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32 Job Seeking Tips and Techniques to Get You Hired

By Biron Clark

Published: November 1, 2023

Biron Clark

Biron Clark

Writer & Career Coach

I’ve shared hundreds of tips on LinkedIn based on my experience as a recruiter, and was even named a LinkedIn Top Voice for it.

This article is a compilation of my best job hunting tips and advice , taken from my posts that have received the most positive feedback from job seekers and other career experts.

If you read this entire article, you’re going to know a wide range of great job search tips and techniques that most other job seekers don’t know.

These aren’t just cookie-cutter tips. My goal here is to share unique, modern online job searching tips that can be difference-makers in your job hunt and career… whether you’re a student, new graduate, manager, or executive.

Let’s get started…

1. Where Employers and Recruiters Look First on Your Resume

Let’s start with some important resume advice for job seekers…

The first two places a recruiter looks on your resume:

It’s not skills. It’s not education… unless it’s 100% required for a job.

But otherwise… recruiters look at these two areas:

1. Your career intro/summary

This tells me who you are as a professional and some of your key accomplishments, all at a quick glance. It’s very useful for hiring managers and recruiters, and therefore one of the first places they’ll look.

To help you write a good summary, I have 10 examples contributed by various career experts (including professional resume writers) here.

2. Your most recent work history

This is the next place I’m looking as a recruiter, and it’s where I’ll judge whether you’re a fit for the job you’ve applied for.

Make sure this appears on the top half of page 1. Don’t make employers go “digging” for it.

For 3 examples of real resume work history sections that got job interviews, go here.

2. Nine Ways Your Resume Looks Outdated

1. You’ve listed a home address

2. You have an objective or statement of purpose

3. The template is text-heavy

4. There are too many stylistic embellishments

5. You included references on your resume or wrote “references available upon request”

6. You list basic skills like Microsoft Word

7. You have inconsistent formatting, which suggestions you’ve added bits and pieces over time but haven’t created a new resume in many years

8. You share personal details like marital status, hobbies, etc.

9. Your resume is too long – it should really be a highlight reel, not a list of everything you’ve ever done (Further reading: How many pages should a resume be? )

3. Your Resume Isn’t About You…

It’s about the employer.

When a hiring manager reads your resume, they’re thinking one thing:

“Does this person have the background needed to step into this job and succeed?”

They’ll decide the rest (like whether you’re a good cultural fit) in the interview.

When you realize that they’re thinking all about their job, and write your resume with the single goal of demonstrating how you’ll fit into that job, then you’ll have a resume that’s in the top 5-10% of all applicants.

And yes – if you go apply for a different type of job tomorrow, you should adjust your resume for that, too.

Tailoring your resume does take a bit more time, but it’ll get you far more interviews.

If you’ve only been sending out applications with a general resume, please give this a try.

It should help you immediately.

Applying for a high number of jobs doesn’t mean you’re being productive.

It’s all about getting interviews. This is how to get more.

4. Numbers and Data Are Key to Grabbing Employer Attention

Adding numbers and data to your resume:

You probably don’t have a great resume if it has no numbers/data.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.

If you’re a content editor for a publishing company you can say, “Edited and published 20+ articles per month for the company blog, read by 200,000+ monthly readers”.

If you’re an admin assistant you can say, “Assistant to the VP of Finance, who oversaw a 20-person team responsible for $19MM in annual revenue”.

I could go on and on with examples, but you’ll need to find the metrics that work for you.

My point is: They’re out there. They exist.

This is NOT just for people in sales.

Every single person with any work experience whatsoever should have numbers on their resume.

Here’s one last example, that I could have put on my own resume, from my first job as a cashier at Whole Foods Market:

“Served 100+ customers per day, handling thousands of dollars in cash with 99%+ accuracy”.

Anyone can do this. Everyone should do this. If you’re a recent graduate, then find numbers and accomplishments from your internships or even academic work. Did you lead any projects? Give any presentations? What did you do? That’s your work experience if you have no work experience!

5. How to Set up Your Resume to Land Your First Manager Job

A reader asked me for job search tips on this topic. They asked, “how can I set up my resume to get a Manager job if I’ve never had Manager in my title in the past?”

Here is the advice I gave:

If you’ve never been a manager but want that job, you need to show similar traits in past jobs.

Where did you lead in the past? Did you train anyone? Did you lead a project or task? Did you lead a meeting?

It’s not about having “Manager” in your title in the past (although I admit that helps!) – it’s about showing you’ve done some related tasks to prove you can succeed at this.

That’s where to start!

6. How to Tailor Your Resume to a Job Description

This is one of the most important online job search tips that I can share. With more than 100 applicants per position (on average), employers are always going to choose to interview candidates with resumes that are tailored to their needs and their job requirements.

Here’s how to do this quickly and easily:

1. Look at your resume and the job posting side-by-side.

2. Begin by re-ordering bullet points and other content to match the job description. If the employer mentions leadership as the first point, you should move your leadership bullet points higher up to match this.

3. Consider adding bullets and other content. Maybe you saw something on the job description that you’ve done, but hadn’t mentioned. Put it in!

4. Now that we’ve re-ordered content and added content (steps 2 and 3), you should remove irrelevant content. Many job seekers are afraid to do this, but removing “filler” content will help the employer see your most relevant info… which will get you more interviews.

If you want more help with this, go here.

7. How Many Pages Should Your Resume Be?

A job seeker came to me and said they were struggling to condense their resume length. It was three pages.

Here’s my reply – pretty much word for word – with multiple resources to help:

I’d start to really think about whether each line or each piece of info is helping you prove to employers that you’ll be successful in THEIR job. That’s what it’s all about.

This article about “tailoring” your resume has more info.

And make sure your Employment History section doesn’t have any big paragraphs or “blocks” of text.

I’d try to keep it well-spaced and easily-skimmed. Bullet points, 1-2 sentences per paragraph in places where you’re not using bullets, etc.

Here are examples.

Also, I just published a guide to how many pages your resume should be , dispelling the myth that your resume needs to be X number of pages and sharing what to really focus on instead. It might be worth a read if people are telling you “your resume needs to be 1 page”, etc.

8. Great Topics to Ask About in an Interview

1. The job – duties, goals, challenges, etc.

2. The team – goals, work environment, culture, etc.

3. The company overall – long-term goals, how your role fits into the organization as a whole, etc.

4. The interviewer – how/why they joined the company, what they like about it, what they find challenging

5. The interview process – when you can expect feedback, when they plan on making a decision, what they’re hoping someone new can bring to this role, etc.

For more unique/stand-out questions, read this article on 26 unique questions to ask employers.

9. Be Ready to Explain Why You Want Each Employer’s Job

I run into a lot of job seekers who are frustrated when employers ask, “Why do you want this job?” or “Why did you apply?”

They think: I need a job. Isn’t that good enough?

It’s not, though. Most jobs get 100+ applicants.

If you were the only applicant, saying, “I need a job and you’re hiring,” could work.

But since there are 100 other applicants, doesn’t it make sense that the employer would look for slightly more?

They want someone who’s interested in their type of work, who researched their company, who has career goals and can highlight how this job fits into their long term future.

Go above and beyond and be ready to impress when they ask why you applied! It will change your entire interview.

10. You Should Also Know What You Want in a Job in General…

Employers also love to ask, “What are you looking for in your next position?”

So study the job description and talk about their role, not just yourself, when you answer this type of interview question!

Here’s a sample answer:

“I enjoy working as part of a team, so one thing that I’m targeting in my next position is a collaborative, team-focused environment. Based on what I saw from researching your company and reviewing the job description, it sounds like that’s the type of work culture you promote here, so I’m excited to learn more about the opportunity today.”

Further reading: Example answers to, “What are you looking for in your next position?”

11. Advice for Job Seekers Interviewing for a Senior-Level Position

1. Be ready to show off specific accomplishments from your past work in detail.

2. Talk about the future just as much as the past; make them picture a future with you.

3. Get personal and sell yourself as an individual, not just a professional. Build rapport, learn about the interviewer, etc.

4. Research the people you’re speaking with. This will help you with step 3 above, and will help you anticipate what types of questions you’re likely to be asked, too.

5. Practice storytelling – this is a powerful way to make your answers more memorable.

6. Prepare open-ended questions to create a dialogue. For example, “What does it take to be successful here?” or “What is something you’re hoping a new person can bring to this role?”

7. Reference past conversations. If it’s a second or third interview, share ideas and topics you’ve discussed in previous interviews. Show you’re engaged in the process and absorbing all of the information they’re sharing.

12. Four Key Steps to Take After Every Interview

1. End each interview by asking when you can expect to hear feedback. This will help you know when to follow up and will reduce stress.

2. If you’re unsure when to follow up, wait 5 business days after the interview.

3. Once it’s past the time they said, or past 5 business days, send a polite interview follow-up email asking them if they have any updates, and reminding them you’re still excited about the job.

4. If they say they don’t have any updates yet, say “no problem”, and ask when they’d recommend following up again. Now you know when to check back in with them.

It’s important to never sound desperate or frustrated during these exchanges, though. That will NOT get you hired. So stay calm and polite.

I’d also recommend sending an interview thank you email or letter within 24 hours of the interview.

13. Two Great Phone Interview Tips

1. They can’t see you, so take advantage.

Print out your resume. Print out the job description. Circle or highlight things you want to talk about. Jot notes to yourself (before and/or during the conversation).

This can give you a huge advantage. You can write questions you want to ask them about their job. You can write accomplishments you want to talk about in your recent work, etc.

2. The fact they can’t see you can also be a disadvantage… so don’t let it be! Here’s what I mean:

They can’t see your body language on the phone. They can only hear you. So you need to make sure you’re showing energy/interest in your tone of voice.

I recommend standing up to speak, and try smiling while you talk. Yes – smile even though nobody can see you.

This is a trick I learned working in recruitment & sales. Smiling will make you sound more friendly and enthusiastic.

If you want even more help preparing for your phone interview, here’s an article with the top questions employers ask, and how to answer them: Phone interview questions & answers.

14. What Top Employers like Google Look For

I just watched a YouTube video where a Google software engineer describes interviewing candidates.

“I ask them about the sort of work they’ve done in the past, and what they want to do.”

This ties into a job search tip I shared earlier:

It’s NOT enough to show an employer you can do their job. You need to also show them why you WANT their job.

Right away, this interviewer is looking at both pieces together. It’s not just about what you’re capable of.

Employers… especially top employers like Google… want to know your interests, why you applied, what you’re passionate about, and what your goals are.

They want someone who will enjoy the role and stay a long time (so the effort they put into training you pays off).

Here are a few interview question & answer resources to help you prepare for these topics:

  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

15. How to Get Recruiters to Help You in Your Job Hunt

This next piece of advice for job seekers is important and is a topic that’s often misunderstood…

Most recruiters in staffing companies are given specific roles to work on. And they’re paid if they fill them.

So they’re working to find people for jobs; they’re not working to find jobs for people!

That’s a huge difference, so stop and read that again if that doesn’t make sense at first.

online job search tips - recruiter added me on linkedin

Recruiters will still help you, but here’s the key – you should try to target recruiters who specialize in your field.

They’re a lot more likely to help if they think there’s a reasonable chance that they can land you a job with one of the employers they work with!

It’s better to message 5 recruiters who work in your area of expertise than 50 random recruiters.

View their LinkedIn first.

Find recruiters whose profiles make it clear that they can help YOU. (based on industry, job function, and city).

Then, when you reach out, show them you did your research.

Say, “Hi Sarah, I saw you recruit for biotech start-ups here in Seattle. I’m a….”

You’ll immediately get their attention if you do that.

Then, you can be clear and direct. Explain your background very briefly and ask if they think it might be worth working together.

Here’s a full example:

advice for job seekers - how to contact recruiters

You can find more info and templates in this LinkedIn cold messaging guide.

16. Employers Do NOT Care if You’re “Actively Seeking” Opportunities

This next tip is some of the best advice for job seekers that I can give… and was my most popular LinkedIn most of all time.

But it also upset a few people and was a bit controversial.

If you can absorb this general idea and adapt your job search techniques and strategy around it, you’ll get much better results, though.

So, here’s the basic idea: Employers don’t care if a candidate is actively looking for jobs. 

That’s not what attracts them. They’ve got 100+ applicants. They have no issue finding people who are seeking jobs.

They want someone with the specific skills needed to step into their role and succeed.

So here’s an example of where job seekers go wrong with this…

If you’re starting your LinkedIn headline with “actively seeking,” it’s a missed opportunity to SHOW these skills.

At the very least, say something like, “B2B Sales Rep Actively Seeking New Role”.

That way, you’re leading with what matters most.

I’d still prefer something like, “B2B Sales Rep | $2MM+ in Revenue 2019”

That’s better. It has more accomplishments to set you apart.

But if you think employers are going around just looking for active job seekers to scoop up, they’re not. They’re looking for talent.

Why else would they pay recruiters tens of thousands of dollars to fill a single key role?

They are getting applicants. But they’re looking for specific things.

You can use this concept with more than just a LinkedIn headline, but that’s where I see job seekers go wrong most often with this concept.

17. Little-Known Job Searching Tip: Use Video to Stand Out

Here’s a job-landing trick nobody’s talking about:

Don’t just send a written application and/or resume… send a one-minute video.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…

“This sounds like more work..”

“But I’m shy” or “I don’t do well on video”.

It doesn’t matter. Just making the effort will separate you from other job seekers A LOT.

And that’s the key… because most full-time jobs get more than 100 applicants these days!

If you think you’re going to stay 100% in your comfort zone, do what every other job seeker is doing, and still get noticed… it’s not going to work.

So research the company, record a one-minute video with your smartphone, and talk directly to them about why you like their company/job, and what you’d help them achieve/solve.

Then upload it to YouTube as “unlisted” (That way, it won’t appear in any searches. Only people with the link will see it).

Then, when you apply by email or any other method, put a note that you recorded a one-minute video for them, and share the link.

It’ll get watched, I guarantee it. And it’ll get you more interviews.

Plus, you’ll become more confident and comfortable the more you do this.

Of course, this works better in some industries than others. So use your best judgment. If you’re a marketer, for example, it’d work great. I’ve had software engineering managers say they don’t want to watch a video, though.

But my advice either way is: TEST it. Just send a few. YouTube will allow you to see how many times the video has been watched, so you’ll know pretty quickly if it’s working based on the number of views, and the number of interviews you’re getting.

18. Apply Even if You Don’t Meet Every Requirement

Here’s the truth:

A job description is just the company’s wish-list. You never know if something is a hard requirement or not.

If you meet a job’s requirements by at least 60-70%, you should apply. You really never know.

19. You Don’t Always Need a Cover Letter

You DON’T need a cover letter with every online job application… and you might be wasting hours sending them.

According to Harvard Business Review, there are only a few specific scenarios where a cover letter is truly needed.

I explain in detail in my new article:

Do you need to send a cover letter?

In short, you should send a cover letter if you know the hiring manager’s name and/or were referred for the job or know something specific about the job requirements.

In that case, pointing out some key pieces of your background and how they relate to this job can help you win the interview. (Rather than leaving the analysis entirely up to the hiring manager).

However, if you don’t know the hiring manager and don’t know anything specific about the job’s requirements other than what’s on the job description, I recommend you SKIP the cover letter and let your resume speak for itself.

The main benefit: Saving HOURS.

I explain everything in more detail in my article here.

If you’re a job seeker who has been sending a cover letter with every job application, then this should save you a lot of time!

20. Job Search Networking Tip: How to Break the Ice

The most important part of online networking in a job search is: How to start the conversation and break the ice (without getting ignored).

If you don’t get that part down, then you can’t do anything else. It’s all about getting a reply.

Keep the message short and well-spaced to avoid overwhelming them at first glance, and ask for something small to start.

For example, if you’re looking for a new job…you could say:

I was thinking of applying to XYZ company. How have you enjoyed the work environment since joining? I read some positive reviews online but I always like to ask about this type of thing first-hand.

That will get you more replies and open the door to a longer conversation where you can build a relationship, which is what networking is really about.

But if you start by saying “Can you help me get a job at XYZ company?” that’s a HUGE request and most people won’t be comfortable replying.

Here’s a full article with more tips on cold outreach for networking.

21. Networking Can Be Your Job Search “Unfair Advantage”

I saw a LinkedIn post recently that was encouraging people to network because you’ll get more interviews if you’re introduced to a company.

