Tips for the Downsized Job Seeker
- Be Optimistic
- Losing your job can take a toll on you emotionally, but keep your self-esteem up.
- Meet with a career counselor before you begin the job hunt, so you can work through your emotions.
- Employers can tell if you are not optimistic about the job, and they don't want to hire someone who is going to be "Negative Nancy" - so be positive!
- Search for that Dream Job
- What is your ideal job? Now is the time to give it a try, so make the call!
- Work with a career counselor to figure out what your ideal job is if you are uncertain.
- Develop GREAT Application Materials
- Employers only take about 15 seconds to review your resume and cover letter, so make sure your skills and experiences are noticed.
- When developing your resume, remember that resumes shouldn't be longer than two pages and only include the last 10 years of experience.
- Every time you apply for a job, make sure that your resume and cover letter is directed towards your target company and the position you seek.
- Create a Networking List
- Networking is the #1 way to find a job no matter what the economy is like.
- Make a list of your relatives, neighbors, friends, and professionals that you know.
- Make these people are aware that you are looking for a job and what type of job you are seeking.
- After all, it's not necessarily about who you know, but who those people on your list know.
- Print Business Cards
- Create a business card that includes your name, contact information, and a few key words about your skills and what job you want.
- Business cards are small and easy to carry with you when you go to social and networking events.
- Spend 40 hours/week on Job Searching
- Wake up every morning as if you were going to work and work on job searching.
- Select a room in your home as an "office" and dedicate 7 to 8 hours working on finding a position.
- These hours can be used for sending out resumes and cover letters, creating a networking list, talking to people on your networking list, scheduling appointments with a career counselor, looking at websites with job postings, etc.
- Prepare for an Interview
- Schedule a mock interview with a career counselor.
- Make sure that your interview attire is professional and current.
- Look at yourself in the mirror in your interview attire and ask, "What first impression
- Never, Ever Give Up
- Typically it takes 3 to 6 months to find a job, sometimes longer in hard economic times.
- If you are focused on finding a job, have great application materials and have a positive attitude, your next job could just be a step away!
Information from careers.slu.edu:2009