How To Launch A Successful Job
If you are looking for a new job
opportunity or a change of direction in your current career then
you need to think about how you are going to do this. Here are
some suggestions on how to launch a successful job search to help
you in your goals.
Firstly you need to have an
up-to-date resume, which should be well organized and list all
relevant experience tailored to the types of jobs you are looking for.
You should list your key skills and include a mission statement
outlining your career goal. Be sure that your contact details are
current and correct.
Make sure that you are around to pick
up phone calls from prospective employers. If you miss a call then
make sure that your voicemail message is clear and professional and
free from amusing, quirky musical messages or jokes which can be
off-putting to busy HR departments.
Once you begin the job hunt you
should make sure that you use your existing contacts to check if they
know of any opportunities. Check in with family and friends, as there
may be a vacancy somewhere you hadn't thought about before. Put the
feelers out and ask around and make sure you have a resume at hand so
that your contacts can pass this on to the relevant job lead. Many
positions are not even advertised so it really makes sense to let
everyone know that you are on a mission to find work.
Use employment agencies offering
temporary positions as a foot in the door. Often these positions can
give you a chance to work in a range of different environments without
making a permanent commitment and if the place suits your needs then
employers see that you are actually doing the job, so you are in the
perfect position to apply for this if a permanent post arises.
Job search engines are a good way of
checking out the positions for large companies or for looking for
recruiting in a specific field such as education. Sometimes companies
have recruiting events and careers fairs and these are good ways of
building connections and finding a way into the company. You can
register with many job search sites and they will send you updates by
email of any positions that become available.
Websites are useful too because they
can advertise current positions at the company so just randomly
checking the sites of places you would like to work can yield positive
results. Always have your resume at the ready so that you can apply at
the time. Another useful tip is to have a template cover letter that
you can tailor to meet the needs of the job you are applying for.
If there is nothing advertised on the
site then be assertive and contact the HR department directly. Letting
them know you are looking for work will show initiative and they can
keep your resume on file should a job come up in the future.
Following these steps will help you
to launch a successful job hunt. Being alert and open to opportunities
can help you succeed.