Things You Need to do Before you begin Your Job Search

Author: CleanerLife

Are you unemployed?

Perhaps you've made up your mind that it is time for you to leave your existing job.

Whatever your reason, if you are preparing to get started with searching for a new job, don't be in too much of a hurry to start applying. There are certain things you should do before you begin.

Don't panic, even if you've been laid off or fired from a job, you have to take some time to make sure that you are properly prepared to locate your next occupation. Here's the top things you need to do in order to build an effective as well as successful job search.

Have your resume in order. There is a good chance your resume is going to be the first bit of information a potential new employer will see about you. Not only are first impressions very important, but with so many job seekers responding to job openings, it may very well be the only thing they'll learn about you.

Make sure that your resume looks professional. The format should be uniform with perfect grammar and spelling. It needs to be organized in a standard fashion so that it is easy for the reader to quickly go through the sections and find the information they are looking for. Keep in mind the proper use of bold lettering for headers and bulleted lists for impact, and be consistent.

You must write a good cover letter, and you should use it as a template that can be customize for each employer or job you submit it to. It should complement your resume's in tone, as well as using the same font and letter size. It should be looked at as a part of your resume.

Cover letters should provide a possible employer with an overview of your talents and abilities, but should be focused on how they will benefit anyone who might hire you. Keep it to being just a single page at the most.

Often a hiring manager will quickly read a cover letter looking for any excuse to not even bother with the resume and move on to the next candidate. Be extra careful with spelling and proper grammar on a cover letter and make it very interesting so a potential employer will want to read your resume and maybe even call you in for an interview.

Search for your name, with and without quotation marks on the Internet. You want to do this to make sure that there is nothing negative floating around the search engines about you. You may not think that it is possible, but it doesn't hurt to look.

If nothing negative turns up, great! But if you do find something negative, you need to take steps to clear up any bad things and or counter them with more positive things. If you aren't already on LinkedIn, join up. If you are already a member, give your profile a bit of a polish. Employers often times use LinkedIn to locate or learn more potential new employees.

You should consider posting your qualifications online, as a visual resume or CV.These are becoming more popular as you are able to include videos, images and links to spotlight your capabilities and accomplishments.

Before actively starting your job search, set yourself some goals. You could decide on sending out a certain number of resumes or making a set number of contacts each week. You should have all of the things you need do to for your job search written down. Then set goals for yourself based on those things and keep them updated as you progress.

Searching for employment may take awhile, you may even need to settle for something that you consider less than ideal until you find the right offer, but don't get discouraged. Job searching is a job in itself. You decide how to go about it and how much effort you put into it.

In the end, it'll be you who is responsible for getting results, but a little advanced planning could make all the difference in the world.

About the Author: CleanerLife

Freelance Web Designer.

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