(Which is 100% true, and is great job hunting advice!)

But then I saw someone left a comment saying it’s unfair that companies “play favorites” like this.

This caught my eye for a few reasons.

1. I don’t think this constitutes “playing favorites”. It’s just common sense for how to run a business.

If I need to hire a web designer, and I’ve got 100 online applicants, but then my friend says, “I know a great designer who has helped me on two projects. You should talk to them!”… then of course I’m going to interview them (probably first).

Businesses want to limit their risk. They want to hire people who are likely to succeed. And therefore, of course they’re going to trust a recommendation from someone they know.

2. I also think there’s no sense in complaining about this fact because ANYONE can go out and learn this. Anyone can network.

I teach this in my Job Search Accelerator course , and in many of my free materials. And so many other people do too.

So there’s really no excuse to not learn the basics of networking and start using it along with other job search techniques that you’re already using.

You can message new people. You can reconnect with past colleagues. You can join groups/communities online.

But it’s up to you to do it. I highly recommend learning this skill. It has a huge potential payoff.

22. Make Everything About the Employer

This next piece of job search advice applies to almost everything you do – from your resume and cover letter to your LinkedIn profile.

Here it is:

If you want to get noticed by employers and get more interviews … make your messaging about THEM as much as possible.

Think about the commercials you see on TV. It’s never about the company. It’s about you .

Have you seen a McDonald’s ad saying, “We’re looking to sell more burgers. Please buy burgers this month”?

Never. Because it wouldn’t work.

The ad shows a juicy burger and is all about how YOU’LL feel with their product. Satisfied, happy, full!

Yet I see job seekers with LinkedIn headlines like, “Seeking a new opportunity”.

That’s 100% about what you want, but mentions nothing about what an employer will gain by hiring you. What are your skills? What did you accomplish in your last job? That’s what employers care about.

Companies like McDonald’s spend millions on advertising and have great people putting their campaigns together. There’s something you can learn from that!

Make your messaging all about your audience. That’s how you’ll get noticed and sell yourself successfully.

23. Break Down Your Job Search Step-by-Step to See What to Fix

If you’re not getting interviews, it’s your resume or how you’re applying for jobs.

If you’re getting interviews but no job offers, it’s your interview skills (NOT your resume).

Job seekers email me asking for help, and they’re not always sure what to “fix” or work on, so I thought this would help.

If you need more help figuring out what to “fix” in your job hunt based on what results you’re seeing, I wrote this guide that breaks everything down further.

24. Don’t Worry About Job Titles

I see a lot of job seekers get caught up on job title…

The role is good. The pay is good. But they’re not sure about the title.

My advice: Take that job.

Future employers will focus on your past responsibilities. They’ll be able to figure out your level (by scope of work, or past salary if you share it).

Or, you could ask this employer to adjust the title. They may say “no” but it’s worth asking.

Either way, I’d take the job.

If you’re worried about a title holding you back… here’s how you could handle it next time you change positions.

Let’s say the interviewer asks, “Why are you ready for a Senior Director role? I see you’ve been at the Manager level for the past year.”

You’d say:

My current employer has job titles that aren’t in line with the overall market, and my role here is equivalent to a Director in other firms. When I took this job, the starting pay was $100,000, while I saw some Director jobs paying $80,000-$90,000 in this same industry. So I’m at the Director level now, and my responsibilities are on-par with Directors in other firms.

Further reading: Why job titles aren’t that important.

25. Don’t Ignore Opportunities Just Because You’re Employed

This is a huge career mistake that I see.

I think most people see job hunting or job change as “all or nothing”.

They’re either in a full-on job search…

Or they’re “not interested”… no matter what opportunity comes across their desk or what a recruiter says to them.

That’s the mistake.

Some of the best opportunities can come up when you’re already employed and pretty happy.

In fact, that makes you a lot more attractive to top employers. They see you performing well and happy in a job, and it makes them want to convince you to switch over and help THEM.

So if you’re only putting in effort on LinkedIn, networking, talking to recruiters, and considering jobs when you’re desperate, you’re holding yourself back in your career.

26. The BEST Type of Company to Apply to

If you’re struggling to get hired, or just want an easier job search, find growth-stage companies that are hiring multiple people for the role you want.

This is how I landed my first job as a Recruiter.

The company was growing extremely fast and was looking to hire 10 entry-level people all at once.

So I didn’t need to be the best in the interview. I just had to be pretty good.

There’s a huge difference between going up against 10 people and having to be #1, versus just having to be pretty good.

AND – after you get hired, you’ll have great opportunities to advance and grow because the company is growing so fast.

This is how I got a chance to be a Project Manager, how I got a chance to train/mentor new hires, etc.

I received so many great opportunities that propelled my career forward (and my confidence), all because I joined a growth-stage company that was expanding quickly.

Here’s how to get started with this:

INC publishes a list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies each year. Search Google for “INC 5000 fastest growing companies” and start applying!

27. Don’t Stop Job Searching Until You’ve Signed an Offer

I’ve seen so many job seekers stop everything and wait for feedback from one interview because they “know it’s the one”.

Along with risking a setback if they don’t hire you, it also lowers your confidence and raises your anxiety/nervousness when communicating with that company throughout the process, because you have no leverage and no other options!

Even if you have an amazing interview, you should still go home and apply for more jobs.

It’s going to do nothing but give you more options and boost your confidence with that company you loved!

And… there’s more than one amazing job out there. Stopping because you landed one interview for one job is a gamble, not a strategy.

At the bare minimum, wait until you’ve accepted a job offer to stop searching and tell other companies that you’re off the market. I might even wait until I’ve set a start date or had my first day of work, because you just never know what could happen!

28. Build Skills to Bolster Job Security

How can you get better job security?

Is it working in a start-up? Or a large corporation?

It doesn’t matter. Both types of companies have layoffs, eliminate departments, restructure, shut their doors, etc.

The only REAL way to get job security is to build high-income skills that employers are looking for .

I’d recommend focusing on taking positions where you’ll build the most relevant, high-value skills for your industry and position.

That’s a much better approach than going through your career in fear, constantly choosing the safest choice just to slightly reduce your odds of being laid off.

Take control. Play offense instead of playing defense!

29. Watch Out for Counter-Offers

Should you accept a counter-offer?

Picture this…

You get a job offer so you go to your boss to resign. They say, “Wait, we really want to keep you. We’ll give you a $10,000 raise and make you a Team Lead.”

Sounds good, right?

There are a couple of big reasons to say, “no”, though.

  • If you were job searching, there’s a good chance there were multiple reasons, not just salary. Those reasons are all still going to be bothering you if you return.
  • Your relationship with your boss will change. They know you were about to leave and they’ll be wondering if you’re going to do it again soon, so they aren’t going to work as hard to support you, get you opportunities, etc.
  • They may even look to replace you in 6-12 months.

When you go to resign, they’re only thinking about the short-term. There are deadlines to hit. Work to be done. And it takes time/energy to replace you, so they want to keep you for the short-term.

And they’ll say pretty much anything to do that.

There’s no guarantee that the long-term solution isn’t to replace you, though, when the timing is right for THEM.

This is why I recommend saying “no” to a counter-offer.

For more info on the risks of accepting a counter offer, read the full article here.

30. Failure is a Part of Success, Not the Opposite

I’ve failed in more jobs than I’ve succeeded…

I started as a cashier at Whole Foods, got promoted to Supervisor, but then wasn’t mature enough, made mistakes, and was asked to step down to cashier.

I resigned.

I was fired from another job right after graduating from university.

Anxiety got the best of me, I didn’t learn the job well, and they let me go.

As a recruiter, I did well. But I got promoted to Project Manager and hated that, too. More anxiety. I was unhappy and asked to be demoted.

I was back to just working as a recruiter but knew this wasn’t my dream.

I wanted more.

Finally, I found something that works for ME – online business.

It’s not for everyone, but it’s what I needed to succeed and to play to my strengths.

My point is:

  • Everyone’s strengths are different. It’s okay if you fail at a few things; you’re just finding out what you’re good at!
  • If you’re not where you want to be yet, it’s okay. This isn’t the end. Just keep going.
  • You only need to become great at one thing to make a lot of money.

I’ve seen this over and over again among friends/colleagues and know it to be true!

You can fail at 10 things, and find one that you are great at, and you’re going to be successful.

31. Have a Narrow Focus

You’re not limiting yourself by being narrow in your job search and targeting certain things.

Employers LOVE this.

They want to hire someone who has a clear goal in mind and can explain why this job fits what they want!

The truth is: You’re limiting yourself by NOT taking the time to identify what you want and target it.

If you’re willing to take any job, you’re very likely to end up with no job.

Sit down and think about your skills, strengths, and goals, and what type of role you really want!

I promise… you’re not missing out on opportunities by targeting one or two industries and ignoring the rest… or by targeting one or two job titles and not applying for anything else.

And you’re definitely not missing out by going into interviews and clearly explaining what you’re looking for and what you want to do!

I wouldn’t hire you until you can explain that, and most employers won’t, either.

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32. Stop Over-Analyzing and Just Start!

It’s funny that people don’t start something because they’re afraid to fail… when the only guaranteed way to fail is to not start.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

How close is that to what you’re doing now?

How can you give your goals a shot without taking on too much risk?

If it’s a business idea, you can test/validate most ideas with just a few hundred dollars these days.

If it’s a career change, you can try to set up a few informational interviews or virtual coffees with people from the industry. Surely you can find one or two people who moved into the industry who are willing to tell you what it took and how it went.

And sure, you might fail. But you might succeed.

I think too many people ask themselves, “What if it doesn’t work?” and forget to ask, “What if it does work?”

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The Ultimate Guide to Job Hunt - Land Your Next Job in 2023

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Looking to land your dream job, but not sure where to start?

We don’t blame you - job hunt is far from easy. You need to:

  • Find the jobs that are a perfect match for your skills.
  • Edit your resume to perfection.
  • Write that pesky cover letter.
  • Answer all those interview questions.
  • And that’s just the start.

If all that feels overwhelming for you, you’re not the only one. A lot of people consider job-search to be a scary, daunting process .

But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be. The main reason people consider job search to be hard is that they don’t really understand it too well. After all, job searching is a skill on its own.

If you know the ins and outs of resume creation, job interviews, and all other pieces of the process, you’ll see that the job-search process is actually very easy!

This brings us to this guide. We wanted to create the most comprehensive guide to job hunt in the world , something that can turn a job search newbie into an expert in no time! And, well, hope we succeeded!

  • Write an Irresistible Resume (That’s Also ATS-Friendly)
  • Create a Convincing Cover Letter (That Doesn’t Look Like a Copy-Paste)
  • Ace the Upcoming Interview (Even If You’re an Introvert)

But first, let’s start with the basics:

What Does Job Hunting Mean?

Job hunting, job seeking, or job searching is the process of looking for employment, whether it’s because of unemployment, dissatisfaction with the current role, or any other reason.

The job hunt process usually looks something like this:

  • Define your career goals. What kind of role are you looking for? Do you want to stick with your current field, or make a career switch?
  • Create a resume. Write a resume that’s easy to read, concise, and convincing.
  • Pick job boards you want to use. There are dozens of job boards in just about any country. Pick the ones you want to use.
  • Apply Rationally. When applying for jobs, don’t spray and pray. Instead, apply specifically for the companies and positions you’re a good fit for.
  • Research companies you want to apply for. Don’t just blindly apply for positions - research the role and the company and see if they’re a good fit for you.
  • Write a tailored cover letter. Don’t just use a copy-paste cover letter template. Explain to the recruiter why you’re a good fit for the role AND for the company.
  • Tailor your resume to the role. Don’t just submit the same resume to every position. Tailor it based on what skills and experiences each employer is looking for.
  • Ace the interview. Memorize the common interview questions, practice, and ace the interview.
  • And most importantly, get hired!

In this article, we’re going to cover each of these steps one-by-one, starting with #1!

And no, job search isn’t something you do in one evening. You don’t just decide to look for a job on Monday, submit 2-3 applications, get a call for an interview, and land the job.

We wish it was that easy!

In fact, the average job search process can take up to 5 months from the day you submit your first application, to the day you get hired.

What this means is that you should be looking for your new position proactively and on-the-go. You should submit 5-10 relevant applications every day, 5 days a week.

Step #1. Define Your Career Goals

Before you even get started with the job hunt, you need to decide on your exact career goals.

When thinking about your career goals, think about it strategically.

First, define where you want to be in 5-10 years. Do you want to be in a management position or a more senior role?

Then, define what kind of skills and experiences you’d need in order to get hired for that position.

Finally, look for the positions that are likely to give you the skills and experiences to get you to that level.

Some other things to consider at this stage are:

  • Are you applying for a similar position to what you have now?
  • Are you completely switching careers? In that case, you might want to learn how to make a career change resume .
  • Where do you want to be in 5 years’ time? How is the job you want to apply for going to help you get there?
  • Are you applying for a role more senior than your experience level? Do you have the skills for it? 

Are you a recent graduate, not sure of what career path is the right for you?

Just go for whatever feels right, and try it on for a year. You’re not getting married to your first job or career choice. You can always switch if you don’t like it!

Step #2. Create a Convincing Resume

This one can be a 5,000-word guide on its own - there’s a lot that comes into play when creating a good resume.

If you want a full run-down, check out our dedicated guide to writing a resume .

If you’re just looking for a quick start, though, here are the cliff notes:

Like step #1 , you need to pick a resume template . We recommend going with one of our favourites here:

resume examples for job hunt

Then, you need to decide on what content you’re going to include in your resume. The must-have ones are:

  • Contact information
  • Personal statement
  • Work experience
  • Educational history

And the optional ones are:

  • Hobbies & interests
  • Extracurricular activities (perfect for students)
  • Volunteering experiences

Now, as for getting your resume contents done right, here are some of our top resume tips :

Tip #1. Use a professional email address (e.g. [name] + [last name]

Tip #2. Mention achievements instead of responsibilities wherever possible. The recruiter already knows what your role involved. What they want to see is how YOU stand out.

Tip #3. Stick to relevant work experience. The recruiter doesn’t have to know about your first internship or a part-time job you worked 10 years ago. Mention only recent & relevant work experiences on your resume. The golden rule here is to include your last 3-5 positions tops.

Tip #4. No work experience? No problem! Recruiters don’t actually expect you to have work experience if you’re a student. Just fill up your resume with the experience you DO have (coursework, extracurricular activities, projects, etc.). For more on this, check out our guide to the student resume .

Tip #5. Back up your skills . You can’t just say “I have leadership skills” without backing it up. All skills you mention in your resume should somehow be backed up with practical experiences on how you applied this skill in real-life.

Tip #6. Make your resume ATS-friendly. In 2020, over 75% of all recruiters and hiring managers use applicant tracking systems to filter through their candidates. Meaning, unless your resume is well-formatted, chances are, the ATS might not be able to read it and automatically discard it.

Making your resume ATS-friendly is a very lengthy topic, though. To learn everything about ATS resumes , check out our dedicated article.

Tip #7. Use a resume builder . Alternatively, if you want to avoid all the hassle of formatting your resume, you can use a resume builder like Novoresume. 

Our builder works with all the most popular applicant tracking systems out there, ensuring that your resume gets a pass every single time!

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Want to learn more about how to make a convincing resume? Check out some of our top resources:

  • How to Write a Resume Summary
  • How to Pick the Right Resume Format
  • How to Make a No-Experience Resume

Step #3. Pick a Job Board

There are dozens of job search sites in just about every country, so you’ll have to pick the ones you’ll focus on.

Some of our favourite international job boards include:

Or, you can also use some of the niche job boards for specific professions or industries:

  • - IT & tech job board where companies apply to YOU instead of the other way around.
  • Dribble & Behance - The most popular job boards for designers.
  • WeWork Remotely & Flex Jobs - Job boards dedicated to remote work.
  • AngelList - Looking for a job in a startup? AngelList is a job board dedicated to positions in early-stage companies.

Are you a high-skill professional with years of work experience? You can also look for a job with the help of recruitment specialists.

You can do this by applying to recruitment agency websites online, or reaching out to professional recruiters in your area, and asking if they have something relevant for your skill-set.

Step #4. Apply Rationally

The most common (and wrong) approach to job-search is to spray and pray. Meaning, apply to dozens of positions every day and hope that one of them sticks.

