Most people are looking to find a job. Even if they are currently employed, many are still looking around to see if there is anything out there that may be better than what they currently have. People are looking to move up in their career, get a bigger salary, or as mentioned, just to find employment. Today’s blog is continuing the Job Tips that we have been doing periodically through the Gulpfish blog. We hope you have been finding these helpful.
Build relationships and Network
Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go. You are networking when you strike up a conversation with the person next to you in line, introduce yourself to other parents at your child’s school, meet a friend of a friend, catch up with a former co-worker, or stop to chat with your neighbor. Everyone you meet can help you move your job search forward.
Tapping the hidden job market may take more planning and nerve than searching online, but it’s much more effective. Adopting a networking lifestyle—a lifestyle of connecting and helping others in good times and bad—will help you find the right job, make valuable connections in your chosen field, and stay focused and motivated during your job search.
If you are looking to get your first job, a little experience can go a long way. Getting some type of work experience as early as possible makes you a stronger job candidate. Experience mowing lawns or babysitting shows that you know how to keep commitments, be on time, and do quality work.
Stay organized with job hunt software. How many times have you put the wrong name on a cover letter? Forgotten where you applied? Forgotten what the job was? You need to be organized right off the bat — maintain an Excel spreadsheet with all your contacts. For a serious job hunter who recognizes that a hunt never ends, you could try JibberJobber, which not only helps you organize your information, but can bug you about the things you should be doing but might not be, such as following up with a phone call.
Stay Open Minded
Always remain open to alternate work options such as freelancing, part-time work or internships because they might open a door to a job that is perfect for you.
Finding employment can really be a full time job, and like any other job, the more work and sweat you put into it, the more successful it will be!