Tips for Job Search
“Our young adults are having a tough time competing for fewer part-time jobs and summer employment. We provide The Get A Job Kit to our students to boost their self-esteem and get a head start. Job search skills are timeless.”
— New Orleans, Louisiana
Savvy Job Search Tips
Getting a job in today’s economy requires determination and a new approach. In addition to being competent and qualified, the ability to project a professional image and connect with decision-makers can make a big difference.
Here are some important tips to
help job seekers shine and succeed:
- Write a mistake-free resume. . . it’s your ticket to an interview.
- Obtain a job description and research the company and position ahead of time.
- Don’t only rely only on the Internet; the personal touch matters.
- Keep your online social profile professional and updated.
- Dress appropriately and pay special attention to appearance.
- Arrive 5 minutes early; bring extra resumes and a good pen.
- Smile, offer a firm handshake and make eye contact (notice the color of their eyes).
- Project open, positive body language and keep your nervousness under control. Relax!
- Don’t be shy about communicating your skills and strengths, and give specific examples.
- Focus on how you can help solve problems by saving time, money or providing good service.
- Let them know you can adapt to change and are flexible.
- Emphasize your willingness to work hard and get along with other members of the team.
- Wait until they raise the issue of salary and benefits and look at the potential for growth.
- Believe in yourself and ask for help along the way.
- Write a thank-you note within 48-hours to express appreciation for the interview.
- Remember, your attitude determines your altitude. . . how high you fly in life!
Documents to obtain for your job search
Check the ones that apply to your job search:
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Driver’s License or State ID
- Work Permit (if under 16
- High School Diploma or G.E.D.
- College Transcripts and Degree
- Letters of Recommendation
- Copies of Awards
- Career Preparation Class Certificates
- Federal Bonding Documentation
- Job Performance Reviews
- Vocational Training Certificates
- Computer Training Certificates
- Chemical Dependency Completion
- For information on obtaining these documents, consult with professionals or visit your local library, career center or non-profit employment agency.
- Begin contacting federal, state and local agencies now (i.e. Social Security Administration), because certain documents may require several weeks to obtain, and be cautious sharing personal or sensitive information.
- Always make more copies than you think you’ll need!