This is not just annoying for recruiters, but also very impractical and unlikely to work for the job-seeker.

If you spray and pray, you’re not just going to get rejected from the jobs you’re not qualified for, but also the ones you’re a perfect match for (because you didn’t tailor your application for their company and position).

Instead, when applying for jobs, we recommend:

#1. Apply only for the positions you’re genuinely interested in and qualified for. E.g. if you’re a junior finance analyst with 2 years of experience, you’re never going to get the role of a senior banker - that’s just not what the recruiter is looking for.

And #2. Apply to 5-10 positions every day, 5-days a week. Job-search is a process, it’s not something you do in one evening and call it a day. For the average job-seeker, the job-search process can take up to 5 months, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get good results in just a week!

Step #5. Research The Companies & The Positions

Before you hit that “Apply” button, you should do some research on the company and position. And trust us, this is going to really help with your job hunt!

You’re going to use the information you find for:

  • Tailoring your resume to the job.
  • Personalizing the cover letter for the position/company.
  • Answering the interview questions better.
  • Negotiating for a better salary.

Here’s how you can do your research:

First, check the company background information . Here’s the information you should be looking for:

  • What’s their product/service? Do you have experience working with something similar? If that’s the case, you’d mention this in your cover letter or interview.
  • What’s their company culture like? You can learn this from GlassDoor reviews. Is the culture the type you’d get along in? Mention this in your interview or cover letter (and explain how/why!).
  • What’s the latest news/developments at the company? You can mention this at the interview to “wow” your interviewer!

Then, read the job description in-depth , and really understand what the role is about:

  • Do you have all the skills & work experience mentioned in the job description? If so, does your resume reflect this?
  • Did you mention all the must-have skills in your resume? 
  • Is this position a good match for you at this current time? I.e. Do you have the skills and years of experience for it? Or are you overqualified?
  • What are the most important experiences required for the role? Make sure that you make them “pop’ on your resume & cover letter.

Finally, you can also research the following:

  • What’s the average salary range for this role with your years of experience?
  • What’s the average salary for a similar position to yours in the company? You can find this information on GlassDoor, and use it as a salary negotiation leverage.
  • Does the company really seem like the type of place you’d enjoy working? You can learn this from reading up online reviews.

Step #6. Write a Tailored Cover Letter

A cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application (alongside your resume).

The average cover letter is approximately 250 to 400 words long , and it acts as a pitch for your resume.

See, your resume is just an objective account of your past experiences, skills, and education.

A cover letter, on the other hand, is a written document on how you’re going to use these experiences and skills to help the company you’re applying for.

A well-written cover letter should be structured as follows:

job hunt cover letter

As for your cover letter contents, here are some of our best tips:

Tip #1. In your cover letter, mention: 

  • The role you’re applying for.
  • Your top skills (that are relevant for the role).
  • Top 2-3 biggest achievements that are going to help you succeed with your new role.
  • Why you’re passionate about working for the company you’re applying for. Is it their product/service? Their company culture? Mission?

Tip #2 . Don’t sound robotic. Look at the cover letter as a personal letter to the recruiter in charge of the hiring process. Convince them that you’re the right choice!

Tip #3. Tailor your cover letter to the role. For each position you’re applying for, either completely re-write or tweak your cover letter.

Tip #4. Want your cover letter to stand out? Use one of our well-designed cover letter templates .

Tip #5. Need some inspiration? Check out our top cover letter examples . Or, here’s one for good measure:

cover letter for job hunt

We’re often asked, “do cover letters even matter? I’ve read somewhere that no one actually cares about them anymore!”

Yes, they do matter. Given, if you’re a senior professional with a very in-demand skill-set, you can get hired even if your cover letter is awful. Or on the other hand, if you’re really underqualified for a role, a cover letter won’t change the recruiter’s mind.

However, a good cover letter can still:

  • Grab the recruiter’s attention (even if you’re not super qualified for the role).
  • Allow you to stand out from the rest of the candidates who are as skilled as you are.
  • Tip the scales in your favour. If the recruiter has to invite 1 out of 2 equally skilled candidates for an interview, they’re going to call the one with a more convincing cover letter.

For more top content on cover letters, check out some of our best articles:

  • How to Start a Cover Letter
  • How to Write a Motivational Letter
  • How to Address a Cover Letter

Step #7. Tailor Your Resume to the Role

Most job-seekers create a single resume and apply to dozens of positions with it.

That’s actually a wrong approach - you want to tailor your resume to each position you’re applying for.

Chances are, you’re not just applying for this one specific type of role. E.g. if you’re a sales professional, you could be applying for 4+ types of positions:

  • Sales specialist
  • Sales team lead
  • Outreach specialist
  • Pre-screening sales specialist

And depending on which role you’re applying for, you’d want to tweak your resume.

If you’re applying for the role of a sales team lead, for example, your resume should talk about your experiences with managing a team, rather than personal sales results.

  • Managed a team of 5 enterprise salespeople, managing to hit and exceed our company’s yearly sales KPIs by over 30%.
  • Did outbound sales, selling over 20 subscriptions per month.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to work as a sales specialist, you should focus more on your personal sales skills and results, even if you have managerial experience in the field.

Here’s how you tailor your resume to a specific role:

  • First, read the job description for the position. Identify which skills/experiences are mandatory for the position, and which ones aren’t.
  • Go through your resume and change your job title to the exact role you’re applying for.
  • Then, mention the essential skills in the “Skills” section.
  • In your resume summary, mention your years of experience with the position.
  • In your work experience section, talk about your top achievements that are relevant to the role you’re applying for.

Step #8. Ace the Interview

Even the biggest extroverts tend to hate interviews, and for good reason too.

Image sitting there in a strange place you’ve never been to before, having your entire career and educational background judged by strangers you’ve never met.

Then, they throw one complicated question or another, and you’re just sitting there bumbling nervously.

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way! With the right practice and dedication, interviews CAN be easy.

Here are some of our top tips for acing the interview!

Interviews 101

First thing’s first - let’s talk interview basics & etiquette. 

Before you even go to the interview, do some preparation. This includes:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before the interview. You will both feel better, less stressed, and leave a better impression on the interviewer.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast so you’re energized for the interview.
  • Check the location of the interview , and prepare your route. Make sure you can physically get there on time.
  • Dress for the job. Applying for a job in a bank? You can impress the interviewer with the classic suit & tie. Innovative startup? Business casual (or even a t-shirt and shorts) can cut it.
  • Prepare the clothes you’re going to wear the day in advance , so you don’t end up spending too long deciding what you want to wear.
  • Don’t over-caffeinate. It might seem like a good idea to drink that double-latte so you’re energized for the interview, but it might also make you jittery and anxious.

During the interview, be courteous and professional. Here’s how:

  • First off, relax. Take a deep breath, empty your mind for a second, and focus on one question at a time.
  • If you’re the anxious type, try to slow down. Don’t pressure yourself to answer the questions super fast, take your time, and really think about your answers.
  • Keep in mind that the interviewer is your friend. They want you to succeed just as much as you do!
  • Be humble. Don’t brag about your achievements, talk about them objectively.
  • Leverage your body language. Make eye contact with the interviewer (but not too much), sit upright, speak slowly, and try not to fidget.

We know, we know. It’s one thing to tell someone “just be confident,” and it’s something completely different to actually do it.

Acting just right on an interview is hard, and it takes a lot of practice. However, just keep our tips in mind, attend interviews, and you’ll get there eventually!

If you want to speed up this process, you can also work on improving your social skills in your own free time. Do what makes you uncomfortable, meet new people, and network with professionals in your field.

Finally, we also recommend practicing and memorizing some of the most common interview questions and learn how to answer behavioral ones. 

Here’s what they are:

Common Interview Questions

Most interviewers ask pretty much the same questions. So, if you’re prepared for them, you’ll have a much easier time answering.

The interview questions you should prepare for include:

  • Tell me something about yourself
  • Why did you decide to apply for this position?
  • What are your biggest strengths/weaknesses?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
  • What’s your biggest achievement?
  • What kind of work environment do you work best in?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

For a complete list of all common interview questions and answers , check out our article.

Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral interview questions are a bit different than the traditional interview questions, so we thought we’d cover them too.

These are the questions that start with:

“Tell me about a time when you…”

These questions are tougher than the rest because they’re all about YOUR experiences. If you don’t have the experience, you won’t be able to answer it correctly.

There is, however, a strategy you can use to tackle the behavioral interview questions:

The STAR Method

Here’s how this works. For each behavioral interview question, your answer should be structured as follows:

  • (S) Situation - What’s the context of the situation? What was the problem you had to solve?
  • (T) Task - What’s the task(s) you had to complete to fix the problem?
  • (A) Action - What actions did you take to fix the issue?
  • (R) Result - What were the results of your actions? How did the company benefit from this?

Other Job Hunt Tips

#1. set aside time for your search.

Don’t expect to land the very first job you apply for - job-search is a lengthy process that can take (on average) up to 5 months.

Set aside 2 to 5 hours every day where you’re going to specifically be looking for and applying for positions.

#2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Resources

While online job-search is the most popular method in 2022, it’s not your only option.

Here are some other ways you can conduct your job hunt:

  • Add local recruiters on LinkedIn, and ask them to help find you a job.
  • Reach out to your professional network and ask if their company is hiring for your role.
  • Ask your close friends if they have an opening in their company and if they can refer you.
  • Attend job fairs.
  • Reach out to companies you’re really passionate about and ask if they have an opening for you. If you’re convincing, they might hire you even if they don’t have an opening.
  • Attend networking events.

#3. Take Advantage of LinkedIn

Don’t have a LinkedIn profile?

Well, you’re definitely missing out!

LinkedIn comes with a ton of awesome uses for a job-seeker:

  • You can use it to keep in touch with your professional network.
  • If your profile is well-optimized, recruiters can find you and contact you with job offers.
  • You can see where your friends and acquaintances work, and reach out to them for a reference if their organization is hiring.

Job Hunt FAQ

Still have some questions about the job hunt process? We’ll answer them here!

1. What is the best way to job hunt?

  • Apply for 5-10 positions every day, 5 days a week.
  • Talk to your friends and family. Ask if anyone they know is hiring and if you can get referred.
  • Attend job fairs and networking events.
  • Use multiple job search engines to make sure that you find all the possible positions for your skill-set.
  • Don’t have any work experience? Look for an internship.
  • Reach out to recruitment agencies and see if they have anything relevant to your skills.
  • Contact local businesses (restaurants, bars, etc.) and ask if they have any openings.

2. How can I get hired with no work experience?

Here are our top tips for finding a job if you don’t have any work experience:

  • On your resume, focus on the skills and experiences you do have. This can be hard skills you learned in your free time or at school, personal projects, volunteering experience, etc.
  • Work on yourself. Take online classes, earn certifications, and attend trainings or conferences.
  • Meet a person who works in the field you want to join. Pick their brains on what skills/experiences you’ll need to get a similar job.
  • Apply for internships. If you’re a recent graduate, chances are, no one’s going to hire you for a senior position
  • Apply, apply, and apply! Don’t get discouraged if you get rejected. The job search can be a long and tough process, but if you stick to it, you’ll definitely land the job.

3. When should I start job hunting as a student?

We recommend starting your job hunt around a month before your graduation date so that you have a job lined up once you're out of university.

Alternatively, you can also take the summer off, and start your job hunt during Fall.

4. What’s the best job search engine?

There’s no such thing as a “best’ search engine. Usually, what’s best for you depends on your location, and which search engines are popular there.

The rule of thumb is, the more companies and positions a job board has, the better it is for your job hunt.

Key Takeaways

And that covers just about everything you need to know to succeed with your job hunt.

Now, let’s recap all the important info we covered in this article:

  • Job hunting is a process. Dedicate free time to it, and apply for 5 to 10 positions every day.
  • Want to significantly boost your chances of getting the job? Learn as much as you can about resumes, interviews, and the job hunt process in general.
  • Don’t limit yourself to online job boards. Apply to jobs in real life, via LinkedIn, through referrals, and any other potential sources.
  • Don’t spray and pray with your application - hand-pick roles you’re a good fit for.

Suggested Readings:

  • How to Write Your First Job Resume [For 2023]
  • 31+ Resume Headline Examples [You Can Use In 2023]
  • How to Write an Internship Resume [w/ Examples]

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Making Time to Job Hunt While Working Full Time

  • Elizabeth Grace Saunders

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Advice from a time-management coach on navigating four key phases of the process.

It’s time to look for a new job. But how? Between your current position, taking care of home responsibilities, decompressing, and essentials like food and sleep, it just doesn’t feel like there’s enough time. Before you begin a job search, step back and look at your calendar at a high level to decide when to commit yourself to the process. Reserve at least two to three hours per week to devote to looking for a new opportunity. If you’re in a busy period — at work or at home — you may want to wait. Instead look for a time when your work should settle down and your home life is a little less variable. Then, strategically plan and manage your time, so you can fit a job search into your schedule at four key phases of the process: exploration, preparation, application, and interview.

It’s time for a change.

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  • ES Elizabeth Grace Saunders is a  time management coach  and the founder of  Real Life E Time Coaching & Speaking . She is author of  How to Invest Your Time Like Money  and  Divine Time Management . Find out more at .

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Job Hunting: What it is, Steps, and Why it’s a Full-Time Job

Job Hunting: What it is, Steps, and Why it’s a Full-Time Job

Job hunting is often a stressful experience. This is because there's no assurance you'll land your desired job. Ask any job seeker, and you'll learn that they're anxious about the process. This may happen because they see a job search as a clear-cut process. In reality, it involves different job hunting steps that can help them find and land a job.

If you're new to the working world, you may wonder: what is job hunting? What is job hunting for? And how can you successfully do it? Read on to learn the answers to these questions.

What is Job Hunting?

Job hunting is the process of looking for an occupation. People may switch careers, leave toxic workplaces, or learn new skills. Like an actual job, job hunting involves goals, measurable outcomes, set objectives, and progress. Some job hunters go through it quickly, while others take longer. Nonetheless, it can be fulfilling once you follow a specific process.

Here are the seven job hunting steps you should take to land a job.

The first step is accepting who and where you are in your career. This also means knowing that job hunting is a time-consuming process.

Evaluate who you are and where you want your career to go. Assessment helps identify your goals and measure your progress.

Once you know your identity and career direction, determine where you want to work. Learn about different companies and their culture, employees, and industry. You can also use connections to check and get into a particular company.

This step involves submitting your resume and reaching out to potential employers. It also means improving your communication skills to better converse with interviewers.

Going through the job hunting steps mentioned so far can lead you to interviews with prospective employers. Treat interviews as opportunities to market your skills, objectives, and career goals. This is also your chance to learn more about the company and the position you're applying for.

Upon receiving a job offer, you can negotiate the terms with your employer. These terms include your salary, benefits, and work arrangement. Negotiating allows you to explain why you deserve more.

Begin again

Starting a new job means doing everything to be successful at it. Moving jobs also allows you to get better at job hunting and makes you more attractive to potential employers.

Why is Job Hunting a Full-Time Job?

A more specific answer to "what is job hunting?" Job hunting is a full-time job that requires your full and immediate attention. As intimidating as it sounds, it can help you get your desired job, secure better pay, benefits, and more.

Involves a specific process

Seeking a job means going through different job hunting steps. It requires a lot of patience and understanding. Once you land a job, you also become more disciplined.

Requires at least 40 hours a week

Job hunting to land your desired job requires a lot of preparation. You must assess yourself and your career and create an attractive resume and portfolio. You also need to improve your communication skills to impress potential employers.

Prepares you for leadership

Think of job hunting as a stepping stone for leadership. Being a leader means facing a lot of business challenges. Once you've mastered job hunting, you'll be more well-equipped to resolve challenges as a leader.

Treat Job Hunting as the Key to Success

Treating job hunting as a full-time job allows you to resolve work challenges better. It prepares you for a market with high unemployment rates and competition.

With the job hunting steps above, you'll learn what job hunting is for. They can help improve your skills as you move to and from different companies.

We at understand how difficult job hunting can be. This is why we feature jobs in different categories to simplify your job hunting experience. Find your next job with us today!

