5 Job Hunting Techniques

Nowadays, businesses have been trying to cut costs and this has made it harder for job seekers to look for the jobs they want. What you need to do is make yourself stand out from the crowd. Given below are 5 job hunting techniques that can help you land your first job.

1. Be Positive

Today, the job market is difficult and you need to accept this fact. However, this doesn’t mean that you should stop your search for the best job. What you need to do is take the necessary steps in order to present yourself in a better way to employers. Keep in mind that you are not the only one who is going through this situation.

2. Stay Motivated

If you have been out of work for months, you may be disheartened. And this is normal. Media reports regarding unemployment rates may make it look like things are not going to get better. But what you need to do is stay active as this will help you control your depression. It’s a good idea to fill out applications and send out resumes a minimum of once per day. Your need to practice your job hunting skill.

3. Put Together a Marketing Plan

You may want to prepare a list of companies and industries that you like to work for. This way you can focus your efforts to get the job you want. Keep in mind that hunting for a job is a full-time job. You need to have a specific approach in order to increase your chances of landing your dream job.

Your marketing plan should consist of researching the company and the position you are going to apply for. If you have motivation and knowledge, you will succeed.

4. Evaluate Your Skills and Abilities

If you evaluate your skills and abilities, you will be able to find out what skills of yours are the strongest and what skills are the weakest. This will help you improve your skills. However, when doing the evaluation, we suggest that you be honest. At first, it can be hard but will become easier with time.

If possible, you can also hire a career counselor who can give you additional job hunting support. However, before you hire one, make sure you read up on the reliability and credibility of the professional.

5. Work on Your Resume

Make sure your resume reflects what you have to offer. Moreover, the resume should clearly communicate what you have to offer to potential employers. Aside from this, you may want to carefully choose the keywords as they help employers search for potential candidates electronically. You can check resumes prepared by other candidates and you can find a lot of them on the Internet.

So, if you have been looking for your dream job, we suggest that you use the 5 job hunting techniques given in this article. These techniques will help you increase your chances of getting your dream job. Just make sure you have enough experience as it can play a great role in getting the job you want.

Online Job Search Techniques

There’re many ways to conduct online job search. However, many job seekers only think of posting resumes and searching opportunities on big job sites like monster.com, hotjobs.com, and careerbuilder.com etc. There’s nothing wrong with it, but according to a survey conducted by careerXrooads.com, of all hires in 2002, only 3.6% come from monster.com, 1.5% come careerbuilder.com, and 0.5% come from hotjobs.com. Morever, many companies only advertise their job openings on their own company websites and some other speciality websites. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can use search engines to find these opportunities that are ignored by other job seekers?

Before we go any further of how to conduct online job search, I would like to talk a little bit about Boolean Logic. If you are a math or a computer student, you may have already known it. Actually, it’s very powerful, yet simple to use in search engines. The following are some of the most popular Boolean operators, modifiers and field search commands.

  • AND: Collects documents that include all terms.

    Google default operator.

    Example: job AND nursing

  • OR: Collects documents that include at least one of the terms.

    Example: nurse OR rn

  • NOT Collects documents that include the term that precedes it but not the

    term that follows it.

    AltaVista: AND NOT; Google: – (e.g. -submit); All The Web: ANDNOT

    Example: manager AND NOT sales

  • NEAR Collects documents with both terms that are within close proximity to

    each other (usually 10 terms or less).

    AltaVista ONLY. Useful for finding contacts within a specific location.

    Example: manager NEAR marketing

  • Quotation Marks “” Specify an exact phrase

    Example: “SAS programmer”

  • Parenthesis () Define a search subset

    Not used in Google

    Example: (iowa OR ia) AND (manager OR director)

  • Wildcard Symbol * Matches any type and number of characters.

    AltaVista ONLY.

    Example: manag*

  • url: Look for keywords in the document URL.

    Google: inurl

    Example: url:position AND ibm

  • title: Look for keywords in the document title.

    Google: intitle

    Example: title:position AND merk

  • link: Look for pages linked to a particular URL.

    Example: link:dell.com

  • host: Scans a specific computer or host of a URL.

    Example: host:mit.edu

  • domain: Looks for pages within a specific domain like .com, .org, .edu.

