by, Alan Bernstein, President HR Office Savers
The first step in your job search is to create a compelling resume that tells your story. You can choose one of the many resume templates available online or start with an old resume that has worked for you before.
Your resume should be accurate, follow standard formatting, and look professional. Check for spelling errors and consistency. And equally important, be sure you actually like it. This is your resume; you need to own it.
Pro-tip: Have someone else look at your resume to help catch any errors or even just offer a second opinion. Be open to feedback. You can also send it to me for a free review.
Apply to Appropriate Jobs
Finding jobs that you are qualified for and interested in is the most important part of the job search. More important than the resume, you must apply to jobs that fit your interests and skillsets.
Indeed and LinkedIn are the most popular job search websites. You can also explore the Chamber of Commerce, CareerSource, monster.com and your local library. Take your time to read the job description to understand if it is the right job for you.
Pro-tip: Let your friends and family know you are looking for a new job and ask if they are aware of any openings in your field of interest.
Every phone call, every email, every message could be your next employer. Answer the phone professionally every time. If you are not able to take the call, let it go to voice mail. Be sure your voice mail is set up with a professional greeting and is able to accept messages.
Personal grooming is an important part of the job search process. This is a good time to get a haircut and try on your interview clothes to see if they still fit.
Pro-tip: Prepare for virtual interviews. Check your internet connections and make sure your computer or phone can handle a video call.
Finding a job is hard! But with forethought and preparation, you can improve your chances of finding your next job quickly.
Alan is the owner of HR Office Savers, Inc., an independent human resource consulting firm that supports small local businesses and individuals with their human resource needs, including staffing, compliance, and job search. Prior to launching his business, Alan held a series of Human Resource positions of increased responsibility at Harris Corporation, Honeywell International, GTSI Corp, and Verizon Wireless. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Buffalo, is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resource Management.HR Office Savers offers a full range of human resource support options, from employee relations to termination, including performance improvement plans and progressive discipline policies. Contact us today at www.HROfficeSavers.com.Promoting positive and sustained employment for both workers and employers!