You know how sometimes things cause you to look back on what you’ve done in the past? I’ve been having one of those moments lately, for some reason thinking about the best advice I ever got (or gave) about looking for a job. I’ve lots to ponder.
And because I know some really good people who make their living helping employers and job seekers connect, I decided to expand my retrospective party and ask them the same question. This goes out to the good people in the public workforce system who give of themselves to help others define, find, and achieve their career goals: thanks for all you do.
Their thoughts and input is below. I hope you find some of it helpful. Thank you for reading and best of luck in your search.
- Always be honest.
- Put your feelers (network) – and don’t be afraid to let people know you’re looking.
- There is no one best way to look for a job, but there are several good
- Confidence is the key to a successful job search and interview. Many times I worked with job seekers that came across a job they wanted but ended up not applying for it because they rule themselves out. When I asked some of them why, as they begin to explain I could tell that their issue was a lack the confidence. They didn’t believe they could get the job.
- It’s all about relationships/who you know and building your network- that’s not just for seasoned professionals, but for anyone at any point in their career. So many jobs never even make it to the posting stage, and for those that do, many job descriptions are either poorly written or are inaccurate. Knowing someone within an organization that can call your attention to these types of things, including advice as to whether the job would, or would not, be a good fit, is invaluable. Sometimes you just need a job, but many times (especially as you progress in your career) it’s about finding the right job.
- Persistence and diligence – if you stay at it long enough, stay positive, and position yourself for success, good things tend to happen.
- Keep at it, it’s a numbers game. For every 100 jobs you apply for, you’ll get at least 1 interview per month. Up the odds by applying for more positions. In other words, treat the job search as if it were a job.
- The interview begins with the first interaction you have with the company. You need to demonstrate good communication, customer service, and decision-making skills as well as initiative every time you encounter anyone at the company. You can be sure that if you treated someone poorly or acted inappropriately to the receptionist or even when you were a customer not looking for work, word will likely reach the hiring authority.
- Be the most informed job seeker you can be. Learn about the types of jobs you want, what they do, what skills are required and what skills are desired, what the job market looks like for those skills and jobs, what they pay, who hires those jobs, etc. It takes time but the more informed you are up front, the more you’ll be able to control your destiny.