How to Start Looking for a Job

Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 10:58 AM

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The world economy has not yet fully recovered which makes good jobs hard to come by. Even getting a good part-time job requires considerable effort. In many parts of the world, employment levels remain low and most people looking for jobs may require guidance. To find jobs, you need to follow certain basic techniques. Merely clicking on online job search engines is not going to help you find a job. An entry level job search, in particular, might require professional assistance. 
 
The first step in the process of trying to find a job is to realistically assess your qualifications and aptitude. Identify specific jobs suited to your skills and zero in on the kind of job you want. Prepare a list of jobs that you like. Professional employment agencies or individuals can also assess your skills. They can recommend the type of employment most suited to your potential. Be sure you are updated on all matters connected to your specific job requirements. Applicants are more likely to gain employment if they are well informed.
 
Next, check out employment statistics and job opportunities in the areas you prefer to work. Most newspapers, employment magazines, and online job search engines advertise numerous job opportunities, and provide help in finding a job. Select the best portals to post your resume, and find online job search engines that will forward your resume to prospective employment sources. Gather complete details concerning your prospective employers before you attend job interviews, particularly their work and remuneration policies. The Internet is a good source of such data, provided you use appropriate keywords. 
 
Your resume plays a key role in the process of looking for a job. Your chances for employment rest heavily on the content and presentation of your resume. Most employment agencies and word processing programs provide job seekers with general guidelines for writing a resume. Customizing your resume will increase your chances of securing employment. Do not forget to submit a brief cover letter along with your resume.
 
In addition, attend job orientation courses conducted by professionals who have work experience, as well as training courses that invite working professionals to conduct classes. These should provide hands-on training in business establishments. Certificates from such firms are a valuable asset when applying for entry level jobs.
 
Finally, successful personal interviews generally lead to job opportunities. Candidates must practice and prepare for job interviews. Mental and verbal confidence often determines whether you get the job.
 
You are now armed with certain basic techniques that can help you get that job. Use this knowledge and give it your best shot; success will be yours, sooner or later.

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