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1. Time things right

Many people rush at a job search and apply for roles they have little interest in or are unlikely to be shortlisted for. Not only will this pretty much guarantee rejection, it will dampen your confidence. Similarly, if you approach agencies with a poor sense of your target job, you are likely to be sidelined. The third biggest mistake is to use up all your best contacts too soon when you're unclear how they can help. Slow down, take time to look at yourself and your confidence levels; consider how equipped you feel to summarise your strengths.

2. Take stock

Before you become a one-person marketing machine, think about what you're selling. Do you know what you're looking for? What job titles are relevant to you? Can you list your main skills? Do you have evidence of achievements? Which employers appeal to you and why? Don't go near busy decision-makers until you have answers to all these questions.

3. Plan for rejection

Even in a buoyant market, rejection is common; in today's economy you will hear no a lot more than you hear yes. To maintain your confidence and avoid becoming a job beggar desperate to take anything, cultivate resilience.

But don't squander it by applying for jobs far outside your skills range where you're unlikely to get any kind of response. Recruit two or three supporters who you can meet regularly to remind you what you're good at, broaden your thinking and help pick you up when you receive inevitable knock-backs.

4. Gather evidence

Before you begin drafting a CV or stumble into interviews , list raw material from your past – without editing. Draw up a long, unfiltered list of what you've done. Go over every part of your experience which looks like work, including part-time, temporary, unpaid posts and work placements. List every skill you learned and practised, sectors where you have work experience and anything that looks like an achievement (see below). Then look at volunteering, your studies and activities outside work. Try to gather several pages of material before deciding on the primary message for the lead part of your CV .

5. Decide on your three main messages

Anyone who recommends you is likely to pass on only three or four items of information about you – your experience, ability and personality. You have more control over this process than you think.

Scrutinise the first few sentences of your CV . Make sure they are positive, memorable and clearly outline what you want to achieve. How likely is it that someone will repeat this information? Do you make clear what you have to offer and the kind of role you'd like to fill? Emphasise these messages in your CV , social media profile and what you say when networking.

6. Research before you job search

It's no use trying to impress employers if you have very little sense of what will press their buttons. Do your homework thoroughly before making any kind of approach – at least two hours of research. If you're called to interview , make your research even more thorough. Don't just repeat information from the organisation's website – try to speak to people who know what the organisation is trying to achieve and the kind of people they're currently looking for. If you're trying to make a career change , seek out people who have made the leap before you, learn the shortcuts and avoid the bear traps.

7. Market test your CV

Don't be under the illusion that you should send out your CV widely in the early stages of your job search. It's far better to talk to people about your career ideas and gather information than to send out a poorly drafted document, which will close more doors than it opens. You may be secretly pleased with your CV but it's vital to show it to someone with hiring experience. Ask for a summary rather than an opinion. For example, don't ask "what do you think of my CV?", ask "what does my CV tell you about what I can do next?" If the answer is brief and makes sense, your CV is probably working.

8. Get interview feedback outside the process

Many jobseekers waste real job interviews as practice sessions. Interviews are hard enough to get; don't waste them by making basic errors. Find someone who has interviewing experience who will give you honest feedback on first impressions , how you link your experience to the job on offer and how well you handle tricky questions. Practice short, upbeat answers to tricky questions about gaps in your CV or why you're job seeking right now. Don't ignore vital job-related topics or the dull but obvious questions, such as 'tell us about your strengths and weaknesses'.

9. List and research target organisations

People will need examples of the kind of organisations you're interested in to help you. This matters even more if you're trying to make a career change ; you'll be a much more credible candidate if you've researched the sector in-depth and can say something about the main players.

It's also smart to identify employers in your locality. Build up a list of six or so target organisations and spend time every week learning more about them, trying to get closer to them through mutual connections, exploring job boards and generally doing everything you can to pitch yourself as a potential employee.

10. Use a multi-channel approach

Make direct approaches to organisations who are not currently advertising , build relationships with the right recruitment agencies, talk to people in interesting roles and sectors, and research like mad. Above all else, don't kid yourself that spending all day in front of a computer screen is the best use of your time; get in front of people too. At least once a week put on smart clothes, find someone to meet so you can practise talking about yourself and what you're looking for. It maintains your confidence levels and ensures you're remembered.

John Lees is a career coach and author of a wide range of books, including Just the Job!

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Trailer Mechanic

Pine Bluff, AR

First, if you are serious about getting a job, it is crucial to be available for job hunting all the time. You should treat your job search like it is a full-time job. That means devoting 5-8 hours per day — during business hours, five days a week.

A successful job hunt requires planning, and time must be allocated for each step of the process that you're about to go through. The keys to approaching job hunting are repetition, determination, and continuous improvement.

Hotel Worker

Des Plaines, IL

Job hunting begins by accepting the idea that you are looking for a job. Most of us change jobs many times in our lives. In good times, making a change is almost painless. In high unemployment times, competition can be fierce because many people are applying for the same jobs.

You won't be able to figure out how long the entire process of job hunting is going to take. It depends on many things that are out of your control. Be prepared to have constant emotional highs and lows during your job hunt.

Searching for a job also involves extensive preparation. You will set production goals, output, goals, and progress throughout the entire experience. But if you follow a disciplined process in job hunting, you will keep getting better at it.

Best of luck!

Manager Trainee

Farmington, MI

Job hunting is indeed, an intense process. You should take note of during your job hunt to persist until you get the job. Along the way, you will see yourself having additional stress and anxiety, not knowing how the future lies ahead.

Well, your job hunt will be more effective if you take the time to plan. As Dwight Eisenhower said, "Planning is everything. The plan is nothing." That means success depends on having a clear picture of what you want. Having one keeps you moving in the right direction.

If you have lost your way, you will need a beacon to bring you back on track. Then it's time to find things that give you hope. There's a variety of techniques I use to approach this whenever I need some fuel. I listen to relaxing music, exercise, read, do yoga, or meditate. Doing any of these activities will help me rediscover hope when it slips away during my job hunt.

The entire journey of job hunting can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be! Here are my job hunting tips. The process of job hunt that I advocate involves seven steps.

1. Accept - It doesn't matter if I was laid off or voluntarily quit my job. I have to accept where I am and what I'm doing. Job hunting is entirely natural; no one must feel bad about it.

2. Assess – I need to have a clear idea of who I am, what I can do, what I want to do, and in what environment I want to do it.

3. Target – I'll narrow down a list of companies I wish to work at. I only apply to jobs that I believe are a good fit for me.

4. Present - I present myself to my connections and start networking with relevant people in my field. At this stage, I'll also send in resumes, job applications, and begin networking.

5. Interview – The goal of all the activities done previously is to get myself selected for interviews.

6. Negotiate - Having an offer means it is time to negotiate the details of the job. Getting to this stage means more research is needed.

7. Begin again - I'll do everything that will make me successful in the new job. But I'll also continue job hunting for roles I see potential in after some time.

I hope these job search tips help you succeed in a competitive market and get the job you want.

Junior Loan Officer

Cape Coral, FL

Every time I change jobs, I treat job hunting like a full-time job. It means I dedicate 40 hours per week, at the very least. Because I learned from experience that if I put more effort into my job hunt, I will be ahead of my competitors.

The rate at which you can find the next job is the opposite of the unemployment rate. This means, the higher the employment rate, the longer it takes to find the next job.

I agree that the process could be stringent, but job hunting is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills. The art of self-leadership involves all the elements of job hunting. You are your boss. You set your hours, target opportunities, and manage your own setbacks.

The ultimate job search advice from me to you: A successful job hunt requires persistence, routine, preparation, and acceptance. The time you spend job hunting is an investment in yourself and your career. Do everything in your power to make that new position happen!

Youth Ministry

Bergenfield, NJ

I've had experience in the workforce for twenty years, so I'll get straight to the point. The keys to job hunting are:

1. Look in the right places

2. Laser focus on my targeted job

3. Promote myself with a strong application and digital presence

4. Prepare for interviews

5. Send a thank you note after the interviews

6. Make progress every day and don't give up

Best wishes in your job hunt!

Ship Welder

When you begin job hunting, you must be prepared mentally and physically. Some critical points to remember is to have all your necessary documents and materials ready. Things like your resume and cover letter should be continuously polished and reviewed to get you prepared for your job hunt.

Another thing to remember is to do your research about the company you're interested in working at. When you get the chance to interview, show the hiring managers that you are well prepared. The last advice I could give during your job hunt is don't feel dejected if things don't work out the first time. Just keep trying, and you will get there!

Math Interventionist

Job hunting involves more than just sending a resume over to your employers. You need to make sure you are fit for the job, have the skills needed, are well prepared for the interview and can perform well. Here are my job hunting tips that you can use to improve your chances of getting the job you desire.

1. Produce a perfect resume and cover letter, a polished LinkedIn profile

2. Perform Industry research

3. Apply through numerous job application centers

4. Use social media accounts to tell about your job hunt

5. Attend events/webinars from the company

These are necessary but excellent steps in job hunting. Good luck!

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There's no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the world. Businesses needed to shift the way they do business and people had to make adjustments to the way they live their lives, from shopping to schooling and work. In fact, the pandemic ushered in major changes to the global labor market .

The key to landing gainful employment in the middle of and after a pandemic requires making some major adjustments to your approach. The fact is that today’s candidates have fewer opportunities to make the in-person connections that were once key to getting them in the door. And when they do land an interview, they may face the difficult task of selling themselves over a Zoom session. 

Investopedia connected with several employers and employment experts about what today’s job candidates can do to improve their odds.  

Key Takeaways

  • Though some industries have floundered during the pandemic, others are prospering.
  • Expanding your search to fields where you may not have previous experience can sometimes help you land your next job.
  • Experts say being candid about any gaps in your resume and successfully articulating why you’re a good fit for the open position can help you win over employers.  
  • With more interviews taking place virtually, candidates have to control the image they project onscreen in terms of both physical appearance and messaging.

How COVID-19 Changed the Job Market

The unemployment rate hovered around 3.5% in February 2020, which was a month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. That number spiked to 14.7% in April that year before calming down. Although the rate of unemployment has settled back down to pre-pandemic levels (it was 3.8% in August 2023), many Americans remain jobless. As many as 6.4 million people aren't working—a good portion of these aren't employed by choice.

The pandemic forced people to reevaluate their work choices. Job seekers remain picky even though the crisis has subsided, as certain employers continue to experience labor shortages. As of July 2023, there were about 8.8 million job openings across the U.S., with increases in the information sector , as well as transportation, warehousing, and utilities.

But, there is mixed news about how employers feel about the workforce. According to PNC, many small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S. feel optimistic about their operations and the direction of the economy . Hiring concerns remain high, as many employers say they can't fill positions because there aren't enough applicants and those who apply don't have the right skills.

The likelihood of a recession to hit the U.S. between mid-2023 and mid-2024, according to Goldman Sachs. That outlook dropped from earlier projections of a 25% probability.

Rethink Your Search Parameters

“2021 was a year of transformation for the U.S. labor market,” according to Andrew Hunter , co-founder of the job search engine Adzuna. “In January 2021, employers cautiously navigated hiring needs, but by November, employers had turned the taps on and were looking to take on a flood of new staff.”

Salaries are also rising. As many as 24 of the 30 jobs with the biggest hiring increases offered higher compensation in November 2021 than they did in January 2021. And that hasn't changed. Even with the chance of a recession, salary budgets increased to a 20-year high.

“After reevaluating their work-life goals, many Americans are switching jobs in the Great Resignation ,” Hunter said. “Job seekers looking to change company, role, or career have a wide array of options.” Still, some industries will bounce back stronger than others, so adaptability is useful for anyone considering a career change. “Job seekers should adapt to this reshuffle by focusing on growth areas and avoiding pigeonholing themselves to one career path,” advises Hunter.

Because COVID-19 has weakened the link between white-collar workers and the physical office, Hunter suggested that candidates widen their search outside of their hometown. “An increasing number of roles are now fully ‘work from home,’ effectively opening up the entire U.S. labor market for savvy job seekers,” he says. “Geography is no longer the barrier it once was.”

Many candidates find great positions through popular job boards such as Indeed and Monster. However, those employers often receive a barrage of applicants for each position that they post—particularly in fields where the supply of candidates exceeds demand.

It’s often the personal connection that can make you stand apart from the crowd or find out about positions that aren’t yet posted publicly. “Having someone in the company who can say that they would love to have you on the team takes a lot of the risk out of hiring you,” said John Philbin , chief executive officer (CEO) of Chicago-based Spectacular at Work. “So make friends and don’t burn bridges.”

There may be fewer opportunities to meet new people, or even reconnect with peers in person even after the pandemic. Still, there are plenty of ways to keep in touch, such as sending an occasional email or text message to former colleagues and family members.

“As long as people know you’re looking, they can help you,” according to Denise Kaigler , a career coach and founder of Boston-based MDK Brand Management. “Most people don’t find jobs on job platforms solely. It’s connecting those job platforms with people you know.”

Manage Your Online Presence

The companies you're applying to probably aren’t looking only at cover letters and resumes before they select interview candidates. There's a good chance that they're also sifting through Facebook or X (formerly Twitter) posts. Research indicates that employers are actively using social media as a hiring tool to find candidates. They may also use platforms to screen potential new hires.

Managing your online presence, including your various social media profiles, is imperative to a successful job search. To prevent any potential damage, Adriana Herrera suggested closing your personal profiles to the public.

“ Keeping personal opinions and hobbies private ensures no bias, direct or implicit, is introduced to the hiring manager,” said the founder of Interview Destiny, an interview preparation platform.

Herrera also recommended performing an audit of your professional profiles, whether they’re on LinkedIn or job sites such as Indeed, to make sure they’re consistent. Each one should paint the same picture of your skills, experience, and professional goals, she says.

Polishing your online persona isn’t only about playing defense, according to Kaigler. You also want to establish a personal brand that employers will find attractive. That could mean uploading videos on topics relevant to your career as well as commenting on or sharing other users’ posts.

“Let people know that you’re out there and engaged, that you’re staying up on the news and important trends.”—Denise Kaigler, Career Coach

Companies are acutely aware that many people were laid off after the pandemic. Talia Friedman , co-founder of WERKZY, a former job search platform for small businesses, tells candidates not to stress about absences from the labor market. Employers typically value authenticity over perfection when it comes to your background.

“Be honest about recent gaps in your résumé or why you are looking to take on a position that may not directly align with your experience,” Friedman said.

Preparation is also key when it comes to answering why you applied for a particular position. Be ready to answer why the company or position is a great fit, both in your cover letter and during the interview, suggested Friedman. Be sure to mention why you have a passion for the company’s mission or the industry it serves, even if that is implied on your resume.

“Highlight a fact about the company and possibly even the hiring manager that only someone who invested some time would find,” said Friedman.

Make sure to do a dry run before a Zoom job interview to confirm that you have the technical aspects, such as video, microphone, lighting, and background, as you want them.

In some ways, convincing an employer that you’re the perfect fit for a given role is a tougher sell when you’re doing it through Zoom or Google Meet. Still, that’s the norm right now, and Philbin recommends embracing that dynamic rather than fighting it.

“It’s OK to say that you wish you could meet the interviewer in person, which is flattering. But virtual is how we work now, and flagging it as a burden sends the wrong message and is probably just a way for you to express your anxiety about the whole process,” he said.

Talking to a hiring manager virtually can be more complex than meeting face-to-face. In addition to the typical prep work that you have to do for an interview, today’s candidates have to worry about technical issues that can quickly make the encounter go sideways. Herrera advised applicants to confirm beforehand that their computer’s microphone works and that the camera angle and lighting make it easy for interviewers to see them. In addition, make sure nothing is in the background that you wouldn’t want your employer to notice. 

According to Kaigler, you usually only have a few minutes to make a positive impression with the folks on the other side of the camera when the interview starts. You’re more likely to do that when you come in prepared with the story that you want to tell about yourself.

“The moment you walk into that room or go in front of that Zoom camera, that employer is sizing you up,” said Kaigler. “Think about how you want your personal brand to show up.”

Philbin suggests hiring a career coach to help with a mock interview, something that’s especially helpful when adjusting to a different format from what you’re used to. Many of them, he said have a "lot of experience as professional interviewers or recruiters, and they can really sharpen your game."

What Is the Employment Outlook for 2024?

The job market returned to some degree of normalcy, with the unemployment rate stabilizing around pre-pandemic levels. But Morningstar suggests that job growth in the United States will slow down in 2023 and 2024 with a drop in labor usage among companies as well as a decrease in temporary help.

