Job Hunting Tips: Get Off To A Solid Start!

Job hunting can be less that a sunny walk on the beach. With the many rejections, new skills to learn and master in a limited time, unexplainable twists and turns, the whole job hunting process can be like trying to move through a maze in a fog. Also, a job search can drain your enthusiasm, kill your positive attitude and leave you wondering what happened.

Maybe if you could get off to a solid start in you job hunting, have some measurable successes, it should help you gain perspective and momentum. This in turn will help you maintain the required positive attitude.

First, don't underestimate the importance of a strong positive attitude. Employer's want to hire positive can-do people. The right attitude shadows everything you do in your job search. From writing an email, to a letter to a phone call you attitude will come through.

If you have a negative approach to taking an action, you may delay doing something until a possible advantage is gone. Moreover, if you take the action you may not put forth your best effort.

Associate with positive people, read motivational books, listen to motivational CD's when you drive your car, celebrate achieving small victories, and do some physical activity every day. This will keep you in the right frame of mind, reduce stress and allow you to maintain your motivation to do the best job possible in your job hunting.

Second, an outstanding job search requires a focused resume and a fine tuned cover letter. A poorly written resume talking about responsibilities and duties will doom your job hunt before it gets started.

Think about what the reader is looking for. The prospective employer has a problem and is searching for someone who has a track record of solving similar challenges. This should be your focus in writing a resume. And here is something that few job hunters do well. Each resume submission should address the specific needs of that employer. A one size fits all employment situations is not the way to write a resume or cover letter.

Yes, we are talking about writing a separate resume for each job. Of course, the format stays the same but in listing your quantifiable accomplishments the number one item should match the number one need of the employer; and right on down the page.

Third, to often the job hunter gets a job interview, walks in cold assuming the conversation is going to be about their qualifications and who knows more about this subject than the job hunter?
Yes, they may be right up to a point but the job interview is much more that discussing the job applicants qualifications.

It's about making a good first impression, communicating well on many levels, asking pointed questions, telling stories about your accomplishments that directly relate to the employer's needs, answering questions slanted toward your interview goals and agenda and following up with a well written thank-you letter. All these activities require preparation and more job interview preparation.

Fourth, proper networking and adding to your range of contacts can be an invaluable job hunting tool. Organize your networking activities. Search for additional opportunities to add to your group. Routinely ask for referrals. Carefully follow-up on all potential job opportunities that you may uncover.

With these four actions, your job hunting will get off to a solid and productive start. And isn't that what you want in your job search?

John Groth has changed careers seven times during his working life. Learn more about changing careers, job hunting tips, resume writing and career planning at Discover how others over age 50, built winning career plans and found the right careers by effective job hunting after 50.

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