In case you are still in the process of looking for a job, this second part of the 16 tips for a better job search will give you more helpful hints.
8. Go for the job you want, not what is available
There are times when you desperately need a job to provide for your family. You accept the first job offer you get, even though it is not the one you want. Depending on the situation, it is generally better to accept a job that you want. Why? Going for something only to “make do” is not going to last. Targeting a job you’ll love will not only help your career—it will make you happy.
9. Establish a clear goal, and ask everyone you know to contact you if they come across an opening.
Two heads, the saying goes, are better than one—a saying that is true even in the job search. When more people are on the lookout to help you find job leads, you have a better chance of success. So, expand the reach of your search by telling everyone you know.
10. Everything around you should say, “I’m looking for a job.”
Take advantage of technology—create a message on your answering machine letting anyone who calls you know that you are looking for an accounting, sales, or finance position. If you feel that you don’t want to tell everyone that you are looking for a job, there are subtle ways to do this. For example, Skype allows you to set a mood message. You can inform your contacts without even talking directly to them.
11. Join a job hunter's support group in your area.
When you feel that the burden of your search is overwhelming, a support group can help. Ask around your area if there are any existing groups; if not, take the initiative and create one. Support groups are not only good for emotional help; they can also help you find a job through referrals.
12. Target multiple employers.
You decided that you wanted to work for company ABC, but what if that company doesn’t hire you? Applying to several target companies is a good practice. It increases your chances of working for a company you will love.
13. Apply to organizations you like whether or not they have vacancies.
Do not let signs saying, “No Vacancies,” intimidate you. The goal is to be on their radar; if they do not have an opening today, they might have one tomorrow.
14. Don’t overlook small companies.
Start-ups have one advantage that big companies don’t: They often don’t have HR departments. You will be able to talk to the employer directly without going through numerous tests.
15. Set a definite number.
Establish a number that you want to reach every day on your job search. If you decide that you want to talk to 5 potential employers everyday or call 40 companies for job openings, don’t stop doing it until you reach your objective.
16. Use the phone book.
These days, people think that phone books are useless. This type of thinking will cause you miss out on opportunities to reach established businesses. When you use the phone book to call for job openings, use a script so that you won’t forget important points. It is also important to schedule your calls so that you won’t have to go through the secretary and will be able to talk to the employer directly.
Use these tips to help you in your next job search. When your efforts pay off, do not waste your opportunity by not preparing for the interview.
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