10 Steps for Finding Your New Job

Strategies for Successful Job Searching

Are you looking for a new job? Here are ten steps you can take to find a new job, including where to look for jobs, the top job sites to use, how to use your connections to boost your job hunt, how to ace the interview, how to follow up, and more advice on how to get hired for your next job.

Find the Best Job Listings

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Check out the best job search engine sites, job banks, company websites, networking sites, niche job sites, and sites listed by type of job. Also consider working with a recruiter to maximize your opportunities. Here's how to find job listings fast. More

Keep Your Job Search Focused

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Use the job search engines to find jobs by using keywords that match your interests and the location where you want to work. Narrowing your search criteria will help you focus your job search and will give you more relevant job listings to review and less non-relevant job listings to weed through.  More

Build Your Professional Brand

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Create profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Branded.me, and other networking sites. A strong personal brand that portrays you in a professional light will provide recruiters, employers, and contacts with a strong positive impression of you as a candidate they should be interested in. More

Connect With Your Contacts

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Now that you've created profiles on networking sites, use them. Connect with everyone you know, because you never know which contact may be able to help you with your job search or put you in touch with someone who can. More

Use Job Search Apps and Tools

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There are a variety of apps, widgets, gadgets, and tools that will help expedite your job search and manage your career. Use them to organize your job search and save valuable job searching time. More

Create a List of Companies You'd Love to Work

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Do you have a list of companies you would like to work for? It's a good idea to research company information and create a list of companies to target in your job search. All the information you need is available on the web, and it's easy to find detailed information about potential employers online. More

Take the Time to Target Your Resume and Cover Letter

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It's important to take the time to write targeted resumes and cover letters that specifically link your qualifications to the hiring criteria for the jobs you are applying for. The hiring manager will be able to see, at a glance, why, and how, you are qualified for the job. You'll have a much better chance of getting an interview than if you send a generic letter and resume. More

Prepare to Ace the Interview

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Research the company before you go for the interview, dress appropriately, practice answering and asking interview questions, and make a concerted effort to impress the interviewer with your skills, experience, confidence, and expertise. More

Don't Forget to Follow Up

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It's important to follow up after an interview by thanking everyone you met with. Also reiterate your interest in the position and remind the hiring manager why you're an excellent candidate for the job. More

Accept (or Decline) a Job Offer

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When you receive a job offer, it's important to take the time to carefully evaluate the offer so you are making an educated decision to accept, or to reject, the offer. You don't have to accept a job just because it was offered to you, but do carefully evalute it and if you decline, do so politely. More

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