Job Search Skills

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Searching for a job can be intimidating. How do you know what job you’re best suited for? How do you build a winning résumé and cover letter? Where can you find job leads? How do you network without feeling nervous? What happens when you land an interview? And most importantly, where do you find help when you need it? Job Search Skills are an essential part of the equation.

The success of one’s career depends greatly on the ability to recognize the job-related values that are important to the individual as well as the hiring company. Identifying the purpose for working and the assessment of skills can help determine the types of jobs to apply for.

The creation of clearly defined SMART goals can give potential employees a concrete plan for the direction in which they would like to steer their career. A robust resource system and 30-Day Plan can keep the job seeker on track with finding and obtaining the right job.

Your resume is one of the most important parts of the job seeking process.

Whether you are chosen for an interview or not depends a great deal on the professionalism demonstrated in your resume and the language you use to communicate your skills, abilities, and experience. In your resume you must put forth the strong impression that you are the best option for the companies’ employment needs.

Your resume is the key to open the door to the interview with the employer. When the employer has so many options to choose from, as superficial as it may sound, looks count. Your resume must be sharp looking, impressive and stand out from the others. The attention to detail that you stress in your work must be reflected in your documented first impression, your resume. In this module we will give some tips on how your resume can cause a lasting positive impression, how to handle branding and other extra touches to set you on the path to success.

Cover letters, when introducing a strong, well prepared resume, should be brief and to the point. They should not be long and redundant with the same content already contained in the resume. This brief attention getting greeting is intended to be a sample of your business writing skill and an invitation to ‘check out’ your resume.

Having a collection of your best work available in a portfolio is a great way to not only tell the employer what you are able to do, but also to show them what you have done for others. This is your “greatest hits” collection of the work of which you have the greatest amount of pride. Quality is valued over quantity in most portfolios.

Many people consider networking to be a four letter word. But the fact is efficient networking can be the difference between applying for a job and applying and getting a job. You are not expected to have all the answers when it comes to networking, but knowing where to get those answers can be critical during your job search.

Organization comes in several forms. Whether it is properly filing documentation or being on time for a task, this characteristic is a crucial skill to your success. Keeping a positive attitude will help you with your skill development. It is also very important to keep your skills sharp, especially when they are not being utilized on a full time basis.

A good job means nothing if you don’t know where to find it. This module will give insight into sources to consider when searching for employment opportunities. Some people say looking for a job will be the hardest job you will ever have.

The interview is a very important part of the job search process that you should focus on. How you perform during the interview could make the difference between you getting the job and walking home empty-handed.

Going into an interview without preparation is never advisable. The goal is to do everything within your power to present yourself as the best candidate for the job. Dressing the part and practicing the way you will answer and ask questions, is vital to the success of the interview.

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