Thursday, February 7, 2013

5 Strategies For Job Seekers

If searching for work is like a job already, job seekers would tell you that it's one of the worst ones out there. There's nothing fun about filling out countless applications only to see your hard work go unanswered. It can be tempting to just give up the search but that's a temptation you must avoid. Instead of throwing in the towel, why not make your job search simpler?

It's easy to overload your brain with a lot of information when looking for jobs. Thankfully, there are some tips you can follow to make the job search easier and, in turn, less stressful. Here are some of those strategies:

  • Don't stress over your resume: Resumes and cover letters are very important to your success, but they aren't the be-all-end-all items they are sometimes made out to be. Make sure they are crafted to the best of your ability, but don't spend the majority of your time constantly re-working them.
  • Be selective: You don't have to apply to every single job that you come across. You should instead take the time to lay out the qualities that you are looking for in your next position.
  • Be truthful: This seems obvious, but some job seekers feel the need to embellish the truth to make themselves more attractive to employers. There's no need to concoct spectacular tales to show you are worthy; if you are truly right for the job, just the facts will do.
  • Use your alumni network: Most colleges and universities have alumni networks of which you should take full advantage. Take a look at the directory and see if there are any individuals who can help you land a new job.
  • Don't forget your zip code: If you have your resume posted on your LinkedIn page or a database for all recruiters to see, make sure to include your zip code. Recruiters often do database searches for candidates who are local, so including your zip code will make you easier to find. 

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