Looking for a job is definitely challenging. Here are seven ways to make your job search a little easier.
- Look everywhere - In the age of information, we sometimes find ourselves glued to the computer. The job search is no different. Nowadays it's very common to apply online. But there are other avenues like the newspaper, door-to-door, and word-of-mouth. Sometimes it's much easier to find a job if you step away from the computer and ask everyone you know of any leads.
- Be prompt - If you go for an interview be on time or early. The clichés "Better late than never" or "Fashionably late" do not apply to the job search.
- Research - Look up the company that you're applying for. Find out about benefits and company culture. Research is one of the best tools you can bring to an interview. Employers are impressed when you know something about their company.
- Dress for success. Do not wear sweatpants to the interview. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Employers, more often than not, look for personality. So comfort is key but never wear your pajamas.
- Hygiene - Brush your teeth. Take a shower. Get a haircut. Your appearance may not be everything, but it definitely helps your first impression.
- Activity - People usually fill out five or six applications before they get discouraged. Expect to fill out over 100. The odds will be in your favor if you are more ambitious than other applicants. If your application is received and you were lucky enough to get an interview, call back often! Be relentless. don't take "no communication" as an answer. If they do say "no" you can ask them how you can be better and also have closure.
- Think outside the box - Apply for jobs you normally wouldn't have an interest in. Be creative and funny while writing your resume. Send "thank you" notes to job interviewers. Draw a smiley face on the top of your application. Do you something to make yourself stand out.
Even though every job is different these tips will almost always help. Enhance search with creativity and confidence. Activity and appearance are just as important. Happy job hunting!