Why does it take some people more time than others to find a job?
And what sort of job should you be looking for?
The answers to these questions will require you to learn something about
career planning and job seeking. But you can’t just read about getting a job.
Job seeking requires action, and the most effective action is to go out and
make contacts with the people who are most likely to need someone with
your skills. And the best way to do that is to make a job out of getting a job.
This may sound simple, but doing it well requires some preparation. After
many years of experience, I have identified just seven basic things that make
a big difference in your job search. Each will be covered and expanded on in
this book. These steps are
1. IDENTIFY YOUR KEY SKILLS.
Most people can’t explain what they are good at or what they like to
do. Spending some time to clarify this will help you in so many ways,
in your job search and in your life.
2. DEFINE YOUR IDEAL JOB.
Too many people look for “a” job without knowing what “THE” job
would be. So I encourage you to define your ideal position, knowing
you can always compromise later.
3. LEARN THE MOST EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH METHODS.
Once you know what you are looking for, you need to know what job
search methods are most likely to help you find it.
4. WRITE A SUPERIOR RESUME.
Most people spend too much time worrying about their resume.
Instead, you will learn to write an acceptable resume in just an hour
or so and then a better one later, if you need one.
5. ORGANIZE YOUR TIME TO GET 2 INTERVIEWS A DAY.
Yes, it’s possible to get 2 interviews a day—if you know how to do it.
6. DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR INTERVIEWING SKILLS.
Just an hour or so spent reading this section of the book can make a
big difference in how well you handle your next interview. What you
learn could, indeed, increase your earnings a thousand dollars or
7. FOLLOW UP ON ALL JOB LEADS.
Doing this well often makes the difference in who gets the job and
who continues to wait for an offer.