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Job Search Tips
Job searching can be an exhausting activity. In fact, it often feels like a full-time job! With unemployment numbers so high, the competition is definitely tough. Here are some tips to help make your job search thorough and successful:
1. Use your social networking sites to connect with others and learn about job opportunities early. Sometimes, you just need to beat the big application pool to have a good chance at landing an interview. LinkedIn and Twitter are two excellent social networking sites for job searching.
2. Networking in person is not a thing of the past. It’s important to attend events where you can meet people who might have connections in the field (or fields) you’re most interested in. Get out there and shake some hands—you never know when it might be the hand of your next employer!
3. Create an “elevator speech (or pitch)” to use at networking events or when you meet someone new in the professional world. An elevator speech is a prepared summary of your talents and experience. You can use these when you’re networking and want to tell someone as much about yourself as you can in a short amount of time. Plus, you’ll sound professional and prepared.
4. Define your professional brand. Potential employers need to know what makes you a unique candidate. You might be in a pool of applicants in which everyone’s experience level is nearly equal—make sure you specify what sets you apart.