    Example: domain:.org AND nurse

  • like: Looks for pages related in content

    AltaVista: like:

    Google: related:

    Example: like:dell.com

  • filetype: Looks for pages with a specific file type attached or documented

    Example: filetype:xls OR filetype:pdf

  • Now, let’s say you’re a pharmacist and is looking for a new job in boston area. So you can go to www.altavista.com and conduct online job search using the following string:

    url:job AND pharmacist AND contact AND position AND boston

    If you use www.google.com, you don’t need to type in AND since it’s default operator in Google. So you can just use:

    inurl:job pharmacist contact position boston

    Now look at some more complicated online job search examples:

    (url:(job* OR opening* OR position* OR employ*) OR title:(job* OR opening* OR position* OR employ*)) AND send AND benefits AND opening AND EOE AND contact AND “SAS programmer” AND boston

    (“[email protected]” OR “[email protected]” OR “[email protected]” OR “[email protected]” OR “human resources”) AND (apply OR “send us” OR “send your” OR submit OR “fax us” OR “fax your”) AND (“organic chemist” OR medicinal chemist”) AND (synthesis OR synthesize)

    Now you see the power of online job search? Try different key word combinations and use them in different search engines. Some links you find might be junk links, but keep trying, as long as you pick up right key word combination, you should be able to find many job opportunities that are buried in deep deep web and are ignored by other job seekers.

    Happy searching.

    Job Search Techniques – Using a Systematic Approach to Finding a Job in 90 Days

    Job hunting is a challenging task even in the best of times. It becomes even more challenging when the economy is in a slump and there are fewer jobs available with more people competing for them. This requires the job hunter to become more creative and use all the tools and resources available to them in order to be more efficient and effective.

    One way to increase your chances of finding a position is to take a systematic approach to looking for a job. What do I mean by a system? Well what I’m talking about is using the same techniques that professional salespeople use to sell their products. If you think about it, you are a product and the end result of your activities should be getting a contract with an employer. If you accept this premise, implementing a process to accomplish this will make it very easy. I believe I can provide you with a step-by-step process that will enable you to get a job in about 90 days. The secret is to commit to this and to adhere to the plan which incorporates a rigid schedule, specific activities and a commitment to follow through. These are the same components critical to success with any other objective you’re attempting to achieve.

    I’m confident this system will work for you because it worked for my daughter Danielle who graduated college earlier this year. She was able to find her dream job within 45 days of implementing the techniques discussed in this article.

    I’m a professional sales manager. By “professional” sales manager, I mean that I treat sales as a profession, not just a job. It truly is a profession which you have to train for and continually update your skills and tools if you want to be successful.

    It occurred to me that finding a job is a lot like what my sales team does every day trying to sell our company’s products and services.

    · You have to send out a lot of information such as product literature, specification sheets and informational flyers to try to get a prospects attention. In the case of the job hunter it’s resume’s and cover letters

    · You need to follow up with phone calls, notes, emails and other forms of communication to open up a dialog with your prospective customers (employers.)

    · You are trying to make them aware of the need for your products (skills and experiences)

    · You need to differentiate yourself from your competitors (other job applicants)

    · You need to convince them that your sales claims are true (the ability to do the job)

    · It can be a numbers game: 100 letters and phone calls gets you 10 conversations gets you 3 interviews, gets you one job (maybe)

    · Success comes from 3 things: Hard Work, Timing, and Luck, with Hard Work being the most important.

    So, since we were both trying to sell something, I recommend that you go to “work” and your new job is finding a job. I believe that if you do the work and follow the plan I outline below, you can close the sale (i.e., find a job.)

    The general plan is:

    Commit to “working” 8 hours a day. This consists of;

    · Working at a “temporary” job in order to pay your living expenses

    · Volunteering or some other activity which helps you get to know a profession, industry or specific employer which you might be interested in.

    · Using the “Selling Yourself Into a Job” system to find permanent employment.

    Your day starts at 8:00 and ends at 5:00, 5 days a week, unless the temporary job or volunteer position requires time during evenings or on weekends. The objective is to put in a 40 hour week which includes all three of these activities.

    You should try to max out the time you spend at the temporary job and volunteering. One gives you money and the other provides you with experience and exposure to potential employers.

    When you’re not working or volunteering, you need to be doing the same things a sales force does every day:

    · Researching potential employers (we look for customers)

    · Visiting Job Search sites looking for tips and tricks (become a professional job seeker by educating yourself, just like you would for any other profession)

    · Improving your resume’ or customizing it for a specific job opportunity (we create marketing materials)

    · Sending out resume’s (we send out letters & brochures informing people about our business offerings)

    · Applying on company web sites (we respond to bid requests)

    · Making follow-up calls (we do this…ALOT!)

    · Going on interviews (we have customer or prospect meetings)

    Here is where you may need additional help:

    · Finding information on companies and the contacts at the companies you want to apply to, using tools like Linkedin, Jigsaw, etc…

    · Reviewing and editing your resume’, cover letters, etc…

    · Providing guidance on interview techniques and business conversations.

    · Keeping on track with your activities, focus, and results.

