Improve your Job Search in 5 Ways

Improve your Job Search Sure, it can be hard to find a job, especially if you’re up against hundreds of potential candidates. However, there are a few things you can do to boost your chances of getting employed.

To help your job search process, here are a few things to consider:

Don’t be hesitant in filling out an online application that asks for your Social Security Number. While it is important to be concerned with identity theft, there are some companies that will ask for your Social Security Number while filling your online application.

To exercise safe online practices, call the human resources department for the company and speak with someone to learn more about the job.

Don’t turn down the second interview just because the first interviewer was a jerk. First impressions do matter, for you as much as the interviewer. However, it’s important to accept that an initial assessment may not provide an accurate evaluation (your interviewer could have been dealing with a large number of challenges the day of your interview).

Instead of missing out on an opportunity, learn what you can from the first interviewer and accept the second interview to further assess your fit within the company.

Always ask about the time frame for making the hiring decision. You won’t know when to follow up if you don’t know the company timeline when filling the job. Don’t always assume that no news is bad news. Feel free to contact the person who interviewed you and ask about the process and time frame. Ask whether it’s okay for you to follow up if you haven’t heard anything from them within that time.

Don’t ever follow up after the interview by showing up at the business’ location. There are a lot of eager job seekers out there. But you don’t want to come across as a desperate candidate lacking professionalism. Unless you’ve been invited, don’t consider making an appearance at the company. You can follow up by sending a professional thank you note instead.

Don’t insist on making the same salary you made at your previous job. It’s not a wise decision to turn down an offer just because the salary is lower than your previous job’s. To help you decide, do a thorough evaluation of the salary ranges for the types of jobs you are interested in. You can talk to your friends, recruiters and make use of online salary calculators when needed.

These tips should be able to help you find a job you’re excited about. If the results of your last interview weren’t what you expected, don’t lose hope. Continue to look for a job that will fit your skills and background.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.