Here are some strategies that we can use to find that next job.
- Flexible but realistic goals.
- Make a list of a network of everyone you know personally, professionally and online.
- A Resume that makes you stand out from the rest.
- A plan that gets your resume out to the right people.
Most resumes get tossed, I've been on both sides of the coin, though I've yet to perfect a resume. A resume should be crafted to fit the job you are applying for. Yes, that will take time, but that will also make you stand out from all other candidates who did not do this. At its best, a resume will function much like an ad or commercial, it will make the audience want to purchase what is being advertised. How do you do this? Make your resume easy to scan. Most resumes get only a few seconds before it gets tossed. If something catches the readers eye, you are one step closer to that job. Make sure you list "Areas of Expertise" and what "Values You offer" near the top of the resume.
Once crafted you need to get your resume out to your network and to recruiters. Posting your resume to niche job boards such as Dice (for IT) offer better results than general sites such as Monster. Here are some job boards you may know about and a few you may not.
- Dice (great for IT, I've found a job through this in the past)
- Craigslist.org - look on this site, but choose the area (eg. NYC) that you are interested in finding a job.
- Indeed.com - A search engine for jobs. It searches other job boards.
- SimplyHired - Another search engine for jobs.
Are you looking for a new job? What tips do you have for us? What job boards do you use? If you have used any of the above with good results, please share your experience with us.
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