Conducting a job search, especially an effective one, is no easy task. It takes a lot work and – perhaps even some blood, sweat and tears at times – to find that perfect job. The results of your job search all come down to how you prepare for it. Follow these five job search tips for streamlining your search and getting a successful outcome…sooner rather than later!
Self-assessment should be the first step of your job search. Identify your personal goals early in the game; it will make your search go much smoother. What are your interests? Your strengths? Weaknesses? What kind of job do you think you would not only be good at, but also truly enjoy? What do your long-term aspirations looking like? If you can self-evaluate and bring your personal and professional goals into focus, you can streamline your job search and get results faster.
Do Your Research.
Before sending out resumes or submitting employment applications, do your research. Casting a wide net and applying for just about every job you come across can be one of the biggest time-wasters around – and it leads to an ineffective job search. Make a targeted list of companies you’d like to work for. It doesn’t have to be just companies that are actively hiring. It can be companies that you know have a good reputation in your industry and would be a good fit for your skills and career goals. Spend some time researching industry-specific job boards and sites and make a list of the jobs that you want to apply for. Also check out job postings on LinkedIn and staffing agency websites. Last but definitely not least, round out your research by networking. Find out from friends, family and former colleagues if they know of any good job opportunities or know someone who might be of help with your search.
When the time comes for job interviews, be ready. Know the job description that you’re interviewing for inside and out. Know which parts of your background and skills are most complementary to the job you’re interviewing for, and be prepared to discuss them. Have your list of references lined up and ready to respond if called upon. If you know other people who work at the company you’re interviewing with, reach out to them before the interview and let them know you have an interview. Get their personal insights into the company and any ‘inside scoop’ that might be beneficial to know before interviewing.
Don’t leave your interview and just wait for the phone call or email letting you know if you got the job. Be proactive. Follow up the next day with personal emails to each of the interviewers. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you, and remind them why you’re the best candidate for the job. If a few weeks pass and you haven’t heard anything, stay positive. Sometimes the hiring process takes longer than expected. Follow up again so you’re on top of mind if they’re still making a hiring decision.
Use a Staffing Agency.
Working with a staffing agency like A.R. Mazzotta can help a whole lot when it comes to your job search. The best part is our services are available to candidates at no cost – ever. We work with some of the best employers in CT and successfully place 1,000+ candidates per year in positions ranging from temp/contract assignments to full-time careers. Our recruiting specialists can help you define your career goals, assess your skills and carefully match your personal talents with the appropriate company, culture and job requirements. It’s a no-risk solution that many job seekers take advantage of for their CT job search.
Learn more about our staffing services and how we can assist with your job search!