Which Are the Most Available Jobs?

The logistics and warehousing and the IT industries lead the pack, but there are also lots of opportunities for warehouse workers, delivery drivers, data scientists, developers, restaurant managers, and cooks. Even job recruitment consultants are in on the feast, as someone has to help fill all those job openings.

What’s the Best Way to Get Hired?

There is no one foolproof method. Instead, the answer is in combining the right skill set with searching popular online job boards, regular networking to make that magical personal connection that can make all the difference, maintaining a professional and visible online presence on social media, being knowledgeable about the company and the job for which you are applying, and learning the right techniques to master Zoom interviews, which have become increasingly prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The job market is opening up at a rapid pace even as the COVID-19 pandemic is experiencing an omicron variant surge. There are plenty of opportunities, especially for those willing to be flexible in where they go looking for their next stint. Finding ways to strengthen your personal network can give you a big leg up on the competition.

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Top 12 Effective Job Hunting Tips That Can Get You Hired

Tired of job hunting without getting any positive results? Our proven effective job hunting tips that can get you hired is what you should beckon on to get that long dream job you desire.

Job hunting is an important topic for discussion, especially for job seekers. Job hunting involves more than searching for an open job position and applying for the open position. You need to go beyond that to make sure you are a great fit for a position, attract the hiring manager with your skills, qualifications and experience, and also be prepared to tackle interview questions.

Even if you are one of the few people who work in a high-demand career, job hunting can still be challenging and frustrating.  In fact, with the rate at which people struggle to get jobs, searching for a job is also a job too.

The time it will take you to get your dream job, the stress you will pass through, and all the challenges and difficulties you encounter from writing that daunting resume, cover letter, application letter, CV, attending interviews can be exhausting. The worst of it all – oftentimes, after passing through these challenges you might end up not getting the job. Not to worry, our effective job hunting tips which have been proven by our readers to land jobs can land you your desired job.

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Job hunting tips are effective strategies a job seeker can utilize in landing the desired dream job.

If you want to get that dream job of yours, follow these below job hunting tips that can get you hired proven to work for our readers.

1. Decide What You Want

 The first job-hunting tip is to decide what you want. Instead of beating around the bush or being the jack of all trades, you should make a clear decision of what you want.

Reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, your likes and dislikes so that you can be able to come up with a position that best suits you. Even if you are not new to the workforce, if you are not working effectively in a particular field, you should reconsider reflecting on yourself to decide if you will be going for a career change.

2. Research Your Target Companies

After you decide on what you want in your career, the next effective job hunting tips to take is researching your target company, finding out the possible positions you can fit in. You can accomplish this by going through the company official website you can find in job listings, get to know their culture, values, vision and mission, and also expected salary range.

3. Be Prepared for the Work

Job hunting is tedious work, and if not prepared, can weigh you down and still not get you a result. A good way to go about this is by having a schedule on when to search for jobs, and apply for jobs.

You can create a spreadsheet to track all the jobs you apply for, update your professional profile accounts online (like your linked profile summary, headlines, etc) You can also go as far as creating a special email account specifically for your job search. This way you can easily know when you get messages from the company you apply to.

These are effective job hunting tips, and when properly done can make your job hunt effective enough to grant you a job.

4. Get Your Resume Ready

Your resume is an important document required when job hunting. Instead of having an all-general resume, create a well-tailored resume that is suitable for the respective open position. This will make your resume stand out since it is targeted to a particular open position.

If you are applying for different open positions (which you should do), create a separate resume for each position. You should get it done well and once they get it done wrong and miss out on the number of times.

5. Create a Perfect Cover Letter

Another important job application document that should be accompanied by your resume is your cover letter. Having a targeted cover letter is also an effective job hunting tip that can get you hired.

Just like your resume, create a targeted cover letter for each position you will be applying for. This is an effective way to get the best out of your cover letter.

6. Capitalize on Every Job Search Resources

Instead of limiting yourself to only manual job search, capitalize on every possible job search resource you can think of. Do manual offline job search, attend career events, seminars, make use of social networking sites like LinkedIn, signup for job offer newsletter, and also utilize available job search engines. Utilizing this and every other jog hunting tip listed here, you stand a bigger chance of getting a job,

7. Utilize Your Professional Network

A professional network has been proven to be one of the most effective tools for getting a job when job hunting. According to the survey, 83% of new employees said they got their job through their professional network (i.e. connection).

Build a new professional network by attending professional career fairs, events, seminars, volunteering in your local community. Utilize the network by requesting their support in your job search. Most will be willing to contribute to your career. This is why you must form a habit of networking with valuable people that can be influential in your career.

8. Apply for Many Open Positions

At this point in your career where you are job searching, you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket, apply for as many open positions of your choice and also related positions. It is good to get your dream job once, but when the odds are high, you should apply for a related job. While working, you can also keep hunting for the job of your dream. At least you get work to be doing for some time that can maintain you instead of piling up unpaid bills.

Applying for many open positions including other listed job hunting tips can get you a job faster.

9. Prepare for all Job Interviews

Preparing for job interviews are effective job hunting tips that can get you hired. There are no specific numbers of questions to expect in an interview. But preparing for common interview questions, behavioural interview questions are a great way to excel in an interview.

Can’t figure out what common interview questions and behavioural interview questions are? Not to worry, we got you covered. Check out our Interview Questions with Answers That Work and Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers

10. Send a Thank-you mail after interview

According to research, hiring managers say they find a thank-you mail helpful. A good way to show how appreciative you are when allowing an interview is to send a thank-you mail after the interview.

In addition to the thank-you mail, include vital information you could not remember during the interview. This is also of one the top effective job hunting tips to try out.

11. Follow up the Hiring Manger

The bitter truth is that not all job applications and interviews you go for will result in a job. But what if I tell you that you can turn the missed opportunity into another opportunity? Sounds awesome right? It is easy. Just follow up with the hiring manager in charge of the interview you took.

You can politely follow him up, ask him to tell you why you missed out, and even to contact you if there is any available position you can fit in. By doing this, you are building a professional network and also increasing your chances of getting a job.

12. Build Your Skills

Building your skills is an important thing to do when you are doing a job search. You can learn new skills, or improve your current skills by doing volunteering work. To stand out from the crowd, building your skills and every other job-hunting tip listed above are what you need to do that can get you hired.

Now it’s Your Turn

That is my guide on effective job hunting tips that get you hired.

Hope you found it helpful?

Which of these job hunting tips would you love to try?

Feel free to drop your comments below

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Job hunting and preparing for interviews aren’t activities most of us consider enjoyable. They are, however, crucial steps toward advancing our careers. Within the complex landscape of potential employers, polished resumes, networking opportunities, and nerve-racking interviews, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and lost.

Whether you’re a fresh college graduate wading into the workforce for the first time or an industry veteran looking to transition into a new role, everyone benefits from a structured approach to job search and interview preparedness. This all-encompassing guide aims to assist individuals at any stage of their career by breaking down these monumental tasks into manageable, systematic steps.

Unveiling the Layers of Job Hunting’

Job hunting doesn’t always mean seeking employment out of necessity. It’s often an opportunity to reflect on where you are in your career journey and where you aspire to be. It may be a chance to seek growth, new challenges, or a shift toward what you find meaningful. This guide teaches you to leverage the tools at your disposal, like the power of social media platforms such as LinkedIn, to turbocharge your profile and increase your visibility to potential employers. It further delves into how to navigate the often-overlooked hidden job market and how pivotal the role a solid professional network plays in a successful job hunt.

Mastering Resume Excellence and Interview Triumph

A well-prepared resume is arguably your most potent tool while applying for jobs. Such a resume not only features your skills and achievements but is also tailored to align with the role you’re applying for. By targeting specific job descriptions and mirroring the language used by employers, you can rise above the competition. This guide will walk you through winning strategies for resume writing and preparation while helping you avoid common pitfalls.

Securing an interview is a testament to a successful job search and application. But this stage opens a whole new set of challenges. Mustering the confidence to present your best self, decoding the nuances of non-verbal communication, or smartly navigating group interactions, the world of interviews is vast and varied. This guide will equip you with knowledge, insights, and tips to turn each interview opportunity into a stepping-stone toward your dream job.

Crafting Success and Thriving in Your Career

What happens after an interview is just as critical. Knowing when and how to follow up, understanding, and negotiating job offers while keeping an eye out for potential red flags can make all the difference. The guide takes you beyond the interview, into the critical evaluation and negotiation process that could define your future job satisfaction.

A new role provides an opportunity to start afresh, solidify your impressions, and plan for success in the long term. Detailed steps on how to navigate these challenging initial days are also part of this guide.

Expect insights, strategies, and tips synthesized from industry best practices and expert advice in this guide. This is not just a starting point, but a companion to refer back to, at any stage of your job hunting and interview preparation journey. The goal is to not just help you find a new job, but to thrive in your career. Are you ready? Let’s embark on this journey to career success.

1. Job Searching Strategy

Navigating the job market can be an intimidating endeavor for both fresh graduates and seasoned professionals. Whether it’s about searching for your first job or striving for a career advancement, understanding the nuances of job searching can set you on the path to success. This guide is your comprehensive roadmap for effective job hunting and interview preparation, designed to help you identify opportunities, maximize your resources, streamline your strategies, and ultimately land the job you’ve been eyeing.

1.1. Finding the Right Job: How to Identify Job Opportunities That Match Your Skills and Interests

Finding the right job entails more than just seeking out open positions that fall under your desired job title. It’s about zeroing in on roles that genuinely align with your unique blend of skills, interests, and career goals. This can mean being selective in your applications and not adopting the scattergun approach, which can be both overwhelming and unproductive.

By focusing on finding a job that aligns with your key strengths and passions, you not only increase your odds of landing that job but also ensure long-term satisfaction and growth in your role. This includes understanding the work culture of potential employers, the professional development opportunities they provide, and how these factors relate to your personal and career aspirations.

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An essential resource on this topic is the article  Which Job Will Suit Me the Best? . This guide is jam-packed with advice on identifying your ideal job, including evaluating your skills, understanding your work preferences, establishing your career goals, and aligning them with your job search strategy.

1.2. Getting Started: Knowing the Basics of a Planned Job Hunt

Embarking on a job hunt requires concerted planning and organization. Formulating a clear job search strategy can save you countless hours scrolling through irrelevant listings and sending applications into the void. Prioritizing quality over quantity in your applications, tailoring your resume and cover letter for each application, and leveraging networking opportunities can significantly improve your chances of landing your desired role.

For a step-by-step guide on how to take a strategic approach to job hunting, consider reading  Kickstarting your Job Hunt: A Roadmap for Success . This article goes beyond just sending out applications and gives you invaluable insights into every facet of job hunting, such as translating your skills and experiences into a compelling resume and cover letter, optimizing your LinkedIn profile and making the most of job search tools and platforms.

1.3. Leveraging Tools for Job Hunting

Incorporating technology in your job-search strategy can greatly expedite the process and increase its effectiveness. The digital world is replete with platforms, applications, and tools tailored for job searchers, from job boards, career websites, and LinkedIn, to resume builder tools, interview practice apps, and even organization apps to keep track of your job applications.

“The Job Hunter’s Survival Kit: Essential Tools & Resources” is a comprehensive guide providing an overview of the multitude of digital tools available at your fingertips. It provides recommendations on how to best utilize these tools, thus making your job hunt more efficient and organized.

1.4. Making Use of Social Media in the Job Hunt

Not being on social media can greatly restrict your access to job opportunities. While LinkedIn is an obvious choice for professional networking, other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram can offer invaluable opportunities. Platforms like these provide avenues to demonstrate your skills, interests, and values, get the latest news on job openings or company updates, and have virtual conversations with industry professionals and recruiters.

Gleaning tips from the article  Job Hunting in the Digital Age: Harnessing Social Media  can help you use social media effectively and proactively, from creating a professional digital image across platforms to using social media analytics to track the impact of your job search efforts.

1.4.1. Optimizing LinkedIn for Your Job Search

LinkedIn plays a quintessential role in the modern job search process. Going beyond simply having a presence on LinkedIn , optimizing your profile can effectively set you apart from other candidates, particularly given the platform’s immense popularity among recruiters.

The article  Leveraging LinkedIn: Optimize Your Profile for Job Hunting  provides a wealth of actionable tips on optimizing every aspect of your LinkedIn profile — from creating a powerful headline and crafting a compelling summary to using keywords effectively, showcasing your skills, and growing your network strategically. By implementing these practices, you can turn your LinkedIn profile into a powerful tool in your job hunting arsenal.

1.5. Understanding and Tapping into the Hidden Job Market

When we think of job hunting, job boards seem to be the go-to place to find new opportunities. However, did you know that there’s a hidden job market beyond these job boards, where numerous positions go unadvertised? These roles are often awarded through internal promotions or recommendations, hence completely bypassing conventional advertising methods.

In order not to miss out on these opportunities, you need to go the extra mile in your search.  This article  provides a valuable starting point. Titled “Unearthing the Hidden Job Market: Strategies beyond Job Boards,” it offers crucial insights and strategies to access this covert aspect of job hunting. The methodology outlined in the article is about proactive networking, industry engagement, and intelligent research.

1.6. The Importance of Networking and Creating Professional Relationships

The power of professional networking in the job market cannot be understated. Many job vacancies are filled before they ever get advertised, often through internal referrals. Having a broad and diverse network can greatly enhance your job search, giving you access to opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

Networking isn’t about leveraging others for personal gain, but about creating meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships that can help you and others succeed in your professional journey. If you’re not sure how to effectively engage in networking, the article  “The Networking Secret: How to Expand your Job Opportunities”  serves as an excellent guide. It elaborates on how to build, maintain, and leverage professional relationships in your job search.

1.7. Understanding the Importance of Mentorship in Job Hunting

The job search process can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, particularly if you’re navigating the job market for the first time. This is where a mentor can make a world of difference. By helping you navigate the job market, offering advice, and providing you with industry insights, a mentor can greatly influence your job hunt’s outcome.

A mentor can assist you in ways beyond sharing their experiences and knowledge; they can also introduce you to opportunities through their professional networks. The benefits of mentorship are effectively outlined in the article  “The Mentor Advantage: How Mentors Can Aid Your Job Hunt” . The piece expresses how a good mentor can aid in refining your job hunt strategies, providing professional feedback, and offering motivation and support.

These steps define how you can dig deeper into the job market beyond the obvious. Mastering these aspects ensures that you are not only relying on advertised jobs but you’re proactively seeking opportunities, building relationships, and utilizing valuable resources like mentors. With these tactics in your job hunting strategy, you’re more likely to find rewarding job opportunities that align with your career goals

2. Resume and Application Preparation: Strategic Approaches to Stand Out

A significant part of the job application process is designing a resume that not only documents your professional journey but also subtly expresses your capabilities, strengths, and unique propositions. Your resume is often the initial touchpoint with potential employers and thus, holds immense power in shaping their first impression.

2.1. Building an Effective Resume

Your resume must communicate more than just the basic facts about your academic background, work history, skills, and accomplishments. It needs to articulate your professional narrative in a well-structured, concise, and appealing manner.

In crafting a robust resume, the very first essential step is to understand the requirements of the job that you are applying for. To grab the employer’s attention and pass the initial screening, your resume must explicitly reflect that you meet their requirements. This involves fine-tuning your content and strategically using keywords that match the job description.

Next, focus on your professional achievements rather than just listing your responsibilities. Quantifiable accomplishments give concrete evidence of your capabilities and thus, add immense value. For instance, instead of merely stating that you managed a sales team, state how your effective management increased the team’s performance or sales.

Once your content is sorted, divert your attention to the layout and format. An attractive, easy-to-read, and error-free resume can make a significant difference. Ensure your sections are well-organized, use bullet points for listing items, avoid dense blocks of text, and do a thorough grammar and spelling check.

For a detailed walk-through on the process, this guiding article,  Making an Effective Resume , can be of considerable help. It offers specific guidelines to optimize each resume section, from the objective and skills to experience and education.

2.2. Understanding and Implementing the Latest Resume Trends

To stay competitive in this dynamic job market, you need to stay abreast with the latest trends in resume writing. An updated, modern-looking resume not only reflects that you can keep pace with changes but also increases your chances of passing automated Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) used by many employers today.

