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Get That D%&@^ Job

A brief, bullet point guide to landing your dream job

Job Search

Look for the right job

  • Determine what’s right for you, and narrow your search as much as possible 
  1. Choose a financial sector. Healthcare, for example, is the most stable and recession proof sector
  2. Find businesses that are systematically growing and adding jobs
  3. Find open jobs with the selected group of employers

Resume

  • Create and effective resume that catchs the eyes, and doesn’t fly straight to the trash can.
  1. Style: choose professional classic or modern depending on the job you are applying for. 
  2. If you choose a modern style to attract more attention, make sure it is designed by a professional. Modern styles can be a double-edged swords and can easily have a negative effect if not designed properly.
  3. Customize your resume to fit the specific employer and the specific job you’re applying for. Place more emphasis on the relevant items in your education and job history.
  4. Any and every piece of information you include in your resume can be relevant and considered by the hiring managers. If you’re competing with others at the same level of education and experience, even your hobbies can make a difference.
  5. Include a cover letter, if possible. Create one for each employer and job you’re applying for, avoiding general terms such as “To whom it may concern”

How to apply​

Follow the employer’s instructions posted in the job posting online. If none exists, call and ask about their preferred method of applying and submitting your resume.

Apply Online

Oftentimes employers who post their application forms online do not accept any other method of applying or submitting resumes. Do not try to be creative here. Just follow the instructions and fill in as many fields of the application form as possible. Avoid using abbreviations that you are not certain the reader would be familiar with, or that can cause  ambiguity. 

Mail or email

If the employer accepts, and you:

Mail: choose white or slightly off-white paper, your information is properly laid out in sections and short paragraphs, without “goes without saying” information.  Modern layout may advantageous.

E-mail:  do so from a professional mail address. Sonmething like hotmomma@….. or sixpackabsguy@…. may not impress. Yes, the employers can typically see your email.

Apply in-person

Even when it is not the employer’s preferred method, A visit to the employer’s location can help prepare you for the job interview if get shortlisted. Moreover, it can give you an opportunity to make a lasting impression on the front desk staff, up to the hiring manager, if allowed.

Follow up

It is your career and your job. Do not expect others to make more effort than you do for yourself. Show interest and persistence without becoming an annoyance.
Follow up on your application by phone, email, Online, or in person-if appropriate, in order to:

  • Make sure your application has been received and seen
  • Stand out of the crowd and make sure your name is recognized
  • Correct any errors that you may discover after you have submitted your application or resume

Take notice of the employees preferred method of contact and keep your eyeOn your phone , email, or whatever other method specified. If you get invited to a job interview, you may only have Hours to confirm and/or show up. Oftentimes, it is a matter of first-come first-served.

Job Interview Dos and Don’ts

Do:

  • Have and show confidence that you are the best candidate for the job, so the interviewer feels he same
  • Dress, sit, and behave professionally. Read the interviewer(s) carefully.
  • Speak clearly and professionally. Show good communication skills. Rehearse before the interview.
  • Emphasized the information relevant to the position you’re Interviewing for. You’re time may be limited and you want to deliver the most important information first.
  • Be honest, be yourself, be careful. One gesture, word or shared thought can mean the difference between getting or losing the job.

Don’t:

  • Give up if the interview doesn’t seem to go well. Remain composed throughout
  • Mumble, laugh loud or joke excessively. Only slip in a joke when it helps show your intellect.
  • Ramble. The more you say, the more mistakes you make. Let the interviewer(s) collect your information, not your mistakes.
  • Don’t lie! Worse than not getting a job is getting fired for lying or misrepresenting information
  • Avoid commonly used cliches. The interviewer has hear them too many times.


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