Job Preparation Help and Resources

Finding a job can be a momentous task, but if you have the right tools and know-how, you can land the job of your dreams. Before you head out to another job interview be sure you have everything you need to prepare, and be a success. Know what employers are looking for in a job candidate, and have a good knowledge of your own personal experiences. Making sure you have the right resume and interviewing skills can mean the difference between getting a letter telling you that you were not hired, and a phone call asking when you can start.

Internships

Many companies offer internships to provide people experience and networking opportunities in various fields. Many colleges offer internships for graduates or even those who are still in school in order to help them build a portfolio and have experience in a particular industry. Some companies offer internships that are unpaid, meaning that the intern does not get compensated in any way other than gaining new knowledge. More and more companies, however, are offering paid internships along with career placement programs that can offer interns gainful employment upon completion of the internship. It is a great way to enhance your resume, and often doesn't require you to participate full time.


Job Searching and Networking

Looking for a job can be tough, and often modern day employers do not list their openings in the local newspaper. Look for some good online sites that can give you a much larger selection of jobs available as well as jobs in different regions of the country. These websites usually let you upload your resume so searching and applying is easier than ever before. Another great way to find a job is through networking. Networking involves talking with people you know, and connecting with others in whatever type of employment you are looking for. By networking, you can gain some excellent connections to others who may be able to find you a job when something becomes available. It is also a good way to let people know what your skills are, and what you are looking for.

Resume

Make sure your resume not only shows your experience and who you are, but that it stands out to potential employers. The resume you submit should be professional, succinct, and as detailed as possible. Make sure it has the most up to date information and includes all of your past jobs as well as skills. As a rule of thumb, employers like to see a resume that is no longer than one page, so be sure to highlight your achievements in a way that is succinct but thorough. There are resume companies available who can assist you with putting together the best, most comprehensive resume possible. Proofread it several times and make sure there are no misspellings or errors before you submit it, and have someone you trust read it over to offer you any editing suggestions.

Cover Letters

A cover letter is a great way to introduce yourself to a potential employer. Cover letters offer a brief introduction of yourself as well as an overview of your experience and what you are looking for in a job. These letters are a good way to get people interested in you, so try to make the letter personalized without being too personal. Sell yourself and tell the company why you not only want to work there, but why you would be a good fit. Cover letters are not always required, but they cannot hurt to add to your resume because they show initiative and drive. Make sure the cover letter is brief but tells the employer about you and why you feel you'd be able to contribute to their work force.

Interviewing

The interview process can be the most agonizing part of getting that new job. Be sure to show up about 10 minutes before the interview time and look as professional as possible. Say please and thank you, and look your interviewer in the eye when you speak. Be positive and self-confident. Remember, you are selling yourself so be sure to emphasize your skills and experience so the employer is interested in hiring you. Follow common sense etiquette, and be sure to thank the interviewer at the end of the interview. Let them know you look forward to hearing back from them, and be sure to shake their hand.

Follow Up and Accepting a Job

Once you've had a job interview, send the employer a thank you note or letter. The purpose of the thank you letter is to tell them you appreciate them taking time out of their busy day to choose you as someone they wanted to talk to. Thank you letters can help leave a lasting impression and shows that you are really happy to have had the opportunity to potentially be chosen. If salary was not disclosed at the interview, there may be a time for negotiation.

General Job Preparation Resources

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