Finding a good job may seem like a difficult task these days, but it doesn’t have to be. Even in this recession, people find great jobs every day.
o how can you find employment that is right for you? Well, the employer of your dreams isn’t going to just call you out of the blue and offer you a spot in their company.
You have to have a game plan to find the job you want.
Here are some tips on establishing that game plan:
Don’t have unrealistic expectations: If you are 45 and have only two years of college under your belt, deciding to be a surgeon isn’t a realistic option for you. But maybe becoming a medical assistant, with a goal of going back to school at night to become a nurse, is.
Not sure what you want to do? Do some research: If you’re not sure what you want to do, there are career assessment tests online that can help you make a decision, and career counselors who can give you some advice. And don’t forget to read the classic book What Color Is Your Parachute to learn more.
If you want to stay in your current type of job, do some market research: Find out what your job prospects are, and it’s no longer enough to just check out the want-ads in the newspaper these days. Look at career sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, and see what is available. Use your local library’s resources to see what’s out there. And don’t forget LinkedIn – not only might you be able to find companies who are hiring in your field, but if you write your profile in an enticing way to show your qualifications, recruiters might be reaching out to you to learn more.
Treat looking for a job like a job: Commit to spend a certain amount of time looking for the job. Another idea is to set up a spreadsheet to track everything you do on your job search, so you can see what is working and what isn’t working.
Have your resume and profile in multiple places: You know you need to have a resume, but you also should have that LinkedIn posting, as well as putting your information on the above-mentioned career sites. Some job seekers have also had success in creating a Twitter account, and listing the type of job they are looking for in their profile.
Network, network, network: Make a point of connecting with old employers and co-workers, and let them know that you are looking. Don’t forget to mention your search to people you didn’t work with, too – you never know when they might know someone who can help you. And try to attend local networking events as much as you can to make connections.
Send out your resume, but don’t forget a cover letter: Your resume can show what you can do, but your cover letter can show why you would be the best person for the job, and how your personality can help a company.
Talk to a career coach: Career coach experts can give you guidance on what you might be doing wrong – and right – in your job search. They can give you advice on things you haven’t even thought of. Career coaches can also help you with putting your best foot forward in a job interview.