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Finding a Job

If you're trying to find a job in today's market you have to be as savvy as you can. You have to do more then post your resume on a few job boards, you have to create a "professional brand" to distinguish yourself from the other available candidates.  You also need to "network", make sure that you tell your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else who will listen that you're looking for a job.  Most experts agree that this is one of the best ways to find work quickly.

There are a lot of free tools and resources out there to help you write a resume, research a company, get interview tips, and a great deal more. Below are links to videos, articles, web sites and other resources that I have found that can help you in your job search.


General Tips

  • Network with everyone you know (friends, family and business colleagues) and let them know you're looking for a job.
    • If you don't know anyone to talk to try finding recruiters in your field.
    • Leverage social networking site (such as: Linkedin, and Twitter) to help you find a job.
      • Use them to build a personal brand and find jobs 
      • See the Web Site/Social Network Sites below for more information
  • Make sure you're resume is perfect, check for spelling and other types of grammatical mistakes.
    • When writing your job description you should quantify your work history; focus on measurable results that you delivered, (i.e.: a project that increased productivity or cut costs).
    • Make the resume easy to read. Avoid fancy fonts that cause formatting issues when delivered electronically.
    • Make sure your resume contains relevant keywords related to your experience to help it get found.
    • Have several people review your resume before posting it.
    • Post your resume on the job boards (such as: Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Note: HR managers say they will pay more attention to a resume that is customized for an open position.
  • Search the job boards for positions, also target specific companies that you want to work for and search their job postings.
  • Before you interview.
    • Research a company, read as much information that you can about their products/services.
      • Use the Google, and the company's web site.
    • Be ready with questions to ask about the company/job that you're applying for.
    • Dress appropriately for the job interview.
    • Turn off any electronic devices like your cell phone.
    • Have a list of references ready.
    • Avoid wearing any fragrances (like cologne or perfume).
      • Some people may be allergic to them.
    • Be to the interview about 10-15 minutes ahead of time
      • Plan for traffic and know the route.
  • During the interview:
    • Try to keep your opinions to yourself, and speak when spoken to.
      • This will help you from sticking your foot in your mouth.
    • Be confident in what you know, and who you are.
      • Remember, you're selling yourself during this process.
      • Above all do not be cocky or lie.
    • No matter what the situation was that you had at your previous employer always answer questions about them in a truthful but positive way.
  • Send out a thank you letter after a personal interview.

Articles
Videos

Web Sites
  • Job Search Engines
    • Monster
      • General job search engine.
    • Indeed
      • General job search engine.
    • Dice
      • Technology professional job search engine
    • Craigslist
      • Some large and small companies do post jobs here
    • USAJobs.gov
      • Government job search engine.
    • .Jobs Universe
      • A global interactive web site used to locate valid employment opportunities on the Internet.
      • You can use the site by typing an occupation and .jobs and the end of in your address bar (e.g. http://systemsengineer.jobs/).
      • Video: How to use this this site.
  • Social Network Sites
    • Linkedin - Professional/business social networking site. 
      • Keep your resume up-to-date on this site and join groups and participate in them.
      • Build up your network by establishing connections with former friends and colleagues.
      • Search the site for jobs related to your field, using keywords related to what you're looking for.
    • Twitter - General purpose social networking site.
      • Create a twitter profile, use a professional alias (such as your name), Include a bio, picture, and link to your resume.
      • Search the site for jobs, using keywords related to what you're looking for.
      • Establish yourself as an expert in your field, tweet about industry topics, tips, articles and advice.
        • Be careful what you say, and keep it professional
      • Use Twitter search sites:
      • Use Twitter to follow job pages of large companies like Microsoft, Google, etc.
        • Re-tweet relevant job postings to your network to help the recruiters find good candidates, and it also allows them to see you.
    • Facebook - General purpose social networking site.
      • Search the site for jobs, using keywords related to what you're looking for.
      • Use Facebook to follow job pages of large companies like Microsoft, Google, etc.
  • Job Search Resources
  • Tools
    • JibberJobber.com 
      • This site allows you organizer your job search prospects and contacts.
    • VisualCV 
      • Create professional looking resume that people can view online.  If you don't have you're own web site to help brand yourself, this might be a good solution for you.

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