If you are currently searching for a job – and we’re assuming you are, given that you’ve read this far! – you likely are feeling a variety of emotions. Excited, nervous, overwhelmed…these are all common emotions when we’re on the job market. The more you know about strategies that work, the better of a position you’ll be in.
Before going to a job interview, make sure that you get plenty of interviewing practice. Many job seekers go to an interview and don’t know what to say or how to act, which can harm their chances of obtaining the position. To combat this, you should practice ahead of time. Eliminating the chances of forgetting important details, poor phrasing, or awkward body language can really increase your odds of getting the position.
When writing your resume or filling out job applications, always be flexible in the section that asks about salary requirements. You can fill in this area with “flexible” or “negotiable”. If you put an exact number, you may undersell yourself and end up with a lower salary than the employer intended to pay. If you put in a number that is a dollar or two more than the employer intended to pay, you may do yourself out of a job. It pays to be flexible!
If you don’t get a job, ask why not. This can be an invaluable way to determine if you’re doing anything wrong. You can simply send a short email or letter inquiring about whether there was anything more you could have done. This may also make you feel better about not getting the job.
Use a cover letter as an introduction. Remember, this is the first exposure you are getting with a company, so treat it as if you are being introduced. Mention where you saw the job listing and how you fit in with what you’re looking for. Close with an offer to talk further in an interview, and make sure your contact information is correct.
When looking for a job try to find one that fits your personality type. For example, if you are shy and like working on projects alone, a job that requires you to be part of, and contribute to a larger team may be a bad choice. Carefully assess who you are, and find a job that fits that perfectly.
At any new job you should learn as much as possible about everything. This also means to learn about other departments that are not your responsibility. This will make you an in-disposable asset in the company which will protect your job during periods of lay offs and/or reduced hours.
Try to schedule an interview or two with an employer you are not really interested in just for the interview practice. You can use this opportunity to work out the kinks in your presentation skills. This can be especially important for a senior who may have gone a long time since the last job hunting experience.
The quest to find meaningful and fulfilling employment can be a daunting one. But by reading this article, you are now in a much better position to achieve your employment goal! Your job in the next little bit will be to find a job – you’re on the road to having the tools you need to accomplish this feat!