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Sometimes the desire for a steady paycheck is so strong that we’ll talk our way into jobs where we won’t be happy. And that’s not good for anybody. Here are some simple ways to make sure the job is right for you.

  1. 1.    Be honest about who you are. Let them know what kind of person you really are, and what kinds of challenges you’re looking for. If this isn’t the right job, they might know of another one that is.
  2. 2.    Ask about the company. Find out what it’s like to work there, what their plans are for the company, and what kinds of people succeed there.
  3. 3.    Be open. While it may be tempting to hide undesirable things, like a long lapse in employment, it can work against you. But if you can be open and honest about even the negative things, and tell them what you’ve learned along the way, they’ll be more likely to trust you over somebody who tries to say they’re perfect.

Remember, even though you may really want a job, you should also want the right one. When you enjoy your work, you’ll be more successful.

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Finding a job today takes much more than just looking through the want ads. But the good news is that you also have more tools to help you. Here are a few tips to help you find your next job.

  1. Make the time. Don’t make looking for a job your lowest priority. Instead, set aside time every day to work on your résuméresume, check listings, send emails or call potential employers.
  2. Complete an online profile. Sites like LinkedIn are popular with employers and can help you look like the real deal.
  3. Reach out to people. Tell everyone you know that you’re looking and what you’re looking for.
  4. Stay up on your industry. Read articles, attend events and get involved. Show prospective employers that you’re serious about your field.
  5. Search everywhere. Don’t limit your search to just one place. Check online job boards, company websites and even the newspaper.
  6. Be persistent (but not a pest). Follow up with potential employers and let them know you’re interested. But don’t be a pest about it. That can ruin your chances.

Stick with it and stay focused. The right job is out there waiting for you.


#15 What you do Online

When considering a job candidate, employers do everything they can to try to get a sense of who that person is. One way that’s becoming more popular is social media, and that’s where it pays to be careful.

It’s so easy to let our guard down on sites like Facebook and Twitter. After all, it’s just our friends, right? Not always. In fact, many employers will research job applicants on social media even before the job interview. And depending on what they find, it may hurt your chances of ever getting a job there.

So what can you do about it? If you’re looking for a job, do yourself a favor and take a look at your social media history. Consider deleting posts that might seem inappropriate or make you look less reliable than you are. Check your privacy settings to ensure your posts are only shared with those in your closest network. And if you can add a few posts that show your intelligence, that’s even better – just in case all that you think is private is not.

What you do online may not land you a job, but it can certainly keep you from getting it. So be careful out there.

# 9 Thank you NoteSo you dressed nicely, your résumé resume was perfect, and you asked smart questions. Is there anything else to nailing a job interview? There’s one more thing: the thank you note. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t forget this little detail.

  1. 1.    It’s good manners. Even employers want to know that you can be courteous. After all, you’ll be working with people all day long.
  2. 2.    It shows you can communicate. If you can write a nice, genuine thank you, that’s a good sign that you actually have those communication skills that others claim to have.
  3. 3.    You can say things you forgot. Sometimes an interview moves quickly and we don’t get to say all that we want to. The thank you note is your chance. Just keep it short.
  4. 4.    It reminds them who you are. Sometimes employers meet a lot of people. A memorable thank you note is a great way to help you stand out.

Pay attention to the details, and it could be difference between getting the job and just interviewing for it.

#11 Career Fairs

A career fair (also call job fair) is an event where you can talk to recruiters and hiring managers from many different companies at once. Some may be looking to hire right away, and some may not. But it’s a great opportunity to meet professionals and get your name in front of people in your field as part of your job search . Here’s a short list of tips to help you make a good impression.

  1. 1.    Dress nicely. Every employer you talk to is like a mini interview. So dress like you’re going to an interview. It’ll help you look more professional.
  2. 2.    Bring multiple copies of your résumé. You’ll be talking to a lot of people, so make sure you have a stack of copies of your résumé resume ready to hand out.
  3. 3.    Prepare your “elevator pitch.” Your “elevator pitch” is how you sum up your value as an employee in one minute or less. Write it ahead of time and practice it until it flows naturally.
  4. 4.    Arrive early. Plan time to park and get checked in, so you’re ready the minute the event starts.
  5. 5.    Be assertive and enthusiastic. Look them in the eye when you shake hands, and remember to show a positive attitude. This is no place for complainers.
  6. 6.    Keep cool. Don’t let the crowds get to you. Smile, be polite and focus on the benefits of being there.
  7. 7.    Network. Don’t just keep to yourself. Talk with people. Introduce yourself. Visit all the employers’ tables. You might discover something new.

There are some companies that have job fairs scheduled throughout the year. National Career Fairs, for example, runs fairs at over 300 locations. Other organizations, such as LI Works, have an event once or twice a year. Still others, including Women for Hire, focus on a particular audience.

Remember, you might not land a job that day. The goal is to meet people and get your name out there. And it’s great practice for interviews. Good luck!

Let’s face it; not every interview is going to be a home run. But following some smart advice from the folks at Dummies.com will help you interview better and improve your chances.

Have a conversation. Just giving answers to questions makes you seem boring. So try answering their questions with a brief story or adding more detail. You’ll come across as more engaging, and that’s a good thing.

Be positive. No employer wants to hire a complainer. So even when describing a bad experience or challenging work relationship, don’t gripe or complain. Instead, talk about how much you learned from the experience and how you’re glad for the challenge.

Don’t beg. No matter how much you want or need the job, begging will only make you seem desperate. Remember, employers don’t hire for charity; they hire to solve their problems.

Ask good questions. Prepare some questions to ask ahead of time and be sure to ask them. Good questions are often as valuable as good answers.

Plan and do your homework, and you can shine in any interview.

Your résumé is the first way a potential employer is going to get to know you and what you can do. But when you’re just starting out and don’t have much experience to show, volunteering can be a way to help fill in the gaps. You just need to do it right.

  1. Make it meaningful. Don’t just say, “Volunteered at the food bank.” Describe how what you did was good experience. For example: “Organized donations and arranged distribution to needy families.”
  2. Volunteer in your industry. Try to find volunteer opportunities in the field you want to work in, like at blood drives or clinics.
  3. Describe achievements. Did you raise money? How much? Serve needy families? How many?
  4. Ask your supervisor. Be sure to ask your volunteer supervisor what title would be most appropriate for you to list on your résumé. He or she may have some helpful ideas.
  5. Separate it from work experience. Be sure to keep paid jobs under “Work Experience” and volunteering under “Volunteering.” This will help prevent confusion and make your résumé easier to read.

Be sure to check outcareer planning services at Everest, including résumé workshops, formatting help and more.

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