I have a number of clients who are actually adding to their workforce. Let me market you to some of these clients, after all the best jobs are never advertised!
How to prepare yourself for the job market?
You have to stand out in a very crowded field. Here are some ways you can do this:
- Your resume must be perfect. No room for grammatical errors or typos.
- Get out from behind your computer and start networking the old fashioned way. I’m all for social networking, but you must get out there and "press the flesh." It is all about timing. You may very well run into your old boss who happens to be hiring again.
- Define the value you can bring to an organization, rather than thinking about what they can do for you.
They should not rely on one method of job seeking as you need to have all pistons firing in order to make it to the finishing line.
Write a targeted resume and cover letter for each job prospect
For some job seekers, I suggest they have two or three versions of their resume. This may require a few tweaks here and there. Job seekers are advised to have several well-written cover letters that can be customized for the job they are applying for.
Practice answering some of the most common interview questions prior to the actual interview. Here are the three most common interview questions.
- How would your previous boss or co-workers describe your performance?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why should I hire you?
- Good manners and appearance never go out of style.
- A thank-you note is always appreciated.
- At the end of the interview, ask for the job and about the next step.
Be careful about submitting your resume to ‘blind" advertisements- It could be your own company.