Posted by Nick Dutton - email
(WTOL) - If you're looking for a job, you have a lot of people giving you a lot of advice. Here are five practical suggestions you can use right now.
#1: TREAT JOB HUNTING AS A FULL TIME JOB
Keep your regular work schedule and spend that time preparing resumes, generating leads, following up.
Keep in mind that these are the regular business hours of the companies you're applying to, so it's the most productive job hunting time. And, staying in a routine is a huge emotional boost as well.
#2: EXPLORE ALL YOUR RESOURCES
Identify every option available to keep your name in front of potential employers. You are your own marketing director.
#3: NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!
Much of marketing yourself should be done face to face. Sign up for things like LinkedIn and Facebook. Find mixers and meet and greets for organizations in your field. Churches, friends and even your own family can be important contacts.
#4: TAILOR YOUR EFFORTS
Since you're working eight hours a day to find a job, you have time to make your resume and job hunting efforts unique to every job you're applying for. If you get an interview, research the company. That knowledge will make you interview better. And don't be afraid to apply to companies with no openings.
"Employers that want to stay on top of the game are always looking for every position in the office," says Eric Konoff of Claus Temporaries of America.
#5: CHECK OUT TEMPS AND RECRUITERS
Finally, check out those temp agencies and recruiters. They may help you develop leads you've never even thought of.
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