If you are currently searching for a job – and we’re assuming you are, given that you’ve read this far! – you likely are feeling a variety of emotions. Excited, nervous, overwhelmed…these are all common emotions when we’re on the job market. The more you know about strategies that work, the better of a position you’ll be in.
Never wear strong fragrances when you are out looking for a job. Even if you find the scent to be quite pleasant, there is a chance that the hiring manager may have allergies or an aversion to the smell. It is best to smell like soap and lotions instead of cologne and perfume.
A great tip for any job is to have perfect attendance. When companies are looking to lay off workers they often times look at attendance. They’d rather not pay benefits to the no-shows, so they will be first to go. By showing up every day you protect your own wallet in the long run.
Continuously update your skills. The work world is always changing, just like technical things do, and you must show that you can keep up. If you are to have a sustainable edge over other candidates, you must be fully aware of significant changes that may affect your chosen industry. Attend classes and sign up for professional seminars. This makes you more of an asset to your prospective employers.
When you are applying for a job, make sure that the job will make you happy. Often you will become so concerned with the amount of money the job pays, that you will disregard the quality of life that it will bring you. Always balance the monetary and practical benefits of a job.
Always ask for permission before providing someone’s name and contact information for a personal or professional reference. If your contact is caught by surprise by your would-be employer, he may not have time to give a positive, well-thought-out answer. You also run the risk of discovering that this person did not share enthusiasm for your performance, skills and abilities.
You should avoid being set on a single position. Even if something looks promising, it is not a sure thing until you are actually hired. Be certain to maintain lots of options. By applying to many different places, you have a better chance of obtaining a job.
Do not use a personal email address for job hunting. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that some job board sites will sell your email address for spam, so you’ll want to throw it away when done. The second is that you may accidentally send an email to your whole address book which ends up being personal.
Google yourself to see what type of information comes up for potential employers when they search. If you see something that looks like it could be damaging to you, do everything you can to have it removed. Whether you believe it or not, many employers use Google searches to weed out people they don’t want to hire.
It is no understatement to say that trying to find a job in today’s job market can often make even those of us with the lengthiest of resumes feel insecure. But with a clear plan of action and some useful tips under your belt, you stand a much better chance of landing the job you want! We wish you success in your job search.