Being Prepared for the Job Search

There are a number of things that will help you succeed in finding a great job. The most important may well be job search preparation. There is no substitute for being prepared when it comes to job hunting.

In order to maximize your efforts, you should take care of several important tasks prior to contacting any prospective employers. Yes, it takes more time initially, but you will achieve greater (and faster) results if you make the effort to do these things first.

One of the areas that job seekers seem to struggle with most is determining what type of job they want to obtain. If you find yourself in this situation, it may take some soul-searching. There are very few people in this world who develop a career plan and then focus on finding appropriate jobs that take them from where they are to their career goal (sometimes in incremental steps).

So, take some time to figure out what it is that you really want to do. If you need assistance in understanding what some job titles mean or what some jobs entail, there are several things you can do. The first is to browse the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It is a very helpful guide provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

It will give you a great deal of information about specific jobs, including:

  • Job overview and duties
  • Education needed to obtain the job
  • Outlook for future growth in the field
  • Earnings estimates
  • It is a great resource.

    Another option is to enter the job title in which you are interested in the box below along with the city of your choice and will return job openings. You can review the jobs that are available and determine what employers are seeking as well as what the current demand is for the position. Oh, and it’s free.

    The next step in job search preparation is ensuring your personal marketing materials are professional-looking and well-written. Your marketing materials include anything that you use to represent yourself to an employer. Generally, this includes:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Employment references
  • Salary History
  • Being prepared with the right materials at the right time is invaluable.

    Once you have these materials in place, you are ready to start the job search in earnest. As you discover job opportunities, you will want to track and organize the various activities associated with our job search.

    You can find a great job – but remember that it takes time and effort. Being prepared is our best strategy.

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