Job Search Best Practices

First, I was doing some recruiting for a local paralegal position. Looked at a candidate’s resume, thought they might be a good fit, and gave them a call on their cell phone to schedule an interview. However, their ringback tone was a pretty “boisterous” rock tune. Not professional. I didn’t even leave a message. The person I’m conducting the search for is pretty conservative, so just from that call I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be a good fit. Was I right? I’ll never know. I made an assumption based on the song, and that I had plenty of other candidates to look at-I didn’t need to take a chance to figure it out.

In job searching and beyond, it’s not really who you know, its who knows you and is willing to promote you. The fact is you really are job searching throughout your entire career. Everyone you meet could potentially be an allie, neutral (think Sweden) or a foe. You want to build as many allies as possible. To build positive relationships, be a good citizen. Make others look good, offer your assistance as needed, and go out of your way to be generous with your time, expertise and talent.

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Read the big ads that may have information about coming events. When a company has a big event it may signal that they will need to hire. Study the ad to see if there is an underlying message. For example, an ad announcing the arrival of a brand new item like the latest and greatest “smart phone” may signal an upturn in business and a need for sales people, customer service or technicians.

It’s good for the soul and the spirit. But volunteering can also give you experience in areas that you want to develop professionally. Don’t have time to physically be there? Offer to write articles, make phone calls, or donate whatever your area of expertise is. You’ll make new contacts, improve your portfolio and just plain feel better. A book like The Social Cause Diet: Find A Service That Feeds Your Soul by Gail Perry Johnston (a local business owner!) can give you some fresh ideas and inspire you to do good!

Interview. Getting an interview alone is a positive step. Be prepared with questions and clear examples of how your work fits the position. Greet the interviewer and a firm (but not bone breaking) handshake.

What does this have to do with your job search? Perhaps you are clear about what job you want. Maybe you know what needs to be done in an effective job search. You know you need to craft a resume and cover letter, look for job openings, and network. You may know what to do in your job search, but do you know “how to” execute effectively?

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