    · Finding tips to help you manage your time and be more effective (i.e., blind copying yourself on every email you send out so you can reuse it and not have to create everything from scratch.)

    · Preparing interview plans and strategies (company research, timing the commute, a list of questions for the interview, etc…)

    · Debriefing after each interview to see how you can improve on them

    The resources you need to assist with these items are readily available and will be discussed in future articles.

    The plan you develop has to have a specific goal, a set of objectives and an activity schedule.

    The goal is to find you a job in 90 days (accept the fact that it might take this long)

    The objective is to get at least one interview a week after the first 3 weeks.

    The daily activity plan was as follows:

    · Research and collect information on 10 target employers

    · Send out 10 resume’s

    · Apply on-line to 10 prospective employers

    · Make 10 follow up calls

    Don’t worry if this sounds overwhelming right now. Once you begin working on this and have the research tools, a library of resume’s and cover letters and a workflow set up this will be easy. This methodology is classic Sales 101 and has been proven time and time again. It may take some time, but it will be successful.

    During that first week all you need to do is to locate 10 target employers within the local area. You’ll need to find out their contact information, try to determine who you should be communicating with and do some research on their website. By the end of the week you’ll have a list of 50 companies. However you may not have all the contact information you need to apply for a position. This is not a problem. As a professional salesperson, I’ve developed a portfolio of tools that I use to identify specific contacts within an organization. I will share these with you in future articles.

    On Monday of the following week begin to send out 10 resumes and apply to 10 companies online each day. You also need to research another 10 companies and add them to your list. By the third day you will have sent out 30 applications and applied online to 30 companies. You then need to begin calling the companies that you applied to two days earlier. I have put together a series of telephone scripts for you so that you’ll know what you are going to say when you get somebody on the phone.

    The process needs to be repeated daily. Initially there may be little or no response from the companies you’ve contacted. However, during week 3 you should started hearing back from the prospects. Often it will be a polite email, call or letter explaining that there currently were no positions available but they’ll keep your information on file. Sometimes the employer will ask for additional information about your background, skills or experience. On a couple of occasions they may have you come in for a “group interview,” at which there may be as many as 30 applicants were in attendance. Don’t be discouraged by this. It’s part of the process.

    Soon you’ll begin getting invitations for interviews. This should be encouraging, even though several of the opportunities may be for positions you’re not interested in for a variety of reasons, including location, the industry, company or specific position. However you should go on every interview to either genuinely apply for the position or to practice and refine your interview skills.

    By week 5 it should become apparent that the program is beginning to pay off. By this time you’ll have contacted over 150 companies, followed up with most of them and begin getting call backs and interview requests on a regular basis. I believe that this is a result of what I called the “cow patty” theory. By putting enough information about yourself out into the local business community, people will start to “step” in the patties and will begin to respond.

    I believe you will be successful at reaching your goal of finding a job using the Selling Yourself Into a Job” system for the following reasons:

    · The structure of the process provides a framework within which the job search could be executed in a regular and systematic way.

    · There were specific goals, objectives and processes which drive the process and will keep you focused.

    · Specific activities were required every day which keep you accountable.

    · A structured, repeatable process made the tasks easier the more they are done. This reduces the time required to do the tasks which should encourage you to complete them.

    · Getting results in only a few weeks will motivate you to continue to execute the plan.

    · You will become more comfortable and confident when you do things that you’ve done before and are familiar with. There will be a noticeable change in your communication skills and confidence level several weeks into the process.

    · The resources I’ve located and which can be used during the process will help keep you focused and will provide good advice and tips on creating resume’s, writing cover letters, developing phone scripts and improving your interview behaviors

    I firmly believe that if this process can work for anybody. The key elements are;

    · The process needs to be treated like a job. Your job is to find a job.

    · There’s a definitive process. You wake up every morning knowing exactly what you need be doing in terms of your job hunting process.

    · Locate additional resources which will help you in this process. Web sites, on-line resources, tips and tricks related to your job search.

    · The more you do the process, the more repetitive it is, the easier it’s going to be, and the better you’re going to become at it.

    I hope you’ve found this information helpful in your job search process. I will publish additional articles about the specifics of this system. The information I’ll provide will include:

    · Resume’ and Cover Letter Tips

    · Resources for Reaching Prospective Employers

    · Where to find Information on Job Hunting Tips and Tricks

    · Telephone Scripts you can use to get through “Gate Keepers” and increase your level of Confidence when calling a Prospective Employer

    · How to Prepare for an Interview

    · Follow-up Techniques

    If you have specific questions or would like to discuss my Selling Yourself Into a Job” system in more detail, please feel free to contact me at the following email address:

    [email protected]

    Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

    Bill Swansen