One of the trending practices is using data and metrics in your resume to validate your achievements. Numbers draw attention and can effectively present you as a result-oriented individual.

For efficient results of of your job hunting efforts, another factor is the inclusion of soft skills, along with the traditional hard skills. Attributes such as leadership, team-work, problem-solving abilities, and adaptability are highly sought-after in the modern workspace. When listing these, illustrate with examples rather than just mentioning them.

Optimizing your resume for ATS is now a necessity. This involves using appropriate keywords, avoiding unnecessary graphics or unusual fonts, and using a simple and ATS-friendly file type.

For more on these trends, take a look at the feature,  “The Resume Revolution: Modern Trends You Should Know” . The piece discusses these trends in detail and presents techniques on how to integrate these trends into your resume design effectively.

A well-designed resume can dramatically enhance your job search process by catching the employer’s eye and getting you that interview call. Understand the elements that employers look for, keep yourself updated with the latest trends, and tailor your existing resume accordingly. This employment journey essentially begins with a polished and professional resume.

2.3. Tailoring Your Resume: The Key to Capturing Employer Attention

Customizing your resume for each job application is crucial to succeed in your job hunt. A generic resume, while easier to send out in bulk, lacks the specific details that hiring managers look for when screening potential candidates. Personalizing your resume requires time and effort, but the payoff is well worth it, increasing your chances of landing an interview and eventually securing the job.

Tailoring your resume involves carefully reading the job description and aligning your skills and experience with the requirements outlined. Emphasize the most relevant skills, experiences, and achievements in your career history. Highlight the overlap between what the company seeks and what you bring to the table.

If you have employment gaps, handling them tactfully in your resume is essential. Rather than trying to hide these gaps, it’s advisable to address them honestly. Offering constructive reasons for the gap, such as acquiring new skills, volunteering, or personal reasons, can mitigate the negative impact.

Further guidance can be taken from the detailed articles,  Job Application 101: Tailoring Your Resume to Every Job  and  9 Things You Should Never Include in Your Resume . The first article presents the importance of tailoring your resume and provides comprehensive strategies to do so effectively, while the latter offers advice on what to exclude from your resume, including irrelevant information that might negatively impact your application.

2.4. Decoding Job Descriptions: Understanding What Employers Are Looking For

Job descriptions are a crucial part of a job application. Understanding them fully can save you from wasting time on roles that are not a good fit and help you tailor your application more effectively. These descriptions often contain a wealth of information about what the employer values most in a candidate, the roles and responsibilities of the position, what past experiences are desirable, and what skills are necessary.

However, decoding job descriptions goes beyond reading the requirements. It’s about understanding the priorities of the role, determining the company culture, and identifying what isn’t articulated but might be implied. For instance, phrases like “fast-paced environment” might indicate the need for adaptability and excellent time management skills.

Helpful insights on this matter are available in the article  Decoding Job Descriptions: Reading Between the Lines . It provides valuable tips on how to dissect job descriptions and uncover essential hidden clues about the role and the organization for success in job hunting.

To summarize, a successful job application process involves much more than a blanket approach to sending resumes. It’s a combination of personalizing your resume to meet the specific needs of each job and developing a deep understanding of job descriptions. By employing these strategies, you can significantly streamline your job search and increase your chances of success.

3. Interview Preparation and Performance: Your Pathway to Success

Deep-diving into the job search process, while arming yourself with a compelling resume and solid understanding of job descriptions, bears fruit in the form of an interview call. However, obtaining an interview opportunity is only half the battle won. Successful performance in interviews is the final step that can get your foot in the door.

3.1. Getting a General Overview of the Interview Process

Interviews, at their core, aim to assess your suitability for a role beyond what’s stated in your resume. They provide an opportunity for employers to evaluate your technical capabilities, soft skills, fit within the organization, and potential contributions to the company.

Preparing for an interview involves multiple key aspects. It starts with thorough research about the company and role. Understanding the company’s values, culture, industry position, and job role requirements will enable you to answer questions strategically and showcase your alignment with their needs.

Next, preparing responses to common interview questions is a must. Whether technical or behavioral, your answers should be concise, incorporate relevant examples, and underline your strengths and capabilities. But preparation isn’t only about being ready to speak, readying yourself to listen actively and ask insightful questions is equally important. Finally, preparing necessary documents and deciding on professional attire can add to your overall confidence.

Reading  “How to Prepare for an Interview”  can give you a step-by-step walkthrough of interview preparation strategies. In addition, the article  “Do’s and Dont’s in an Interview!”  offers practical tips to ensure a positive and lasting impression on your interviewers.

3.2 Making an Impression: How to Stand Out and Perform Well

The interview is your opportunity to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. Your aim should not only be to convince the interviewers that you are capable of performing the role but also to express your potential contributions and unique value proposition.

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First impressions begin with your body language upon entering the meeting room. Be mindful of your posture, handshake, eye contact, and smile. The way you communicate, including clarity of speech, confidence in your tone, and ability to articulate your thoughts and ideas can also have a significant impact.

Throughout the conversation, aim to assert your potential contributions to the company. Use the art of storytelling when discussing your experience, achievements, and capabilities. Tie your skills and qualifications directly to the job requirement and project enthusiasm for the role and the company. Remember, employers also value soft skills, so exhibiting attributes like adaptability, integrity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, can give you an edge.

Finally, asking relevant questions towards the end of the interview signals your genuine interest in the role and reflects your efforts to understand the company and position fully. Always end the interview on a positive note, expressing your gratitude for the opportunity.

An excellent resource you can rely on is  “9 Ways to Make a Good Impression at Your Job” , which presents various strategies to stand out positively. Similarly, the article  “Informative Introductions: Making a Great First Day Impression”  guides you on effectively introducing yourself, as introductions can often set the tone for the entire interview.

3.3. Aptly Presenting Yourself: From Dress Code to Body Language

Physical appearances can often make a significant difference in how you are perceived during interviews. The way you present yourself, both through your attire and body language, can impact the impressions you create on your interviewers.

3.3.1. Dressing the Part

Choosing what to wear to an interview should not be an afterthought. It’s a part of the impression you make and reflects your understanding of the company’s culture and the seriousness with which you approach the job opportunity. The golden rule is to err on the side of formality; it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

The company’s dress code, the industry, and the role you’re applying for can guide your outfit choice. Even if the company culture is casual, it’s advisable to dress slightly more formally for your interview. It signals respect towards the interviewers and shows that you take the opportunity seriously.

The article  “Dressing the Part: Perfecting Your Interview Attire”  provides comprehensive insights on how to make the best clothing choices for your interview, encompassing different industries, roles, and company cultures.

3.3.2. Understanding Body Language

Being cognizant of your body language can enhance the impact you make in your interview. Non-verbal cues often communicate more than words, projecting your confidence, interest, and openness.

Start with a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact throughout the interview. Good posture communicates confidence, sitting upright and leaning slightly forward expresses keen interest, while crossing your arms can portray defensiveness or discomfort. Minimize nervous habits like pen clicking or leg shaking, which might signal anxiety. Complementing your words with appropriate hand gestures can emphasize points and display enthusiasm.

For a more detailed understanding, refer to the piece  “Body Language Basics: Non-verbal Communication in Interviews” . It provides valuable tips on how to control and utilize your body language to positively influence your interview results.

3.4. Overcoming Common Hurdles: From Interview Anxiety to Difficult Questions

Interviews are critical portions of the job hunt that often come with their share of stress and nervousness. However, a daunting question or an episode of anxiety doesn’t have to derail your performance. With the right mental preparation and strategy, you can tackle even the most challenging interview situations with poise and precision.

3.4.1. Taming Interview Anxiety: Cultivating Confidence

Interview anxiety is common and can rattle the most experienced professionals. Still, it’s crucial to prevent this anxiety from overpowering your interview performance. Overcoming this nervousness becomes more feasible when you adopt proactive confidence-boosting measures.

Preparation is a formidable antidote to anxiety. Arming yourself with comprehensive knowledge about the company, understanding the job role, and anticipating potential interview questions can make you feel more in control. Simulating the interview scenario through role-play or mock interviews can further reduce nervousness by familiarizing you with the process.

Additionally, adopting relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, positive visualization, and mindfulness can help to calm pre-interview jitters. On the day, ensure to arrive early to avoid the additional stress of being late, and remember, a little nervousness can actually work in your favor by keeping you alert and ready to put your best foot forward.

The article,  “Cultivating Confidence: Overcoming Interview Anxiety” , provides specific strategies and steps to manage this anxiety effectively and ensure it doesn’t hinder your success.

3.4.2. Tackling Tricky Questions: Unraveling the Interview Brain-Teasers

Interviewers often incorporate challenging, unexpected questions into interviews to assess your thought-process, problem-solving skills, or see how you handle pressure. The key to answering these brain-teasers is not always about arriving at the ‘right’ answer but more about demonstrating your critical-thinking abilities and responding calmly under pressure.

When faced with a difficult question, avoid rushing into an answer. Pause, take some time to collect your thoughts, and then approach the question systematically. Breaking down the problem into smaller parts, thinking aloud to demonstrate your analytical process, and concluding with a well-reasoned answer can reflect positively on your problem-solving abilities.

Remember, it’s okay not to know the answer. In such cases, honesty is invariably the best policy. Acknowledge that you don’t have the answer but show eagerness to learn or find out.

For more insights into this topic, the article  “Answering the Brain-Teasers Asked in an Interview”  presents valuable tips and strategies to tackle challenging interview queries.

Apprehension before a job interview is normal; however, it becomes manageable with the right approach and preparation. Remember that every challenging question or situation presents an opportunity to truly demonstrate your skills and caliber. These tricky situations might just be the winning tickets towards landing your dream job.

3.5. Standing Out in Group Interviews

Group interviews are a popular selection technique used by employers for various reasons: save time, observe candidates in a team dynamic, or assess potential leadership ability. In such an environment, standing out positively can seem challenging but is certainly achievable with the right strategy.

One key way to stand out is by demonstrating effective communication skills. This covers not just talking eloquently about your experiences and competencies but also listening actively to others and interacting with them constructively. Remember, a group interview is not just about outshining others; it’s about showcasing your ability to work cohesively in a group.

Encourage others when they make good points, respect different viewpoints, and strive to contribute meaningful insights towards the conversation. Displaying good team use, like the ability to negotiate, moderate, or lead, can be advantageous.

You want to be remembered. Ensure to introduce yourself confidently at the beginning of the interaction and provide a memorable closing statement in the end that consolidates the strong impression you’ve made during the interview.

For a more in-depth understanding of group interview strategies, the article titled  “Competitive Edge: Standing Out in Group Interviews”  is an excellent resource. It holds a treasure trove of tactics to navigate group interviews effectively and make a lasting impression.

3.6. Importance of Post-Interview Follow-Up: How and When to Get in Touch with the Interviewer

The interview process doesn’t end when you walk out of the interaction. A timely and thoughtful follow-up can distinguish you from other candidates and reinforce your interest in the position.

Sending a thank-you note within 24 hours of the interview is considered a best practice. The note should express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time, reiterate your interest in the role, and briefly recap why you’d be a good fit. The aim is not only to display your appreciation but also to keep you fresh in the interviewer’s mind. This could be a handwritten note, an email, or even a LinkedIn message, based on the communication style of the organization.

In the following weeks, it’s crucial to keep track of the organization’s response timeline. If you haven’t heard back beyond this timeline, a polite inquiry about the status of your application is appropriate. Persistence can be beneficial, but avoid becoming a nuisance – knowing when and how often to follow up is key.

For more specific guidelines, consider reading the article “Following Up Post-Interview: The ‘When’ and ‘How'”(/job-search-strategies/following-up-post-interview-the-when-and-how/). It provides practical tips on crafting a professional follow-up communication and navigating the post-interview waiting period.

Success in the interview process needs not just preparation and performance but also attention to the details – be it in group dynamics or post-interview follow-ups. These elements could be your extra edge in a competitive applicant pool. Ultimately, the goal is not only to get hired but to join an organization that appreciates your qualities and offers a fulfilling career journey.

4. Evaluation and Post-Interview Process: Navigating Towards Your Dream Job

Securing a job offer brings great relief, yet it marks the beginning of another critical phase of your job search journey – the evaluation and post-interview process. It’s essential to evaluate a job offer holistically beyond just the salary, considering aspects like job content, work environment, growth opportunities, and quality of life. Moreover, entering wage negotiations requires careful thought to ensure a fair compensation package meeting your needs and worth.

4.1. Evaluating Job Offers: Factors Worth Considering in Job Hunting

While a job offer is certainly a cause for celebration, it’s also necessary to carefully evaluate the proposal for alignment with your career goals, lifestyle, and personal satisfaction. A job’s merit does not solely lie in its salary package. Numerous other factors like the role itself, industry, company culture, growth potential, and work-life balance play integral roles in your overall job satisfaction.

The nature of the job role is a primary consideration. Evaluate if the job aligns with your career goals, offers desired responsibilities and the expected growth path. Consider the company’s stability, its reputation in the industry, and how well it aligns with your values and lifestyle.

Further, the job location and commuting time could impact your everyday life. Work hours and flexibility, vacation policy, professional development opportunities, benefits, and overall company culture must also factor into your decision.

For a well-rounded guide to navigate this important decision-making process, refer to the article titled  “Evaluating Job Offers: Factors to Consider” . This article breaks down all the fundamental elements you should consider before accepting the job offer.

4.2. Wage Negotiations: Essential Job Hunting Aspect

Discussing salary is often one of the most challenging aspects of the job hunting process. However, it’s crucial during wage negotiations to ensure that your pay aligns with your experience, skills, the job requirements, and the industry standard.

Prepare yourself for the salary negotiation process by researching and understanding the market rate for the position in your area. Websites like Payscale, Glassdoor, or LinkedIn Salary Insights can provide valuable information on industry standards and comparable salary ranges.

When discussing salary, strive to emphasise the value you bring to the organization. Base your negotiation on specific justifications like your qualifications, experience, skill sets, and the market rate. Avoid making the negotiation process personal. Instead, maintain a professional tone and focus on the value you can add to the company.

Patience is key in salary negotiations. Discussing salary too early in the process, before the employer has gauged your potential value, is a typical mistake.

Lastly, remember that compensation includes more than just base salary. It’s important to consider other elements like bonus structure, health benefits, vacation time, and other job perks.

The article  “The Salary Discussion: Navigating Wage Negotiations”  provides a practical and thorough guide to help you handle salary discussions with diplomacy and confidence.

4.3. Identifying Potential Problems in Job Offers: Spotting the Red Flags

Receiving a job offer can be exciting, but it’s crucial to keep a keen eye on potential red flags before rushing to accept. An appealing package may sometimes mask serious issues with the role, organization, or work environment. Identifying these signs early on can help you avoid potential dissatisfaction or disappointment down the line.

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Some common red flags could include vague job responsibilities in the offer letter or an unexplained rush to fill the role. These could indicate lack of clarity about what the job entails or problems with staff retention, respectively.

Pay close attention to the company culture during your interviews and interactions with potential colleagues. A negative environment, unenthusiastic employees, or poor communication can signal underlying issues in the workplace.

A job offer with a considerably higher salary than the industry average may be enticing but reflect upon why such a high compensation is being offered. It could indicate high employee turnover, unreasonable expectations, long work hours, or high stress associated with the job.

Another significant red flag is when a company fails to provide a comprehensive breakdown of the compensation package or dodges questions about salary and benefits. Transparency about these details is crucial, and any avoidance could imply potential problems.

Consider it a warning sign if the employer doesn’t mention opportunities for growth or advancement during the interview process. Purely focusing on the tasks at hand without detailing career progression schemes could imply stagnancy in the role.

Similarly, if the hiring manager or interviews fail to provide satisfactory answers to your questions or dodge specific topics, it is potentially a red flag signifying lack of transparency or problems they are trying to conceal.

Further guidance on this topic can be taken from the article titled  “Red Flags: Identifying Potential Problems in Job Offers” . It details more warning signs to look out for, empowering you to make an informed decision about any job offer you receive.

4.4. Accepting a Job Offer the Right Way: Etiquette and Best Practices

Once you’ve reviewed a job offer, identified no potential red flags and decided it matches your career goals and personal needs, the next step is accepting the offer. However, how you accept a job offer can set the tone for your professional relationship with your future employer.

