to research the marketplace to see what the needs are for the job you are seeking. A good way to do this is to review classified employment ads in local papers to see how many jobs matching what you want are listed. If you are able to relocate, then do the same research on large job career websites such as Careerbuilder or DICE. The more demand for the the job you are seeking, the better your odds of landing an interview. Job hunting is a numbers game for most people.
If you are looking for work in a specific industry, get an industry guide to find the address of potential employers in that industry in your area. Send a personal letter to every potential employer along with your resume. If possible, address your letter to the manager you might work for within the organization.
If demand is low for the job you want, then look for jobs that might relate to the job you really want. For example, if you are looking for a marketing position with a retailer, look at sales positions that might relate to the type of products the retailer sells. Finding an "entryway" type job not only gives you employment, it can open the door for you to move on to the job you really want while you gain experience.
Any type of networking you can do that gives you personal contact with employers and decision makers is invaluable. Your friends, fellow church members, relatives, or former co-workers may know about job openings that fit what you are looking for.
Once you know the market, it's time to get your resume ready. For some jobs, a detailed professional resume will be needed. Education positions often require such resumes. For these situations, purchasing a well done custom resume is the right way to go.
There are lots of ways to get your resume out in the marketplace. Make sure you have a Word version of your resume you can email to employers directly. Post your resume on as many career websites as you see fit. And consider using resume distribution services to blast your resume out to hundreds of potential employers. Job hunting is a numbers game and the more you get your resume out there, the better your odds.
Whatever your career goals are, today the internet provides an enormous array of resources for job seekers of all types. Take advantage of all that is out there and be aggressive in your job search. Remember, job hunting is a numbers game and the more you do, the more the odds work in your favor!
Good Luck in your job search!
Larry White, has 20 years experience in job interviewing and hiring for major oil companies in Texas.