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How To Get a Work Job

Introduction

While good timing plays a role in getting a work job, that is only part of the picture. There are other things that you need to do. Some of these things will help ensure that you get the work job that you are seeking.

Step 1

Assess your skills, experience and goals. Decide what fields would best utilize these skills. Decide what field you are most interested in working in. This will not only tell you where to concentrate your job search at but it will also tell you what to highlight on your resume. After all, it is important to make the most relevant experience and skills for this job truly stand out so that you will be a frontrunner for the position.

Step 2

Tell people that you are looking for a work job. Get involved in networking. Attend professional meetings in your field of interest. It is also a good idea to drop in on your local chamber of commerce meeting. While they may charge you a small fee, it will allow you to make valuable contacts. Afterwards, look through their directories and schedule times to meet with influential people. Ask them for even more names of people whom you can contact. This will require that you get out and about in order to see what jobs are available. Whenever you do so, make sure that you are appropriately dressed.

Step 3

Look for leads. Contact your employment office and any colleges in your area. Remember! A lot of work job openings are not listed in your newspaper. Instead, you need to look at Internet job boards. Nevertheless, your local Sunday paper’s help wanted section will give you a good feel for the hiring marketplace in your area.

Step 4

Fill out applications everywhere. Send out your resume whenever possible. Don’t just stop there though. It’s also important to follow up with a phone call five to seven days after doing so. While this may be scary and you will hear a lot of “no” along the way, eventually you will hear “yes.”

Step 5

Never be afraid to ask for an interview. If you find yourself interviewing for a position that doesn't interest you, ask to interview for a different work job. It is important that you are well prepared for all interviews though. This means that you will need to research the work job and the company prior to the interview so that you have relevant questions prepared and thus look as though you are prepared for this work job. You want your interview to be a dialogue and asking questions will not only help with this but it will also make you look both knowledgeable and eager to learn more about this work job. Afterwards you want to either mail or email a thank you note. Then three days after the interview you should contact the interviewer to see if there is any additional information that they might need. During this time you shouldn't turn down any additional interviews regardless of how good the interview has gone. You should continue with this process until your first day on a new work job.

By Brenda Hoffman, published at 02/17/2012
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