Job Search Strategies:
Target Your Best Career Opportunities

When you are ready to undertake your job search, you will benefit from understanding two things:

  • How to search for a job
  • Where to search for a job

While this may seem very basic, many job candidates focus on one more than the other. Both of these are important and very different aspects of the job search.

Knowing how to search for a job involves the processes and techniques that enhance and speed up the process. Knowing where to search for a job involves understanding and utilizing the many recruitment methods employers use to fill vacant positions.

Unfortunately, finding a great job often involves more time and effort than any of us would like to have to deal with. Great jobs just don't fall in your lap. With the right approach, however, you can lessen both the amount of time and the amount of effort needed to find the job that best matches your needs and career goals.

If you haven't yet decided upon a specific career path, check out the section of this site about career planning.

Your job search will be more successful if you know what you're looking for in an ideal job. There are many wonderful online resources to help you find jobs and employment. Do some surfing, check out the job posting sites and decide on a few positions that you'd like to apply for.

If you want to know how to find a job, you must start with the basics, such as setting or reviewing your career goals, preparing your resume and cover letter, keeping good records of your job-related activities, following up on every lead, following through on every contact, preparing for the interview, and negotiating your salary and benefits. Every step is important. If you don't do one well (or at all) you take a chance that something down the road will not fall into place or work out at all.

Searching for a job IN THE RIGHT PLACES is critical. Obviously, it doesn't make much sense to spend your time looking for an executive vice-president of finance position in the want ads. Those kinds of positions are most often found through networking, executive recruiting firms and headhunters. If you are a truck driver, the want ads are a great place to look as well as your local state employment agency. You probably won't have a lot of luck at career fairs or temporary agencies.

One of the most valuable things you can do to make your hunt for a job successful is to focus on taking productive action every day. That doesn't mean you have to send out 15 resumes per day or call 10 employers. What it does mean is that you have to do something every single day that leads you closer to your career goal.

What most often separates truly successful people from their mediocre counterparts is that they took action and made purposeful efforts to get to where they are. They didn't get to where they are by winning the lottery. They earned their positions by getting an education, working hard, looking for opportunities and taking determined steps forward.

Look at it this way... the more you do, the more likely you'll win out over other job candidates. You want a great job, right? Go get it. Use the information on this site to get prepared and launch an amazing job search. You can have anything you want if you are willing to work at it. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If you have career goals, you have the power to achieve them.

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