Need a little boost in your job search? We've taken some of the best advice from this year and packaged it in these cut-and-save cards that you can stash away in your drawer at work or on your kitchen bulletin board at home.
Your resume is your most important job-search tool. Check it every month or so to ensure it's presenting your skills in the best possible way.
Keep it short.
Quantify your value. Employers understand numbers.
Emphasize language skills.
Describe how you've supported yourself.
Describe the companies you've worked for in the past and present.
Use a professional-sounding e-mail address.
The small step of sending a thank-you letter after an interview could seal the deal toward landing your new job.
Quick response: It's best to send the letter within 24 hours of the interview, and it can be done either by e-mail or traditional mail.
Quick recap: Use the note to emphasize something you may have forgotten to say during the interview.
Be thankful: Obviously, you need to express appreciation for the opportunity to meet. Restate your interest in the job and emphasize two of your strongest talents.
List of references
A strong reference list should consist of five to 10 people who can speak to your workplace strengths and skills.
Talk to your references. Tell them beforehand so they can prepare a succinct statement about you.
Provide references. Don't wait for a recruiter to ask for your references. Instead, hand them over during the interview.
Keep in touch. Your references should be kept up-to-date on your career, especially if you're launching a new job search.
You want to look as professional as possible when interviewing for job. Avoid these blunders:
Odd hair color.
Visible tattoos and body piercings.
Strappy, open-toe shoes.
Too much perfume.
Too much makeup.
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Seek help. Ask for assistance with your resume. Practice mock interviews with friends.
Stay positive. Your future employer wants to hire someone with a positive outlook.
Use all the resources available to you, including office equipment, to make things easier for yourself.
Target hiring managers, the real decision makers at a company or firm.
Consider temping as a way to make money while you're looking.
Your interview is your one chance to make a strong impression. Take advantage of it.
Tell a story: Your interviewer wants to know about your skills and experiences, but he or she also wants to know about you. Work your answers into stories or anecdotes about yourself.
Don't say it: Don't talk about money or benefits during the first interview. Don't badmouth about any of your past employers. Don't mention outside career aspirations or part-time jobs.
Be memorable: Do or say something that will allow you to stand out in the mind of your interviewer.