It is understood today's job market is perilous at best. Job seekers outnumber jobs by a number that is simply astounding and employers seem to be making up the rules as they go along in this new job market. Where to begin and what to do next are critical in the job search that will ultimately lead to a new and rewarding career
Where to start
The first place to start the job search is with a pencil and a piece of paper. Write down skills, experiences, and previous positions. Write down education and any certificates or licenses. Working with this as a template craft a solid resume that is flexible and allows you to focus on the specific job at hand. Formatting can include bullet points or phrases that can be altered when necessary to coincide with the position at hand.
Consider your resume as your first impression. It is imperative your resume is error free and immaculate. Dynamic word choice, energetic statements, and focused experiences explain to the company you exhibit these qualities as evidenced by your resume.
Cover letters should walk hand and hand with your resume and follows the same basic rules. Energetic word choice and a focus on the specific job opening at hand mark effective cover letters and will grab the attention of the employer.
Interviews require some thought. Under no circumstances should you ever go into an interview unprepared. Be ready to list your working philosophy, your past experience, and what you know about the position and the company at hand. Show your diligence. As elementary as it sounds be sure to offer an appropriately strong hand shake and always make eye contact.
After the interview
After the interview be sure to follow up with a note or an email. Point to the interview and relate what you found particularly important. Sound positive without sounding entitled.
As you wait for the offers to roll in continue refining your resume and interview skills. Not only will this enhance your opportunities it will also give you more of a much needed competitive edge.