Tips for a Successful Job Search
- One size does not fit all. Would you wear your grandmother's clothes? No? Why not? Wouldn't they fit? So why assume one resume fits for every job? Change your resume to fit the job you're applying for.
- Don't just drop off a resume and expect a phone call. When you take your resume in to a business, ask to see the manager and give it to him or her directly. If a manager is not available, ask for a name and follow-up with a phone call.
- Look neat and groomed, even if you're just leaving a resume. That's in case you see the manager right away. And even if you don't, a worker just may pass on their impressions of you to a manager. Don't assume that you can ever get away with being sloppy.
- Before you go, practice what you'll say to the manager. Things you could say could be:
"Hello. My name is ____ and I am interested in working here as a _____. Could I leave my resume with you?"
"I'm a good worker and would fit in well with your team."
"May I write down your name and call you in a day or two regarding your opening?" (And remember, it's okay to feel nervous about approaching employers. Everyone feels nervous about applying for jobs.)
- Check what's on the internet about you. Employers do check out potential employees by Googling names and looking at social networking sites.
- Some employers want you to apply online. It can't hurt to do that AND take in a paper copy of your resume and cover letter.
- Put resume and cover letter in an envelope so you appear even more professional.
Facebook, Google and Your Job
Did you know...?
- More and more employees are reporting getting fired because of something they wrote on a blog, message board, or posted on their social network site?
- Employers are increasingly checking out their job candidates by Googling names and looking them up on social network sites like Facebook?
- That anything you post on the internet, even if you think it's private, has the potential to be seen by a wide variety of people?
What you can do (or don't do):
- Google your name to see what's out there about you.
- If you find anything negative or embarrassing, see if it can be removed (especially if you created it).
- Ensure that your social network site has your profile set to private (but realize that even then, your friends may not be discreet on-line with your information.)
- Don't brag on-line about drinking, drug use, excessive partying or stealing. These are all red flags for an employer.
- Don't trash your current manager or place of work on-line. If you need to vent, talk to a trusted friend.
- Don't provide links to websites with inappropriate content. Always remember your employer (or your Mom!) could see it.