When you’re seeking a job or internship, there’s a lot to be thinking about from resumes to interviews, from personal branding to finding the postings to which you must apply. The whole process can often seem overwhelming.
Here are several general job search tips that may be useful in your online and offline job or internship efforts:
- The most effective job search starts with clarity about what type of position you are pursuing and focus the businesses best suited for your position.
- You should think through and create a job search plan that comprehends all of the working parts, volume and approach just like any project plan.
- While online posting and pursuit of those is easy, your best course of action will always be with and through personal contact.
- You will never be “done” with your resume. You will continue to modify it almost each time you give it to someone. Keep track of which version you give and to whom you give it.
- If you ask enough people their opinion of your resume, they will always give it. If you ask enough people, you will discover that those opinions will conflict. Limit how many people you ask for input from. There is no perfect resume.
- Don’t be intimidated about writing a good resume. There are tons of great online resources that will guide you and give you samples to help you with layout and terminology.
- It’s easy to lose focus on your job search because it takes time and energy. Make a schedule for working on your job search that you keep and when something comes up to impact your schedule, reschedule it just like you would an appointment.
- You should have multiple methods of search working at all times to maximize your opportunity for landing a job. Networking will always be the best method and is the most time consuming, online search is easy but very competitive and working with a recruiter is good if you have skills they need.
- Keep a record of all your activities and contacts. You will discover that over time and with enough volume that you simply can keep track of it all in your head. You may also want to use some of the contacts in the future so knowing you have the contact information will come in handy.
- The best way to prepare for an interview is to write your responses to various questions, read them out loud to solidify them in your mind and conduct mock interviews. Mock interviews can not only provide good practice but can provide you valuable input on your responses and body language.
- LinkedIn is considered the best online site for job seekers. Recruiters use it actively to source qualified applicants. Job seekers can find a wealth of connections for referrals.
- The biggest area of angst for job seekers is knowing when to call someone for follow up to a contact ranging from a phone screen to a personal interview. A good rule of thumb is to assume the process will move slower than planned, so if making a call, space it a week beyond what you think should happen.
- The best and fastest hiring process takes about 6 weeks from start to finish and that happens only if it involves few people and easy to find candidates. The process will take more time when you factor in vacations, holidays, multiple people’s availability and the difficulty in finding good candidates to interview. Most hiring managers underestimate the time it will really take to get to a job offer.
- Don’t stop your job search process when someone says they will make you an offer. Offers frequently fall through for a variety of reasons not related to the job seeker. When you stop your search and then restart it, there will be a gap of activities for an extended time. It takes more effort to restart than to simply keep it going.
- Not all job offers require a salary negotiation. Know your salary range target and if the offer fits in than range, accept it. If it doesn’t, counter with a discussion about their salary range for the position. Get insight so you know what kind of moving room you have.
This information was provided to you by MBA Highway. We hope you have found it useful to your job search and career development.