Friday, September 08, 2006


How to Organize a Job Search
By Shannon Columbo

When you are looking for a job, it is very important to be organized. You want to present a professional attitude, and be prepared and knowledgeable. Following these easy steps will make sure that you get you a job quickly and easily.

Find openings in companies that interest you. Research the position available, as well as the company itself.

Write your resume. Tailor your objective statement, summary, and experience points to meet the job that you need.

Print off your resumes, being sure to have multiple copies. Try using sticky notes to keep track of what resume you want to go where.

Write your cover letters. Use keywords from the job descriptions (just like in the resume). Demonstrate your familiarity with the companies.

Attach the appropriate resume to the appropriate cover letters.

Place your resumes and cover letters in a folder. You want them to be crisp and clean when you hand them out.

Go to hand your resume in. Dress professionally. Plan to arrive at a convenient time for the company.

Ask to speak to the manager, or human resources. Give them your resume and smile.

Keep a list of all of the places that you handed your resume in. Make sure you know the dates that you handed your resume in.

Two business days after you have handed your resume in, call the company back to stress how interested you are in the job.

Other things you can do while you are looking for a job:

You can post your resume to online resume banks.

You can submit your resume to companies electronically.

If you submit electronic resumes, make sure your resume is formatted in such a way that it will transfer easily.

Remember to be just as professional over email: no emoticons or internet abbreviations please!

You can fill in online applications for jobs.

You can apply to temp agencies for work.

You can take a job that might not be ideal for the interim.

Where should I look for a job?

There are many places to look for a job. Try your local newspaper, and online job banks. If you have a job that you would really like to do, ask at the company to see what positions they have available. Remember, it doesn’t hurt to drop off a resume even if you are told there are no openings. Oftentimes your resume will be filed, and perhaps at a later date they will call you.

After the Resume Stage

After you have given out all of your resumes and made some follow-up phone calls, you are bound to have an interview. After the interview, remember that a follow-up is also very important.

If you don’t have any phone calls for interviews, consider the reasons. You might need to retailor you resume and get it out to more stores. Don’t be discouraged, you’re sure to find a job with a little effort and a little skill.

Shannon Columbo is the editor of The Guide to Resumes. For expert advice on how to get ahead in today’s job market, check out the Guide to Resumes. You can improve your resume, hone your cover letter, ace the interview, and get your dream job!

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