Searching for a job can be very stressful but just as any stressful situation there are things a person can do to relive some of the pressure. There are five quick steps that I think should be utilized when starting your job search, it will help keep you motivated.
Step 1: Get a notebook and a pencil! Start asking yourself what it is you want to do and what it is you’re good at! What would be your ideal position and what will you need to do to get there? This notebook should stay with you through your job search so you can write pros and cons for the companies you interview with also keep yourself organized.
Step 2: Inspect your resume! Keeping a resume updated is something that most people don’t worry about until they are searching for a job, update it during and after every position then all you will need to do is make any adjustments that apply to a certain position you’re interested in. Have friends and family read your resume and give you suggestions, always get a third party opinion. Keep your resume on a zip drive so it’s with you when ever you need it. Post your resume to job boards and contact your network of business professionals. Work with a recruiter!
Step 3: Act the part, Review job boards, talk with your network, and take advantage of social media, do what you can to get your name out there. Dress for success at every interview or meeting you have with any professionals, peers or not. Maintain a schedule and stick to it, if you’re not currently in the job market, slacking on your daily routine will make you lazy and less motivated.
Step 4: Do your research! Know the market; invest time in current events, and promoting yourself. The more you research and explore your options the more personal encouragement you will have and this will lead to the confidence employers are looking for. Educating yourself will only add to your value, be prepared and go for it!
Step 5: Don’t give up! Searching for a job is difficult, searching for a career is even harder, but you cannot give up in your search. I’m sure you’ve heard before that you should smile when you speak to someone on the phone, even though they can’t see you they can hear the enthusiasm in your voice and it’s hard to stay in a bad mood if you smile long enough. Every day is a new day and it deserves 100% so stick with it and follow these steps they will help keep you on your game!
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