Monday, December 2, 2013

Don’t Be a Goldfish: The How-To of Finding a Job in 2012

From February 9, 2012
DLIH Original Post
Last month, 30 million 20-54 year old Americans were looking for a job. If you’re one of those people, that makes the prospect of finding a job seem bleak. In a world of Goldfish, what does it take to make you look like Ahi? Honestly, if I knew that, I’d be a millionaire right now. At the very least, I’d be the on personal accountant at the Playboy Mansion. I can, however, tell you a few very basic, but sometimes overlooked, ways to improve your chances.

While our end goal is getting that lucrative offer from our dream job, goal one is the interview. If you’re not getting in there for an interview, no way you’re stepping in for your first day. But with 1 out of every 5 prime working age people looking for a job and only about 1 job for every 30 each of those Joes, that leaves most of you going on to that next stop. But why were you sent packing? Is it because you were unqualified? Or was it because of that typo in your recent job description? Did you use improper grammar in your cover letter? It is imperative that you check your document for accuracy. If you have a friend or family member that is up to the task, ask them to look over your documents before you send them out. Sending out a resume with a grammar or spelling mistake is like sending out nothing at all.

Once you get your resume together, it’s time to put it in front of people’s faces. This is not one of those situations where quality takes precedent over quantity. You want to hit as many outlets as you possibly can. Post your resume and cover letter on every single site that you can afford. There are free ones so don’t use that as an excuse.

Persistence, persistence, persistence. Chances are you won’t find a job on your first time out. You can’t get discouraged.

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