The Complete Guide to Finding a New Job

April 3rd, 2014 | Articles, Counteroffers, Interviewing, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »

complete guide to finding a new job

Between resumes, cover letters, networking, and the whole interview process, it can be difficult to keep all these seemingly divergent aspects of the job search straight.

But instead of getting overwhelmed, you can break down your job search into these go-to resources we’ve included below.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing

Resumes and cover letters are ultimately two sides of the same coin. Each has to be tailored and polished for the particular company where you are applying. Never send out mass-produced resumes or stock templates.

25 Words Not to Use in Your Resume – There are certain words that should never be used in your resume or cover letter. Use them at your own peril.

3 Ways to Write Cover Letters That Work – You want your message to be clear, concise, and chock full of qualifying details. Cover letters offer more wiggle room and a good one can earn your resume more than just a second glance.

Networking

Networking can open up pathways that would otherwise be closed to you. The idea of approaching strangers can be intimidating but networking doesn’t have to be.

Why There is No Best Way to Network – Networking is all about doing what makes you comfortable, playing to your strengths, and extending a helping hand to others.

Social Media

Interested employers will investigate your social media profiles. Make sure each page is clear of any controversial material/images and shows your best face.

Get Noticed on LinkedIn with These Simple Profile Tips – LinkedIn, one of your most powerful social tools, is more than just a good photo and some quick credentials. Follow these tips to maximize your brand.

Interviewing

Once you’ve landed an interview, you have a full window to demonstrate the type of engaged and committed employee you can be. But you need to have the right interview answers at the ready.

Are You Blowing the Interview in the First 90 Seconds? – The first question you’re most likely to be asked is “Tell me about yourself.” A strong elevator pitch can get the interview moving in the right direction.

5 Interview Tips for Non-Verbal Communication – Gestures, glances, and even your posture convey a non-verbal message. Make sure you’re sending out the right one.

The Ultimate Interview Answers – Strong details can make or break an interview. If all of your responses to interview questions are vague, hiring managers are not going to buy into your personal brand.

Explaining Employment Gaps in Interviews – This is one of the harder interview questions to address but it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Be honest and explain what you did during your career hiatus.

The Post-Interview Follow Up

Even if you’ve had a great interview, you can still squander your good fortune. Following up with the hiring manager is still a necessary part of the interview process.

How to Send Thank You Letters to Group Interviews – Whether you have interviewed with one person or a group, you need to immediately send out a customized thank you letter. This courtesy goes a long way.

After the Interview: Foolproof Ways to Follow Up with Hiring Managers – Before leaving an interview, always ask when you can expect that a decision will be made. Don’t call before that time – it seems desperate.

Starting Your New Job

Just because you have finally landed a new job, that doesn’t mean that the process has ended.  Make sure to keep your reputation intact as you make the transition.

Before You Quit Your Job, Read This – First comes the dreaded task of quitting your old job. Your former manager may try to lure your back but don’t fall for that trick.

Why It’s Okay to Have a Bad First Day – Sometimes, the first couple of days may be a rough transition. Keep these things in mind as you ease your way into a new job.

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