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Best Job Search Skills To Get That Interview - And That Job!

Aug 18, 2007
Job search skills come more easily to some than others. Even though some people seem to be able to take looking for a job in their stride, for others, there's some learning to do - yet, the truth is these skills can be learnt and get better each time you use them.

And it's the same with interview techniques, the scariest experiences of all in achieving your goal of a great job. Yet here as well, though some are more relaxed and seemingly capable, there is much that can easily be learnt to make your efforts much more likely to succeed.

Getting Your Job Search Tactics Just Right

In the constantly changing world of employment, the skills you need to find the job you want, simply do not stand still. Just think of the difference ten years makes with the introduction of the Internet.

If you aren't web-savvy right now, then it's hard to imagine how you would ever be able to find the job you really love.

In a similar way, employers are using new methods of attracting the right employees, even going out into the marketplace head on to attract the people they want. No longer do they sit back and wait to see what sort of employees show up for their vacancies.

With the advent of job fairs, you are much more able to get along and strike up relationships with people who want you.

There's an old saying, which goes like this, 'If you don't ask, you don't get'. As Tim Ferriss says in his excellent book, 'The 4-Hour Workweek',

"I pulled out my trump card and sent one start-up CEO 32 consecutive e-mails. He finally gives in and puts me in sales".

Think Colonel Sanders and his fried chicken coating recipe. Think Edison and his light bulb.

A lot of effort can be wasted if you are looking for a job that is not the right one for you, so one of the best tips you can take is to ensure that the job you seek is right for you in every way.

If you don't, you'll really get frustrated, especially if you are seeking a change of direction.

Succeeding With Your Interview Tactics

Once you've landed a job interview, in the perfect job you've been looking for (remember that it's vital that you seek the right job), it's time to get smart and get ahead of the pack of other job hungry candidates.

Whether you have a straight face-to-face interview or it's a phone call to thin out the candidate group, there is a way to go about an interview that gets results.

So, how do you do that? Here are the top 5 ideas to help you:-

1) Build a small list of example experiences that you have had and link them to the job you are going for

2) Be prepared to talk about these experiences positively and about what you did personally

3) Make a good impression by engaging your interviewer in an informal conversation outside the interview if you can

4) Answer questions you are asked with information - remember this is for you to show your stuff and not be shy

5) Ask a few interesting questions to show you have an understanding of the job and/or organization

So there you have it, using and developing your job search skills to understand and then find the job you really want - then using great interview tactics to get the job on the day.

What are you waiting for? Get to it!
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