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10 Steps To Improve Your Job Chances 2007
10 Steps to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Job in 2007
Many companies and organizations do a significant amount of hiring during the first few months of the year. But most people make the mistake of firing off their resumes without putting any real thought into the important, and sometimes daunting task of finding a new job.
In the competitive job market of today itís essential to stay up to date by finding new ways of marketing yourself and your valuable skills. Current statistics show that the average job search can be anywhere from two to an astounding ten months long. Here are ten steps to help quickly improve your chances of landing that perfect job in 2007.
1. Plan for Success
For any venture to be successful, including the search for a new job, proper planning is the first essential step. If you already know what your goals are both short and long-term, then planning your job search should be relatively simple. You should then know where you see yourself in a year as well as where youíd like to be in five years.
2. Be Realistic
If youíre considering changing careers completely, then you may need to sit down and review your qualifications. Perhaps youíll need to take a few courses to brush up on your current skills or enroll in a class to learn a few new ones.
3. Make a List and Check it Twice
Make a list of all of your recent achievements and figure out how to incorporate them into your resume or CV. Think of any special projects you may have been a part of or any other job-related success stories that you might have which can be summarized effectively in your resume and cover letters.
4. Toot Your Own Horn
Remember that employers want to know what you can do for them and how youíll help to better their company. By providing what youíve already done and not just what you intend on doing will help better your chances of beating out the competition.
5. Revamp that Resume/C.V
Now that you have a complete list of all of your achievements the next step is to add them to your resume in a way that will get you noticed. Keep in mind that the average recruiter or employer will spend under one minute glancing at your resume or CV, so itís imperative that you make an impression quickly in order to land that interview. And it should go without saying that you must triple, even quadruple check spelling and grammar before sending anything to a prospective employer.
6. Scope out Your Prospects
Considering that we spend a large majority of our lives at work, it makes sense to find a job that you enjoy doing at a place you can be comfortable. By doing a little research to find the best companies that are suited to your needs, youíll better your chances of finding the best work environment for you and your style.
7. Spread the Word
Social networking can be an excellent way of improving your chances of finding a job. Let everyone know youíre looking to make a career move and attend career fairs and trade shows as well.
8. Explore the Web
The internet is an extremely valuable resource when it comes to job hunting. Post your resume on the various job boards and stay in the know about whatís happening in your particular industry. Sign up to be notified via e-mail when jobs that interest you are posted.
9. Make Yourself Over, Not Just Your Resume
Dress to impress when youíre on interviews, and remember that this is one of those instances where less is more. By keeping make-up, jewelry and perfume or cologne to a minimum youíll project a more professional image.
10. Take a Breather
Job hunting can be mentally exhausting so itís easy to get burned out before you even get the new position. To make sure that doesnít happen, allow your mind a break once in a while. Find ways to relax and participate in activities you enjoy. When you resume your search youíll have a fresh outlook and a better perspective on things.
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