Friday, July 18, 2008

Smart Job Searching

Looking for a job is a very time consuming task and can be seen as a total waste of time for many. Sometimes you feel as if you are looking and looking but you never see anything new and you never find a job you would even consider applying for.

So what is smart job searching?For me it means that I don't have to spend a lot of time looking for a job but can concentrate on actually working. There are hundreds or more job sites out there, unless you have all the time in the world it won't be possible to go through all of them. This is when you have to look for a job without wasting a lot of time and spend more time applying and accepting them.

Be a Smart Job Searcher;

* Narrow your focus - do you have a specific job in mind or are you looking all over the place for anything? By narrowing down your search and focus on only a few areas it will be easier for you to find a job.

* Find a good and reliable source for the work you are looking for in your area. Ex:San Francisco jobs Decide on a few places that usually offers the kind of work you are looking for and return to them.

* Be consistent - use your list of places to search at and return to them regularly.

* Sign up for job alerts - many job searching sites send out alerts via email, sign up for the type of job you are looking for.

* Define and improve your skills while looking for a job - work on your CV, improve your skills, read up on the subject etc. You will be more prepared for the job.

* Go locally - this is probably one o the easiest ways of finding a job but still something many overlook. Call in and leave your CV or give them a ring, they might not be needing anyone at the moment but they will surely accept your CV if it is relevant.

* Don't be afraid to sell yourself - what are your qualities? Why would anyone want to hire you? These are things you should be able to answer. If your answer is that you aren't very good at anything then you need to go back to the step where you define and improve your skills. Everyone is good at something.

It's not always about where to look but it is also about how you look. What kind of attitude you have towards finding a new job and how you go about it.

Finding a job is not easy but many times we make it harder than it is.

Good luck!

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