I wanted to piggy back off last week’s posting on resumes and this time write about finding a job, which I have written about many times.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being laid off or you are a recent grad just coming into the work force, or perhaps a mom who has been out of work caring for her kids, you need to make finding a job your #1 priority.
Set some goals. What will you accomplish each day or each week? Will you try to take an online course to keep up with the market you are looking at working in? WIll you send out ten resumes and cover letters, and most times that means you will need to tailor each resume and each cover letter to each individual job. Will you, make some phone calls or better yet network at after hours events for people in your industry?
All of these functions fall under the job search category. Don’t expect anyone to hand anything to you. As someone who is looking to hire, I can promise you that I look at relevant skills to the role I am trying to fill. If you’re using a canned resume, then more than likely I’ll know. And or I’ll just assume you don’t have the specific skills that I am looking for if they aren’t brought to the light for me.
At the end of the day, hiring managers have to look at dozens of resumes and if you don’t make yourself stand out in some way then your luck is just as good as everyone elses. So quit betting and make the job search YOUR job and I guarantee if you put some real effort into it and get creative with how to stand out from the crowd, then eventually, you’ll strike gold!
What did you do today?
P.S. Don’t believe me? Read what Dr. Phil has to say on the topic of looking for work.
P.P.S. Are you in nursing? Here are some interesting job search statistics from 2011.
Found in the article titled, Using Social Media for Job Searches.