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Begin by expressing your appreciation to the employer for the opportunity. Be enthusiastic about your decision and convey your eagerness to contribute to the organization. It’s important to request a written offer if you have only received a verbal one. The written offer should clearly detail the terms and conditions of employment, including the job role, salary, benefits, start date and other key points.

After reviewing the written offer, confirm your acceptance in writing, acknowledging the main points of the offer like position, salary, and start date to avoid any misunderstanding. Other details to verify can include reporting relationships, work schedule, or details about the orientation or onboarding process.

If there are points in the offer that you would like clarified or negotiated, it’s important to handle these discussions with tact and respect. Consider discussing these points over a phone call, expressing your enthusiasm for the role while explaining your reasons for any requested changes.

For more best practices on this process, refer to the guide  Saying Yes: Accepting a Job Offer the Right way . This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to accept a job offer professionally and appropriately.

4.5. Dealing with Job Rejections: Bouncing Back Stronger

Facing job rejections can be disheartening, especially if the role seemed like a perfect fit. There might be different reasons for not landing a job, some within and some beyond your control. However, constructive handling of such setbacks can significantly reinforce your future job search efforts and assist in personal growth.

The first step in dealing with a rejection is acknowledging your feelings. Disappointment, frustration, or self-doubt are common reactions, but it’s essential to not let these feelings deter your motivation. Instead, channel them into determination and resilience.

Use the rejection as a learning opportunity. Seek feedback from the interviewer or hiring manager. Understanding the reasons behind your rejection can provide valuable insights into areas you might need to work on, be it certain skills, your interview technique or even aspects of your resume.

Maintain a forward-looking perspective. A rejection doesn’t reflect your self-worth or future potential. It may merely be a case of not being the right fit for that particular role at that particular time. There could be numerous other opportunities better aligned with your skillset, career goals, and personality.

Keep the momentum going. Continue your job search with renewed vigor. Evaluate and refine your job search strategy and consider expanding your skills or experiences in alignment with your career goals.

For further suggestions on managing job rejections, the article  “Tackling Job Rejections: How to Bounce Back Stronger”  offers practical tips on how to transform these experiences into steps towards success.

Getting through the initial interview phase and reaching the evaluation and post-interview process is an accomplishment that indicates a significant milestone in your career advancement journey. It’s an opportunity to reflect on your offerings, your worth, and how well they align with the employer’s proposition.

This stage of the job-seeking process is a testament to your potential to add significant value to any organization. Whether you’re just embarking on your career journey or are a seasoned professional seeking advancement, every experience, whether acceptance or rejection, contributes to your growth. As you navigate these phases, remember, each step brings you closer to finding your dream job. Happy hunting!

5. Success and Satisfaction in the New Role: From Starting Strong to Ongoing Growth

After persevering through job hunting and interview phases, and finally accepting a job offer, you’ve crossed a significant milestone in your career journey. But remember, landing the job isn’t the finish line — it’s the starting point of your next chapter. The initial days in your new role and your ongoing job satisfaction profoundly impact your career growth and professional fulfillment.

5.1. Making a Successful Start in your New Position

Entering a new job is like stepping onto uncharted territory. The initial days at your new position present fantastic opportunities to learn, impress, and lay a strong foundation for future success.

It’s crucial to invest thought and effort into planning these initial days. An efficient starting point would be developing a 90-day plan. This plan should encompass understanding your role and the organization, rapidly learning and recruiting necessary skills or knowledge, forging connections, and delivering early wins.

Equally important is being observant and listening. Try to understand the company culture, the team dynamics, your colleagues’ roles and responsibilities, and the challenges your team currently faces. Clarify your expectations with your manager, proactively seek feedback, and be open to learning and improvement.

Also, remember to forge strong interpersonal relationships within your team, and beyond. Building a strong network will increase your knowledge about the company, the role, and its requirements. It will also help in acclimating to your new workplace environment.

For more guidance and practical tips on starting a new job, you might find the article  “The 90-Day Plan: Succeeding in Your New Job”  particularly helpful. It provides a well-guided approach to navigating and succeeding in the early phase of your new role.

5.2. Ongoing Work Satisfaction: How to Maintain Job Satisfaction and Continue Growth

Securing a job and settling in is an achievement, but cultivating ongoing job satisfaction and ensuring continued growth requires continuous effort. To ensure sustained satisfaction, you need to proactively steer your job in the desired direction.

Understanding your value and continually seeking opportunities for growth and learning is critical. Be open to feedback, and continually introspect on your performance and areas of improvement. It helps you not only improve but provides a constant source of motivation and progress.

Striving for a healthy work-life balance is equally important. Prioritizing your well-being and personal life, alongside professional growth, is fundamental for sustainable job satisfaction. No job should cause a constant overload of stress or impede significantly on personal time.

Maintain a keen sense of curiosity, a readiness to adapt, and an open mind for learning. Growth does not come from remaining static, but from consistently pushing your boundaries and expanding your knowledge and skills.

An interesting read on this topic is the article  “Seek, Find, Thrive: Turning Job Hunting into Job Satisfaction” . It offers insightful ideas on how to transform your job hunting success into lasting job satisfaction, through continuous learning, adaptability, and balance.

Your journey into a new role isn’t merely about succeeding in tasks assigned but navigating a path of continuous learning, personal growth, and professional satisfaction. It’s about transforming the success of landing a job into the joy of loving the job you perform. The essence of job satisfaction lies in not just finding a job, but also thriving in it. The strategies, insights, and guide provided in the articles “The 90-Day Plan: Succeeding in Your New Job” and “Seek, Find, Thrive: Turning Job Hunting into Job Satisfaction,” serve to support you in that objective and ensure a fulfilling professional journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. q: how do i identify job opportunities that align with my skills and interests.

A: Start by conducting a self-assessment of your skills, interests, and career goals. Next, research job titles and roles that demand your skillset and align with your aspirations. Apply selectively to jobs that offer growth opportunities suited to your career progression. Read more in the article, “Which Job Will Suit Me the Best?”

2. Q: How should I leverage social media for job hunting?

A: Social media can be a powerful tool for job hunting. Platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter can help you expand your network, discover job opportunities, and learn more about potential employers. Make sure your profiles on these platforms are professional and updated. Check out the article Job Hunting in the Digital Age: Harnessing Social Media  for a detailed guide.

3. Q: What are the key elements of a successful resume?

A: A successful resume effectively communicates your skills, experiences, and achievements relevant to the job you’re applying for. It’s well-structured, bullet-pointed, uses action verbs, and is free from grammatical errors. Tailoring your resume to each job application strengthens its impact. Our guides Making an Effective Resume  and  The Resume Revolution: Modern Trends You Should Know  provide a comprehensive understanding.

4. Q: How do I prepare to answer tricky interview questions effectively?

A: To tackle difficult interview questions, stay calm, take some time to gather your thoughts, then answer systematically. Demonstrate your problem-solving skills rather than aiming solely for the ‘right’ answer. For more insights, read the article Answering the Brain-Teasers Asked in an Interview .

5. Q: What factors should I consider while evaluating job offers?

A: When evaluating job offers, look beyond just the salary. Consider the job role, company culture, career growth opportunities, work-life balance, benefits, company reputation among other factors. More in the article Evaluating Job Offers: Factors to Consider .

6. Q: How do I successfully navigate the salary negotiation process?

A: In salary negotiations, ensure you’ve done your research on the industry standard salary for the role and location. Emphasise the value you bring to the organization. Be honest and assertive in your negotiation but avoid ultimatums. For more tips, check out The Salary Discussion: Navigating Wage Negotiations .

7. Q: What’s the best way to deal with job rejections?

A: Job rejections can be disappointing, but it’s important to view them as learning experiences. Seek feedback, address your areas of improvement, and continue applying to other opportunities. For strategies to bounce back stronger from rejections, read Tackling Job Rejections: How to Bounce Back Stronger .

8. Q: How can I start off on the right foot in my new job?

A: Success in your new job begins during the first few days. Develop a 90-day plan to understand your role and organisation, learn the necessary skills, build relationships, and deliver early wins. Be observant, listen actively, and clarify your responsibilities with your manager. Take a look at our article  The 90-Day Plan: Succeeding in Your New Job  for an in-depth guide.

9. Q: How can I maintain satisfaction in my role and continue to grow professionally?

A: Ongoing job satisfaction involves seeking continuous learning opportunities, mastering adaptability, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Regularly address your performance with your manager, be open to feedback and new challenges, and don’t let setbacks hinder your progress. More information can be found in the article Seek, Find, Thrive: Turning Job Hunting into Job Satisfaction .

10. Q: How can I identify red flags in job offers?

A: Red flags in a job offer could include vague job roles, high salary offering without clear reasoning, poor company culture, negative reviews, and reluctance by the employer to provide details about the compensation plan. An article providing in-depth information about this topic is “Red Flags: Identifying Potential Problems in Job Offers” .

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The Great Shift? As job openings, quits taper off, power shifts from workers to employers

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Two years ago, when Richard Jordan switched manufacturing jobs, he reaped the benefits of an employer feeding frenzy for his services.

In the end, Jordan, 58, a senior manager who oversees purchasing and production planning, was offered a 15% to 20% raise from his prior salary and negotiated an additional bump.

Now, with his auto supply company moving his position from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Mexico, Jordan is job hunting again.

He’s drawing plenty of interest, notching about 10 interviews in just a few months. But he’s seriously considering taking a job that would keep his salary at about $140,000. The position also would entail a one-hour commute from his home in Kearney compared to his current five-minute hop to the factory.

“I don’t see everyone offering big money,” Jordan says, referring to the bidding war he enjoyed in 2021.

Is the job market slowing down?

The hottest labor market on record is cooling, a development that’s shifting negotiating leverage from workers to employers and could be further underscored by a report on job openings on Wednesday. Fewer job candidates are haggling over salary, snagging signing bonuses and getting hounded by recruiters, according to survey results set to be released this week by ZipRecruiter, a leading job site.

“Some of the increased leverage that workers experienced during the pandemic….that control seems to be waning,” says Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter’s chief economist.

The job market hasn’t yet tilted in employers’ favor, but “it’s more centered,” says Heather Merrick, managing director of white-collar job placement for Express Employment Professionals, a staffing firm.

That should mean decidedly smaller pay increases for American workers broadly by early next year, some economists say. Workers normally don’t welcome more modest raises. But slowing wage growth likely would go a long way toward bringing down inflation from 3.7% to the Federal Reserve’s 2% goal. And it would prod the central bank to start cutting interest rates after its flurry of aggressive hikes has hammered stocks and raised the prospect of recession, says economist Dante DeAntonio of Moody’s Analytics.

The Fed is expected to hold rates steady at a meeting on Wednesday.

The tilt in bargaining power has been particularly dramatic in recent months, the ZipRecruiter data shows:

◾ 29% of job switchers tried to negotiate a higher salary after receiving a job offer in the third quarter (July-September), down from 41% the previous quarter.

◾ 19% got a counteroffer from their old employer and were asked to stay, down from 26%.

◾ 32% said they were recruited to their new job, down from 44%.

◾ 18% received a signing bonus, down from 28%.

Also, about 65% of job seekers said they felt financial pressure to take the first job offer they received, a figure that has roughly held steady since late last year, according to another ZipRecruiter survey.

Are job openings increasing or decreasing?

Another gauge of the job market’s shifting balance of power comes on Wednesday, when the Labor Department is expected to announce that there were 9.2 million job openings in September, down from 9.6 million in August and 10.6 million early this year. That’s still well above the typical 7 million vacancies before the pandemic and would equate to 1.4 jobs per unemployed worker, above the 1-to-1 ratio that signals a healthy market.

But openings have been volatile and don’t necessarily reflect the actual number of positions employers are trying to fill, DeAntonio says. A better barometer of workers’ leverage is the share quitting jobs each month, which slid from a peak of 3% in April 2022 to 2.3% this past summer, in line with the pre-pandemic average. The latest tally of quits will also be reported on Wednesday.

Workers typically don’t quit a job until they’ve lined up a new one and, with fewer opportunities beckoning, more employees are hunkering down in their current positions, Pollak says.

By historical standards, the 2.3% "quits rate" should translate to 3.5% annual wage growth, the level the Fed is targeting to lower inflation. But pay increases typically lag the quits rate by three to six months, DeAntonio says.

Is wage growth slowing?

That, along with the shift in bargaining power, suggests that wage growth should slow to 3.5% by the first half of next year, DeAntonio says. U.S. pay increases averaged 4.6% in the second quarter, down from 5.1% early this year and 5.7% in mid-2022, according to Labor’s Employment Cost Index.

During the pandemic, millions of Americans left jobs because of child care duties, health concerns, or a cash cushion built by federal stimulus checks and laying low at home. That spawned widespread worker shortages and sharp pay increases aimed at luring those employees still looking for jobs. Millions of workers jumped ship for better pay and benefits, many hopping from one position to the next, a phenomenon dubbed the Great Resignation .

What is happening to the workforce?

But as the pandemic has faded, Americans have gradually returned to the workforce , a trend that has accelerated in recent months and sharply expanded the pool of job applicants, though it’s still below the pre-pandemic level. At the same time, employer demand for workers has eased some, along with consumers’ COVID-era appetite for new TVs and computers and their pent-up desire to travel, dine out and return to activities curtailed by the health crisis.

A year or two ago, manufacturers received a trickle of job applications, says Greg Sulentic, who owns an Express Employment Professionals franchise in Lincoln and is helping Jordan find a job.

“Any candidate who walked through the door could have a job that day,” he says. A lack of experience wasn’t a hurdle; manufacturers were happy to provide training.

Now, Sulentic says, he’s sending area manufacturers about five times as many candidates and they’re far more qualified. The companies, he says, are taking more time to hire, putting applicants through several rounds of interviews.

“They’re no longer going to take a chance on a candidate who doesn’t have at least some solid work experience,” Sulentic says.

Employers are also determined, he adds, to hold on to the workers they hire. “They don’t want to see job hopping” on a resume, he says.

Many white-collar candidates, meanwhile, are still trying to dicker over salary, Merrick says, “but (most) employers are holding firm.”

She estimates that about 85% of candidates are taking the first offer they receive. A year ago, “Unemployed people were turning down two, three job offers.”

The tougher job market has served as a rude awakening for many job seekers, including recent college graduates .

Are college grads more likely to get hired?

Gage Utrup graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, in May and has sent out 500 to 700 job applications but scored just 15 interviews despite an impressive resume that includes four internships in his field of digital marketing. By now, he figured he would have gotten multiple offers that he could leverage to a higher salary.

“It is a little frustrating,” he says. “I get to a second round of interviews and they ghost me.”

Now, he says, he would take a digital marketing position in any industry.

“If I were to get an offer, I’d take it immediately just to get the ball rolling with my career,” he says.

Do workers have leverage?

Some staffing experts say the job market is still skewed toward employees.

“The pendulum has shifted a little bit to the employer … but it’s still a tight market,” says Mike Steinitz, executive director of Robert Half, a staffing firm for professional and office workers. He cites the historically low 3.8% unemployment rate.

Jo Webber, CEO of AtlasJobs, which sells technology to recruiters, says demand for skilled employees such as nurses is so acute that Atlas targets people who frequently enter and leave hospitals with job ads on their mobile social media sites, assuming they’re health workers.

Pollak says employees still hold all the cards in industries such as health care that are beset by worker shortages. However, the power is shifting to employers in lower-wage sectors such as restaurants and retail.

Last year, Survival Frog – which sells canned meat, masks and other accessories for crisis preparedness – was getting 30 to 40 applications for a customer support opening and just one or two candidates were following up, says CEO Byron Walker. About half wouldn’t show up for scheduled interviews and one-quarter of those who got job offers rejected them.

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Now, he says, he gets hundreds of applications for a vacancy within a couple of hours, and nearly all show up for interviews and accept offers.

“And the quality of applicant is so much higher,” he says,

As a result, Walker says he's taking advantage of the more favorable market to upgrade his eight-person staff this year. He has let go of a few customer service employees he brought on during the dire labor crunch and replaced them with more qualified hires.

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Guides to Online Job Search Tools

In the last few years, technology has dramatically changed how employers find and hire employees. And, those changes in recruiting have impacted job search in ways that job seekers have never seen before.

