A Detailed Review: Steps to Finding a Job
Although it can be an overwhelming and stressful process. There are a number of things one can do to find a job. The process will be different for everyone because of age, experience (level of expertise), expectations and depending on how we market our skills. More so, some become employed again because of who they know and how well they are able to network.
Prepare your resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation and references. This is the perfect time to get those tools up-to-date. Make sure that you get all the necessary job search tools together.
DECIDE HOW TO BEGIN THE PROCESS:
It's important to know how to begin the job search process. Are you going to do your search online or knock on doors? Some of us do an online search, others apply with job agencies, and some of us use the classifieds, where other's do the foot work and go directly to the company that they are interested in becoming employed with. Decide what is going to be your primary focus. Keep in mind that you can do all of the above, however it is more efficient if your focus on one medium.
Once you have begin the job search process, follow up with the companies that you have applied with. Have they received your resume? When are they hosting interviews? More importantly, keep job specific resumes organized.
USE NETWORKING TOOLS:
Using search engines like careerbuilder.com, hotjobs.com, monster.com, beyond.com and other networking sites. These sites allow you to post your resumes and register for daily newsletters, which is very helpful in the job search process. Use the resources available to you.
ATTEND JOB FAIRS:
Find out what's out there. Get out and meet others, network, meet employers and find out what they are looking for in potential employees.
This process can be overwhelming at times and tiresome. Therefore, be patient with yourself. It might be discouraging at times, but keep in mind that all that hard work will pay off. More importantly, the process itself is a skills building process, so focus on the positives and not the negatives.