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How to Find a Job

How to Find a Job. Good jobs are hard to find. Get an edge on the competition with these
strategies. You will need Contacts Networking skills Interview
preparation Tailored resumes Customized cover letters Personal thank-you notes and patience. Step 1. Make a list of everyone you’ve ever worked
with, track down their contact information, and shoot them an e-mail saying that you’re
looking for a job. With social and career networking sites, it’s
easier than ever to find former colleagues. Step 2. Get out and meet people. Join professional associations, seek unpaid
internships, do volunteer work, and accept every social invitation that comes your way. Expanding your contacts is the best way to
tap into the so-called “hidden job market” — the positions that are not advertised. Step 3. If you get an interview, arrive armed with
specifics about how your hiring would directly benefit the company. Give examples of what you’d accomplish in
your first six months on the job. Step 4. Tailor each resume to the job opening by stressing
positions you’ve held and skills you have that match the current opportunity. If you’re responding to an ad, use the wording
in the ad to describe your work experience. Go to the company web site for buzzwords that
will make you seem like an ideal fit. Step 5. Customize your cover letter, too. Keep it brief — no more than three paragraphs. Add a “P.S.” that names your greatest strength;
the recruiter’s eyes will land there first. Step 6. Send thank-you notes to everyone involved
in your interview, including the administrative assistant who may have set it up. Personalize them with references to topics
discussed in the meeting. Step 7. Be patient. Don’t get a reputation as the pest who keeps
calling the company seeking the status of your application. If you don’t hear back within a few weeks,
send a brief follow-up letter to the person who interviewed you, reiterating your interest
in the position. Did you know Nearly half of job seekers provide
false or misleading information on their resumes, according to a survey, with 20 percent fibbing
about their education and 12 percent being less than honest about past employment.

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