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Tips For Successful Job Searching

Aug 17, 2007
The worst job of all must be job searching. Although busy all the time, you are not being paid. It is hard work but if you persist, in the end you will succeed. Your attitude toward job searching can often make the difference between being successful or not.

Your resume is the very first thing any prospective employer will see. It is an excellent marketing tool, provided it is done properly. You want to make a good impression with your resume and get a foot in the door. Your resume should list your personal details, education, work experience and skills. Be careful not to ramble on. Most people do not have the time to read endless pages of information. Be succinct and make it lively. If you cannot draw up a professional looking resume, make use of the services of a professional resume service.

Phone around and learn more about organizations you would like to work for. Don't wait for them to advertise a vacancy. Find out who the person responsible for hiring is. Make an appointment and deliver your resume in person. Explain to them that you would appreciate it if they would keep you in mind should a position become available. By having your resume there, you might just beat the crowd! Sometimes timing is everything!

A good way to prepare for an interview is by having a "mock" interview. Ask a friend or family member to interview you and give you honest feedback. This will enable you to correct anything from posture to handshake and tone of voice, should it be necessary.

Find out as much as you possibly can about the organization before the interview. Prospective employers appreciate it when they realize that you have a genuine interest in the company.

Be polite to everyone you meet from the moment you enter the premises. Greet the receptionist and any other people you encounter in a friendly manner.

You should be respectful of the interviewer, but at the same time not humble and meek. Make a positive impression with a firm handshake, while making eye contact.

Don't stare the interviewer down, but make regular eye contact. Speak in a clear voice and never mumble. Answer questions honestly. Don't act desperate, and don't show frustration.

At the end of the interview, shake the interviewer's hand and thank him/her for the opportunity. Ask when they expect to make a decision and whether they will let you know, or prefer you to get in touch with them.

Sending a thank you letter after the interview is very important. This gives you the opportunity to reiterate your interest in working for the company. It will also keep you on their minds a bit longer. Should you be on a shortlist, this might just balance the scale in your favor.

If you are invited to interviews but not getting offers, replay every interview in your mind. Try to isolate where you might be going wrong and practice improving it. The more you improve you interviewing skills, the better your chances of being hired will become.

Good luck and hang in there!

Remember, the more time and effort you put into your job search, the more likely it is you will find that dream job.
About the Author
Michael Murray is an author of career articles and owner of Cover Letters Report, a site all about writing a great cover letter.
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