Five Keys to Finding a Job
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Jobs and Careers
With outsourcing, downsizing and plant shutdowns increasing, more and
more people are finding themselves competing with youthful college
graduates as well as their friends for the ever-shrinking supply of
Who do you think gets the best job? It is not always the most
qualified. How often have you heard, "I'm sorry, you're over-qualified
for this position"? An employment consultant says, "The job often goes
to the most effective job seeker." We have five suggestions that just
might give you the edge you need to find your next job.
It is very important that you establish your personal 'workday'
schedule so that you start your day knowing what you need to do that
day in your job search. Set daily goals and record what you have done.
It is amazing how satisfying it is to be able to check things off your
list each day. In addition, each day must start with your getting
dressed for work. Why would you need to do that? If you are dressed
properly for business, it will give you added confidence, especially if
you are talking on the phone with prospective employers. This is your
"job" now, finding your next employer.
You can get addresses and phone numbers of prospective employers
from the employment office. Respond to newspaper ads. Use the yellow
pages of your phone book and make lists of companies that might have
jobs that are often not advertised, and then contact them. Send a
professionally prepared resume to these companies. After such
systematic searching, you will be more successful at reaching your goal
of finding a job.
How to find the Hidden Jobs
Your opportunities for finding a suitable job will be limited if
you are looking for work only by responding to newspaper or Internet
advertisements. The best jobs are often never advertised. How can you
gain access to this hidden job market? Start by setting aside time each
week to personally call on businesses that you think may have jobs in
your area of interest or experience. They may tell you that they do not
have anything now, but to check back in two or three months. Put them
in your "tickler list" to follow up with in two or three months. If
they say they are not hiring, ask if they know where else you might
look and specifically to whom you should speak. If they suggest a
company and contact, try to make an appointment with that company right
away. When you call for the appointment, be sure to tell them who
recommended them to you.
Ask your friends, family, and other associates to help you access
the hidden job market. Let them know what your skills are and what you
are looking for. Network with everyone. You never know who might know
someone that knows someone that has an opening that requires just the
type of skills you have. You might want to have some business cards
made up with your contact information and maybe a short list of
pertinent skills to leave with everyone you ask to help you in your
You Need an Effective Resume
If you are applying for an executive position, having a
professional resume to give to your potential employers is a must. But
no matter what job you are seeking, a well-prepared resume can be a
great asset. A resume tells potential employers not only who you are
but also what you have accomplished and why they need you.
What to include in your resume:
1. Provide your full name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address.
2. State your work objective.
3. List the education you have received, highlighting any training
and skills that relate to the job you are seeking. You may have to
adapt your list of skills to the particular position you are applying
4. Provide details of previous work experience. Include not only
what you did but also examples of the goals you reached and the
benefits you brought to your previous employers.
5. Highlight aspects of your previous employment that qualifies you for the job you are currently seeking.
6. Include personal information that describes your qualities, interests, and hobbies.
How to Nail the Interview
1. Research the company. With some background knowledge, you can
converse intelligently with the interviewer about how the company and
your skills match.
2. Dress appropriately for the type of work you are applying for. Always be neat, clean and well groomed.
3. Arrive about 15 minutes early. This will give you a little time to relax. NEVER BE LATE.
4. Smile and give the interviewer a firm handshake if that is appropriate.
5. Avoid being negative about your former employers and work mates.
6. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer and speak clearly and confidently about yourself.
7. Don't forget to ASK FOR THE JOB if you still want it at the end of the interview.
To increase your chances of finding work, you must be adaptable. It
is unlikely that you will find a job that has everything you are
looking for. You need to learn to be content with employment that is
less than ideal. Being adaptable may mean overcoming prejudice against
certain types or work. Be willing to accept any suitable work that does
not compromise your values.
By using these suggestions, you will have an advantage over the
majority of others who are competing with you in the job market.
Good "job" hunting.