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January 25, 2012

10 job-search tips for 2012

Filed under: Job Search Preparation, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 12:46 pm

Justin Thompson, CareerBuilder Writer, offers 10 tips for a successful job search in 2012 which are summarized below:

1. Create a job-search strategy.
Do not use shotgun approach to job search. Tailor your existing skills to a job’s requirements and spend time preparing better résumés and cover letters instead of just blasting a generic one to every single posting.

2. Define your goals.
Ask yourself, "What do I really want out of a job?". Define what you want out of your job besides cash. Then you can figure out what your best selling points are and the most valuable skills you have to sell to an employer.

3. Diversify your search.
The more ways you can put yourself out in front of potential employers (social networking, face-to-face networking, applying in person, etc.), the more opportunities you’ll come across and the more you will place yourself ahead of the rest.

4. Evaluate your skills and add more.
Brush up on your skills with online courses or community classes. Government funding and other programs are available for out-of-work job seekers who want to enroll in training or continue their education to better position themselves in the current workforce. And there are free online courses that are available – check out the list of these courses at RochesterWorks Virtual Career Center.

5. Be unique.
Do something that will help you stand out and be memorable to the employer. Find out the name of the hiring manager or someone who heads up the department the position is in, and contact him directly. Use the information on LinkedIn to your benefit. Reach out with a brief introduction, and let him know you’ve applied for the position and you hope to be in touch. After applying, it  never hurts to follow up with a company via social media to share your excitement about the position.

6. Listen.
Pay attention to how employers are communicating their open positions in the social media and their websites. Connect with other job seekers or career experts, and see what methods you can adopt from their job-search strategies. Join Twitter chats and online career fairs to connect with more employers and broaden your network.

7. Set goals.
Yes, the goal is to get a job, but to achieve that, you need to break it down into smaller goals that can be successfully completed. First, choose monthly goals such as joining professional organizations or volunteering at a nonprofit that will allow you to flex and use your skills. Then create a weekly goals and then a daily to-do list. Hold yourself accountable for achieving these goals, you’ll feel better about yourself. And this can be used in your job search and interviews as a great example of your problem-solving skills.

8. Prepare for anything.
Always be ready. Have at least five examples that demonstrate your best qualities. Have your success stories ready. Rehearse for interviews. Have a complete list of references and their contact information to give to interviewers.

9. Positive thinking can lead to positive results.
See every situation as a learning opportunity. A positive attitude is contagious, and the more positive you are, the more likely others will be to go out of their way to help you.

10. Stay balanced.
Get sufficient rest. Meet with friends. Stay active. Do things you enjoy.

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