Job search is not easy. But finding the right job can be one of the best things we ever do for ourselves. And there are a lot of job hunt tricks and techniques that can help you stand out from the crowd.
To help you learn how to find a new job – one that you really want – I put together links to some favorite Career Nook articles to help you find that special job (and even more special paycheck), even when searching in a tough job search market!
Getting your job search started
When you’re ready to begin looking for a new job, sometimes you just want to jump in. But it helps to know the things you can do that can help get you there faster.
How transferable skills can help your job search
Transferable skills make it possible for you to show a new employer than you DO have the skills … even if you’ve never done the specific job they are hiring for. Here’s what you need to know:
Guide for handling your job references
In the old days, they used to simply say “references available on request” at the bottom of a resume, and sometimes the employer would ask for them, and sometimes, if they liked you enough, they’d just go ahead an hire you. But in these days of being extra careful, expect to be asked for your references!
Here are some articles that include a SAMPLE reference sheet for you to use as a template, as well as information about what you can expect during this phase of the interview process, and different solutions to problems that may arise:
Fixing a stalled job search
If you aren’t getting any interviews – or at least not the ones you really want – don’t give up hope! There are still things you can do to turn things around for yourself.
Job search obstacles
Is there something getting in the way of finding that job you want – something that you haven’t yet thought of? Even when you think you’ve figured it all out, there may be less obvious things you need to think about. Or some obvious things that deserve a second look!
Job search tips for special circumstances
When it comes to finding a job, each situation is different. So here are some more articles that may be able to help you with special job search needs … and help get you to that job you really want!
Volunteering for job search
Job search isn’t always linear. Sometimes you have to find new ways to get an employer to notice you. Or to even hear about jobs that might not be listed in all the typical places.
How networking can help your job search
One of the most important things you can do to help boost your chances of finding a job – and more quickly than you would otherwise – is to get yourself comfortable with networking techniques that help uncover new job leads as well as people to support you during a tough time. Some articles to help:
Using social media for job search
Job search has become and online world. There are still time you can find a job without taking advantage of social media, but more and more, social media is your ticket toward better job search and better networking. I know it can be scary, but it’s more than worth the effort! Some tips to help:
How to deal with the “job hopper” label
One of the first things a resume screener does is look at your resume to see if there are too many short hops, meaning you’ve haven’t stayed in any one job for very long. Luckily, there are ways to get around this for many employers. Some articles I hope will help:
Dealing with those job search blues
The hardest thing about job search for almost every job seeker is just how lonely and frustrating the job search process can be. And how little feedback you get despite all your efforts. Some articles to help keep you motivated and sane!
How to handle the all-important interview
So when you finally get that interview you’ve been waiting for, what do you do? Do you just go in and wing it, trusting to your charm and intelligence? While no one can ace every interview, there are definitely things you can do to help make sure you give it your very best effort.
Don’t forget your resume and cover letter
You may be getting interviews, but are they the right ones? A great resume and cover letter that are targeted can help get you to jobs that are a better potential fit. They also help do the prep work for you by starting the employer off with a clear picture of someone who matches the job!