Understanding the new technology, from how to use Google and social media (particularly LinkedIn) to effectively using job boards and even email, is essential now. These links take you to Job-Hunt Guides on those topics:

  • Guide to Finding Jobs Online This Guide shows where jobs are posted online.
  • Guide to Being Found on LinkedIn (LinkedIn SEO) helps you understand how to apply SEO principles to LinkedIn so that you have the right keywords for you in the right spots in your LinkedIn Profile.
  • Guide to LinkedIn for Executives Even executives need a LinkedIn presence for their professional visibility and credibility. It will be checked by competitors, colleagues, and potential employers.
  • Guide to Facebook for Job Search Facebook can be very effective for job search. It can also be very damaging. This Guide helps you leverage Facebook for positive results in your job search.
  • Guide to Twitter Job Search Twitter can be an excellent source of job leads for the employers and fields you follow. Twitter can also be very helpful in identifying good contacts and expanding your network.
  • Guide to Personal Branding with LinkedIn LinkedIn is an essential part of online visibility for most professionals, and, done well, LinkedIn can be the foundation for your personal brand, whether you are building it, maintaining it, or changing it.
  • Personal Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile LinkedIn is a very important tool for building your personal brand. Particularly if you are an executive, this ebook helps you leverage your personal brand using LinkedIn.
  • Personal Marketing Plan This ebook helps you to pull all of the pieces together to create a solid personal brand and then to leverage social media to make progress in your job search.
  • Guide to Personal Online Reputation Management Your personal online reputation has a much bigger impact on your job search and career than you may know. Having a poor — or no — online reputation may eliminate you from consideration.
  • Guide to Using Google for Your Job Search Google offers job seekers many tools to help them manage their job hunting, and this Guide explains how to use those tools successfully, starting with more effective search queries.
  • Guide to Email for Job Search Email is essential for communication now, but it can cause problems and cost opportunities if used inappropriately in a job search. This Guide shows you how to use email most effectively in your job search.
  • Guide to Job Boards From (today’s largest source of job postings in the world) to Craigslist’s local online classified, job boards are everywhere. Some are excellent, some are not particularly useful, and some are downright dangerous (or, simply scams). This Guide helps you analyze job boards and use them appropriately, particularly Indeed and Craigslist.

Guides to Working from Home

More options for earning a living are developing. For some people and some situations, being a “temp” is the best option — generating income working for a temporary staffing agency. This avoids needing to go to an employer’s location, and offers the ability to “test” different employers and jobs.

For many of us, technology is enabling more of us to work from our homes. Employers are allowing — or encouraging — employees to work from their homes as “remote workers” or “telecommuters.” In addition, many people are turning to self-employment as a good option, working when, where, and how they choose.

  • Guide to Work From Home Jobs Working from home can take many different forms, from working “remotely” for your employer to running your own business. This Guide helps you understand your options and choose a direction that will work best for you.
  • Guide to Gigs, Freelance,and Contracting Jobs These can become great careers or a way to fill an “employment gap” while you look for a “real job.” They can also be a great way to work from home, generating income, working when and where you want.
  • Guide to the Temporary Work Option Working for a temporary agency which connects you to short-term jobs can be an excellent way to explore new careers, get a “foot in the door” with a new employer (while deciding if you would like to work there), fill an employment gap on your resume, or just generate income without worrying about getting along with co-workers.

Guides to Traditional Job Search Process and Tools

While technology has had an enormous impact, resumes are still very important, and job interviews usually clinch the job offer (when done well). Also smart job seekers understand what recruiters want, how to leverage temporary employment effectively, successfully navigate the job search process, and much more. Read these Guides to catch up on what is most effective now:

  • Guide to Getting Started with Your Job Search This Guide provides the foundation for moving ahead with your job search, helping you understand all of the different aspects of it, including the process and the tools you can use to succeed.
  • Smart Answers to Interview Questions Recruiter advice on how to answer the most commonly asked questions in your next job interview. This Guide covers the top questions as well as offering sample answers to help you develop your own responses.
  • Smart Strategies for Behavioral Interview Questions These are the questions recruiters ask that begin with “Tell me about a time when…” or “Give me an example of…” They are challenging to answer without a strategy, shared here with sample answers.
  • Guide to Writing Thank You Notes After a Job Interview , including Samples If you are not sure what format to use (email, hand-written, or typed) or how to write an effective thank you after your job interview, this Guide provides advice plus thank you note (and email) samples for you to adapt to your own situation.
  • Successful Job Interviewing Written by a recruiter , this ebook helps you effectively prepare for your job interviews.
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  • Guide to Informational Interviews Informational interviews are an excellent way to collect information before you start to make a change in your career, and they are also an excellent way to expand your professional network.
  • Guide to Job Search Networking Networking is the key to success in a job search! Job seekers who don’t understand networking have a serious handicap in their job search. This Guide offers you a foundation understanding of effective networking as well as many networking tips and tricks to use for a successful job search.
  • Guide to Freelancing and Contracting Freelancing or contract jobs can be a temporary gap filler that provides a good income for a set period of time. For an increasingly large number of workers, freelancing is a new career. It typically pays better than a “real job” and cuts you loose from getting too caught up in the internal politics of a typical organization. But, the hazards are ending at a specific point, finding the next “gig,” and managing your own tax payments.
  • Guide to Temporary Employment Often temporary employment is a necessity. It can also be a great way to check out an employer while you “audition” for a permanent job. And, for many, it is a convenient way to earn an income without an endless commitment to a single employer. This Guide helps you be a successful temporary worker.
  • Guide to Job Search Navigation A job search (and a career) require navigation to be successful. In this Guide, learn how to navigate your way to a new job.
  • Guide to Working with Recruiters Recruiters are key players in any job search because they are usually the people who manage the process. Working well with them is not optional, and this ebook, written by a recruiter, will help you understand their perspective and work with them successfully.
  • Guide to Your Best Job Search Mindset Employers have a different view of the job search process than most job seekers do, naturally. This ebook offers you the employer’s perspective — of you and your actions.

Guide to Avoiding Online Job Search Hazards

Unfortunately, new technology has created some new hazards, like protecting your privacy, job hunting without getting fired, and managing your online reputation. Old hazards have morphed into new versions, particularly related to scam jobs, scam job boards, and employer identity theft. These Job-Hunt Guides will help you navigate some tricky waters around those topics:

  • Guide to Protecting Your Privacy In an online job search , smart job seekers take precautions to protect their privacy. This Guide explains why and how to do that.
  • Guide to Avoiding Job Scams Unfortunately, people in a job search are exposed to a number of scams, and without knowing what you might be facing and how many of the scams operate, you can be badly hurt by them. So, read this Guide to understand how to spot and avoid online scams in your job search.
  • Guide to Personal Online Reputation Management Employers and recruiters use the Internet’s search capabilities to research potential job candidates. What they find can make the difference between being considered for a job and being ignored. So, today, online reputation management is really not optional. This Guide offers the why and how to protect your reputation online.
  • Guide to a Stealthy Job Search Employers are not usually happy to discover that an employee is job hunting. Often, that employee loses their job immediately or has a very uncomfortable discussion with their boss. Unfortunately, today, it is easy for employers to discover that an employee is job hunting. This Guide offers help to avoid that situation.

Guides for Handling Career Change, Unemployment, and Job Loss

Job loss is tough, regardless of the cause. These Job-Hunt Guides provide you with help recovering from layoffs or being fired and landing a new job:

  • Starting Your Career Reinvention For a successful career change, you need to understand yourself — what you want to do and what you like to do. This ebook provides a process that will help you figure out what should be next for your career.
  • Implementing Your Career Reinvention Once you know the direction you want your career to take, you can move in that direction. This ebook describes 5 steps to implement your career change.
  • Guide to Beating Unemployment Finding a new job is usually an immediate need for someone who has lost their job or who is unemployed. This Guide offers detailed advice on how to manage the issue in resumes, LinkedIn Profiles, job interviews, and other steps in the process of finding a new job.
  • Guide to Job Loss Recovery Losing your job can be a very big blow to both your confidence and your bank account. Successfully handling that blow can make the difference between a short and a longer job search. This Guide offers you help recovering from job loss.
  • Guide to Layoff Self-Defense Smart job seekers don’t assume that they will not be laid off, particularly if their employer has laid off other employees. This ebook helps you to lay the groundwork for surviving if you are laid off (or, maybe, for leaving before it can happen to you).

Guides for Specific Groups of Job Seekers

Many groups of job seekers face unique issues, based on their age, experience level, or personal preferences. This section of Job-Hunt.Org helps members of those groups, from boomers to veterans, introverts to new grads, .

Learn what your group needs to know to succeed by reading the appropriate Guide(s) for you.

  • Converting Your Internship to a Full-Time Job Often an internship can be a short-cut to a full-time job. This ebook helps you craft that transition. .
  • Guide to Job Search for Veterans Veterans and active-duty members preparing for transition to the civilian job market have both advantages to leverage and disadvantages to overcome for a successful job search. If you are a veteran or in transition, this Guide provides you with guidance for dealing with the issues and making the advantages obvious to civilian employers.
  • Guide to Job Search for Over 50 and Boomers Boomers face many issues in their job search, from the possible disadvantage of no longer being young (and inexpensive) to the advantages resulting from a strong network built up over their lives. This Guide helps Boomer job seekers manage the “age issue” and reconnect with their networks, both resulting in successful job searches more quickly.
  • Guide to Job Search for Working Moms Working mothers face unique issues — from explaining “the gap” when they job search after staying home with their children for a while to balancing priorities and juggling schedules while interviewing. This Guide helps working moms navigate to job search success with advice from a genuine working mom.
  • Guide to Attorney Job Search Attorneys and lawyers have very specific and unique requirements and processes in their search for a new job. From resumes to social media, they face requirements that few other job seekers and job candidates face. In this Guide, an attorney who has also hired attorneys explains the process.

Guides for Specific Industries and Locations

Industries can differ dramatically in the process for successfully landing a job. In these Guides you will find help in understanding the requirements, processes, and unique characteristics of a specific industry. From the US Federal Government to information technology (IT) to attorneys and more, these Guides will increase your understanding of specific fields. That understanding will help you be more successful:

  • Guide to Startup Jobs There’s one category of jobs which is misunderstood more than any other. It’s working for startups. Startups are not well-understood, and many wrong assumptionsare made. This Guide helps you understand how startups work, and how working for one may be a great career move for you.
  • Create an Effective Federal Resume with the USAJOBS.GOV Resume Builder A key part of being considered for a job is doing a good, clean job of making your resume visible in the USAJOBS.GOV resume database. This ebook helps you accomplish that goal.
  • Guide to Information Technology (IT) Job Search The field of information technology continues to grow in importance as IT becomes increasingly embedded in our lives. This Guide helps you navigate your way to a job in this industry.

Job-Hunt’s Free eBooks

For several years, Job-Hunt has provided free ebooks to help you be more successful in your job search. This is the complete list:

  • All of the free Job-Hunt ebooks on one page – the Job Search Guides .
  • New Year, New Job! 101+ tips from Job-Hunt’s Experts in how you can successfully leverage the BEST time of the year to land a job.
  • Guide to Layoff Self-Defense Smart job seekers don’t assume that they will not be laid off, particularly if their employer has laid off other employees. This Guide helps you to lay the groundwork for surviving if you are laid off.
  • Successful Job Interviewing Written by a recruiter, this ebook helps you effectively prepare for your job interviews.
  • Choosing Safe Job Boards Not every job board is useful. Some are scams and some are ineffective. This Guide explains how to evaluate job boards, separating the good ones from the useless and/or dangerous.
  • Using Craigslist for Job Search Craigslist can be a wonderful source of local jobs, no matter where you are in the world. The Guide offers tips on leveraging Craigslist for your job search as well as how to spot and avoid scams.
  • Personal Marketing Plan This ebook helps you to pull all of the pieces together to make progress in your job search.
  • Job Search Networking for Introverts Networking is probably the biggest challenge for introverts. This ebook provides help for introverts (and shy people) to address the issues associated with networking.
  • Converting Your Internship to a Full-Time Job Often an internship can be a short-cut to a full-time job. This ebook helps you make that transition happen.

For more information on the experts who write this information for you, visit the Job-Hunt Job Search Experts page.

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Susan P. Joyce

Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce  has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Follow Susan on Twitter at  @jobhuntorg  and on Facebook , LinkedIn . More about this author …

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Guides to Smarter Job Search

Guide to successful job interviews.

How to handle the different types of interviews, including telephone and video, how to prepare for interviews, PLUS Smart Answers to Interview Questions and Smart Strategies to Answer to Behavioral Interview Questions .

Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search

Learn how to develop an effective Profile, leverage LinkedIn Groups and Updates, plus more tips for advancing your job search and your career using LinkedIn.

Guide to Working From Home

Working from home, also called "remote" work and "telecommuting," is becoming more popular and important as we deal with COVID-19.

Guide to Working with Recruiters

These people represent the "buyers" so they are very important to you. Learn how to work with them effectively.

Guide to Freelancing and Contracting

Freelancing or contract jobs can be a temporary gap filler that provides a good income for a set period of time (weeks or months).

Guide to the Temporary Work Option

Temporary employment can be a short-term fix (days or weeks), paying the bills while you fill an employment gap.

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Guide to veterans job search.

For veterans and those in transition, learn how to successfully execute a civilian job search. Adapt and overcome!

Guide to Beating Unemployment

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Job hunting, job seeking, or job searching is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment, underemployment, discontent with a current position, or a desire for a better position. The immediate goal of job seeking is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired. The job hunter or seeker typically first looks for job vacancies or employment opportunities.

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Job hunting refers to the process of actively seeking employment opportunities or searching for a new job. It involves various activities, such as seeking job listings, submitting job applications, attending job interviews, networking with professionals, and evaluating job offers, with the goal of securing suitable employment. Job hunting typically involves careful research, planning, and effort to find job openings that align with one's skills, qualifications, interests, and career goals.

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Job hunting, job seeking, or job searching is the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment or discontent with a current position. The immediate goal of job seeking is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired. The job hunter or seeker typically first looks for job vacancies or employment opportunities.

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Create a list of positive attributes about yourself so you can remember how great you are when the search doesn't go as planned, job-hunting is a full-time job and people need to realize it is going to take time.

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If your job is in an industry or occupation where the revenue depends on buyers with the discretion to postpone their purchases, start job hunting immediately for positions where that's not the case.

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Russia to Unveil New Fighter Jet at Moscow's Air Show

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian aircraft makers say they will present a prospective new fighter jet at a Moscow air show that opens next week.

The new warplane hidden under tarpaulin was photographed being towed to a parking spot across an airfield in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, where the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon opens Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to visit the show's opening.

Russian media reports said that the new jet has been built by the Sukhoi aircraft maker in a program of development of a light tactical fighter.

Unlike Russia's latest Su-57 two-engine stealth fighter, the new aircraft is smaller and has one engine.

The new warplane's name is unknown, and there is no information about its capability and deployment prospects.

The Su-57 has been built to match the U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, but unlike the American aicraft that has been in service since 2005 its serial production is just starting and a new engine intended to give it the capability to cruise at supersonic speed is still under development.

The new Russian warplane appears intended to compete with the U.S. F-35 Lightning II fighter, which entered service in 2015. Russia hopes to eventually offer the new aircraft to foreign customers.

Rostec, the state corporation that includes Russian aircraft makers, said the "fundamentally new military aircraft” will be unveiled Tuesday at the show. In an apparent bid to raise public interest before the presentation, Rostec published a picture of the new plane covered by tarpaulin with “wanna see me naked?” written under it. It also posted a brief video featuring excited foreign customers and the jet's vague shadow over the water.

Following the Rostec announcement, Russian plane spotters rushed to Zhukovsky to take pictures of the new plane — an eerie parallel with Cold War times when Western spies tried to get a glimpse of the latest Soviet warplanes at the tightly-guarded airfield that served as the country's top military aircraft test facility.

“Russia is one of the few countries in the world with full-cycle capacities for producing advanced aircraft systems, as well as a recognized trendsetter in the creation of combat aircraft," Rostec said.

The Kremlin has made modernization of the country's armed forces a top priority amid a bitter strain in relations with the West, which have sunk to post-Cold War lows after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, accusations of Russian interference in elections, hacking attacks and other irritants.

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