In my area, the economy is slowing improving … and with a bit more optimism and determination businesses are beginning to hire again. They are posting to websites, listing openings on their websites and employees are spreading the word. Most are bypassing the newspapers due to cost and getting slammed with resumes.
Once you see a job opening, pick up the phone and call the company to see if the job is still open. It’s a legitimate way to make personal contact and perhaps to learn more about the position.
Monster.com is the first job board and still one of the biggest names in the job industry. Submit your resume and check existing jobs. Another source is craigslist.org. This is a free website that attracts a wide range of businesses. There will likely be something under the Jobs tab that fits your qualifications.
Another useful website to visit is LinkedIn.com because you can search the Jobs tab and find jobs in your area or specialty. At my local library, a Career section is filled with business journals, newsletters and books about career change, skills, finding your perfect fit, resume writing, cover letters and interviewing.
If you do get an interview, there are websites with great information about interviewing and behavioral interview questions. More and more employers are asking behavioral questions in the interview as a way to determine core skills and competencies. These interview questions focus on job related experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities. In order to determine your future actions, they take a look at your past activities.
A behavioral question opens a window into your world that is often absent from the cover letter or resume. In fact, selecting ten or more questions prior to an interview will help you have a clearer vision of yourself, your success and failures, challenges, accomplishments and the lessons you’ve learned.
After you interview, ALWAYS send a written thank you note. Just do it … it shows you have manners and class. It does make a difference.
- Best Job Interview (best-job-interview.com)
- Why Don’t They Just Get a Job? (margekatherine.com)
- 11 Sure-Fire Things to Do When You’re Unemployed and Job Hunting (ezine.com)
- Proactive Steps for Surviving Unemployment (ezine.com)