Thursday, March 22, 2018

Job Search:

 How To Start A Great One


First start with a cover letter and resume that is current with updated information with past employment details, achievements, related skills and references. This will provide an employer with a good profile of what you bring to the job and how you can be a good fit and contribute to their organization. Be sure to target each resume to the position you are applying to.


Talk to friends, former co-workers and family to let them know you’re seeking employment.  Ask if they have heard of any opportunities and maintain contact. Always be willing to help fellow job seekers as well. Building an effective network means reciprocating the courtesy.

Always follow the directions for “how to apply” in the job posting - if they want an emailed resume, apply by email, if they request in person, drop it off in person. If they say do not call – do not call.  


Ensure that you are sending your resume in a PDF (or like) application to avoid having incompatible formats that can alter your finished documents. Send only clean, correctly formatted copies. Use an email address that is professional - avoid using slang or nickname addresses.


Start your work search at times appropriate to the business and be aware of busy times to avoid contact during peak periods when no one will be available to speak with

Dress appropriately for the jobs you are seeking and wear appropriate footwear. Give the impression you are ready to start the job today. Have a neat and tidy appearance, hats off, do not use perfume or chew gum.  Be aware of any scent you may give off; the smell of garlic, smoke, coffee, alcohol and marijuana can linger on your skin and clothing and turn off any potential employer. Turn off all electronic devices you may carry.  


Maintain a record of what jobs you have applied to, the date you applied, the date the posting closes and who you sent or delivered your resume to. This will give you the information you need when you are completing your follow up contact.  It’s a good idea to ask the employer when / how would be appropriate to do follow up.


Follow up on any promising contacts you may have made with employers to reiterate your interest in the position.  Depending on the type of initial contact, you may want to follow up in person, this is the best way if it can be done, by phone or by email – inquiring to ensure they physically received your resume / cover letter.  This is especially good if you’ve left it with someone else or have sent it by fax or email. You can also ask if they’ve had a chance to review it and have they begun the selection process?  You want to be persistent, but you don’t want to be a pest.  Posted closing dates do offer a bit of a timeline; for cold calls We would suggest every 1 -2 weeks.