Over the last few post we have helped potential employees get prepared for the job hunting process by discussing preparation strategies. In addition we have discussed job hunting tips and helped you prepare a resume and cover letter for your potential job. Below we will discuss seven job application tips to help you in filling out a job application.
A job application can be done online or in person, depending on how the employer chooses to accept the application. There are a number of different type of applications that can have open ended questions or have multiple choice questions. Either way there are certain aspects that always stay the same, like needing to know your contact information and your qualifications for the position. Below we will discuss seven tips to help you fill out the application and complete this process.
Everyone is always looking to get an edge when it comes to the interview process, but if you do not get the interview then you will not have a chance to place your best foot forward to impress the employer. Often times there are things you do before the interview that gets you looked at a second time and considered for an interview.
We discussed a few of these topics in the resume post and in the cover letter post. We encourage you to read each of these post and look at the other topics we cover in the employee resource area of this site so you can gain a better understanding of what it takes to land your dream job. Below we will discuss three tips that will help you get the interview you want for your perfect job.
In the last post we discussed 7 Resume Writing Tips to help you put your best foot forward when applying for a job. We discussed in that post several aspects you need to consider when applying for a job, and developing a cover letter is a part of that process.
Cover letters are a way to introduce yourself and your interest in the position to a potential employer. There are certain things you need include and other things that are better left out and should be added in the resume or discussed in person during the interview. Below we will discuss seven cover letter writing tips that will help you best present yourself to a potential employer.
Resumes are an important factor in the job hunting process. If you get this aspect of the process wrong then you can almost kiss a job good bye. Employers look at a resume with a keen eye to see if your qualifications match their job postings. They also look at your resume to determine your skill level and see your experience in particular areas. If any of these areas are not represented correctly and do not add up then a red flag is thrown up and the legitimacy of your resume and your character comes into question.
You never want to have someone question whether you are telling the truth or making things up to get a job. Never go down this road because once you lose credibility it is hard to get back and depending on your industry and the location you are in you may have to move if you want to get a job in that particular field again. Below we are going to discuss seven (7) resume writing tips that you should abide by in order to make your resumes stand out from the other applicants and give you a leg up on your competition.
Welcome to the followup post to Job Hunting Tips. The first post offered a number of tips to help you in your job hunting process. We covered enhancing your skills, having a positive attitude and selling yourself among other things. This post will cover addition tips to help you in the job hunting process.
Focus on Growing Industries
When you are looking for jobs focus on the type of jobs that are projected to have growth potential not those that are fading out. There are a number of industries that are growing like health care, technology, and anything involving senior care. Each of these industries are seeing a wide array of growth and the potential for more growth is expected. You want to be in a job that you can see a future in and have room to move up the later, not in a dead in job that will only last a few years before you have to start job hunting again.
Use Your Network
There is a saying that goes, increase your net worth by increasing your network. In essence that saying is talking about your network can help you enhance your wealth. The key is that you have to surround yourself with successful people and learn as much as you can from them. If you are mingling with people that are going places or that have reached a level of success you are trying to achieve then some of that will rub off on you by being around them and learning how they got to where they are.
Now that you have an idea on how to prepare for a job, your next step is deciding what type of job you want to have. Today the concept of job security is not what it use to be and most people that work regular 9 to 5 jobs will change jobs 2 to 3 times in their career. So it is not common to see people of all ages changing careers after years on the post.
What use to be an uncommon situation with people changing jobs so often has become the norm. With this in mind it is important that you choose the right job so you can minimize the job hopping. Job hunting today takes time, patience, consistency, and being proactive and not reactive. You need to be the person acting first not reacting to something. Business owners recognize proactive people and they are usually rewarded first.
Enhance Your Skills
The first tip we can tell you is to enhance your existing skills. The more skills you have the more tools you will have in your toolbox to showcase to a potential employer. Speaking with a lot of recently new hires we have found that people that have learned new skills and made themselves more marketable have a better chance to do well in job interviews and on the job itself. One skill that is good for everyone to learn is lead generation, since the lifeblood of any business is consistent leads. One program we have come across that teaches this skill really well is call the Job Killing program, click here to learn more about this program.
Once you hire an employee one of the first things you need to give them is your employee handbook. Every employee needs to understand what is expected of them and what they will be required to do on a daily basis. Without this you can have an employee lose their drive to want to succeed in your company and have them less productive then you need them to be.
The employee handbook has many sections and every company has their own version of a handbook and what are the most important sections for them. Below we cover the basics that you should see in every employee handbook, but again every company is different so there might be areas not represented in some companies handbooks. The basic sections of any employee handbook should include the following:
When you are ready for a job sometimes you have to step back and really look at what you are about to get into before applying for random jobs. With that in mind you need to really think about the job you want and prepare accordingly. Below we look at five (5) questions you need to consider when preparing for a job search.
1.What are you looking for?
Once you know you are ready to start looking for a new job your next move is to determine the type of job you are looking for. No one knows your skills better than you do and you need to determine what type of job best suits your skill set. If you do not know what you skills are ask your current employer or family and friends to be honest with you and they will let you know what you do well and what you do not.
2.How does my social media account portray me?
The job description is an essential piece of the job search process. Without the job description potential job candidates do not know what they are applying for and therefore the application and resume may not be relevant to the position being applied for. Therefore it is vital that the employer take their time in developing the job description so it is abundantly clear what the job duties and requirements are.
There are a lot of elements of a job description that can be included, but below we will discuss the five (5) essential elements that must be included in the job description.
1. Job Overview – Here you must summarize what the job is all about and what the require duties of the successful applicant will be. This should also include where the job will be located, the department where the job is located, the title for the open position, and the duration the application process will be available.
2.Terms of Employment – Here you must explain the number of hours each applicant will work in the respective job along with whether the job is full time or part time. In addition you must list the starting salary or the salary range (usually dependent on experience), and the type of benefits offered, if any at all (for part time employment).