Wanted: Your Job Hunting Tips
February 10, 2007 12:33pm CST
I am about to start actively job hunting after being on stress benefits since May 2006. It has been many years since I've hunted for a job or had to have an interview. I've gotten some great advice from Mylotians on other issues so I thought I'd ask you all. What are your best job hunting tips. And please, do wish me good lucks, I'm a little nervous, but really looking forward to getting back to work. Cheers!
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• United States
11 Feb 07
First and foremost be confident in yourself and your abilities. Never use negative words. Don't tell them what you CAN'T do but what you CAN and how you excel at it. And most of all look them in the face, with confidence that you are the best candidate and they should know it! Also, go with your gut. If you have an interview and walk away going... "I don't like this place or these people or this job" then stick with it. Taking something just to have a job usually resorts to having a job you hate to get up for each day! Good luck for sure! Keep us posted!
• United States
22 Feb 07
So far it looks like you goten some great advice. I would second what another poster said, when searching for a job it is so importnat to come off confident, positive and enthusiastic about the position and company. Being prepared is also super important. Helping people find jobs, and interviewing potential candidates is part of my job, and I can tell you when I do an interview for someone who has researched the workplace or has informed questions, it's such a pleasure and makes the "ineterview" more of a "conversation" and that's nice for both the candidate and the HR person. To prepare for interviews I would suggest looking on the internet for potential interview questions (there are tons of them out there), and most interviewers ask similar questions (what are your strenghts, weaknesses, where do you se yourself in 5 years, what attracted you to this position....). Pick some and literally write out the answers on a piece of paper. Study these answers like you would for a test. Now, when the question, or a similar question comes up, you will have an answer already sort of formed in your mind. Having done that kind of prep will make you feel more comfortable going into your interview. Temp agencies are a great way to get your foot in the door. In fact I have gotten jobs through temp agencies that turned into permanent positions. Temp agencies are great becuase it lets you try out a job, and learn more about an industry. Best of Luck!
26 Feb 07
I guess you start with those websites which has the listing of all current jobs in your field offered by different companies. However, this might be a little competitive since a lot of people know of this opportunity. In this case, you can submit your resumes to headhunters. They are very serious in finding the right candidate to their clients. The advantage of this is, even if they don't find you fit in the current posting, they will keep your resume for future opportunities which they think is more suitable for you. Think third option is to ask friends & relatives if they have any opening in their companies which are related to your field. Hope you find a job soon! Good luck!
11 Feb 07
Get a job somewhere you want to work, ok so office work is the same everywhere but the offices of a flower delivery are far more relaxed than a bank. As I worked in local government til 4 years ago, I haven't had many interviews, but really enjoyed being a waitress and strangely the chip shop and the pub were ok too. Childminding which I did alongside another job was fun but not as nice as you imagine. All I can say is if you like the people and they offer you the job then consider it, if the job sounds fantastic but the people are awful stay away. I wish you all the best with this, I have no idea how I'd do it, I think you are very brave!
27 Feb 07
It's very important to get some good advice before you dive into applying for jobs. As you say it's been a while since you've looked for a job or attended an interview. It might be worthwhile speaking with friends who work in the industry that you'd like to get into and getting their advice on what to expect from interviews as interview techniques vary from industry to industry. E.g. working as a software developer you would have to go through stringent tests to check your technical ability, but working in office admin you would be asked more stuff about your people and organisational skills. Speaking with your friends about it would also work as a way of finding out if they're looking for staff or even asking if you could do a day or so a week voluntary work to build up some current experience to put on your CV and to obtain a current work reference too. This is quite effective as it also helps build your confidence. Good luck, my fingers and toes are crossed for you my dear. x