How to Prepare for a Job Search: Tips on Looking for a Job

I have been job searching for the past several months and have found it very difficult to find a full time job. I did get hired for a couple of jobs in the health care field but after a couple of days was very disappointed with them. Either they didn’t give me dependable hours or they expected me to be able to do the job of two to three employees. Fortunately I have been able to pick up a couple of part time jobs to keep me going. My articles with this site have supplied me with some additional income.

When you see the same ones advertising over and over continuously that is a sign that the business has a huge turnover and probably should be avoided. Unfortunately those are the only ones that do seem to be hiring these days. When checking with the online job postings and the newspapers ads I have seen a huge reduction in ads for available employment.

I recently applied for a position that sounded pretty good to me. After just three work days I received a letter back thanking me for my application. They explained to me that they had numerous applications sent in for this one job and they picked the person who had the most experience. This job did have state employee benefits so that goes to show you the government is hiring but they are being very cautious in whom they hire.

When applying for jobs these days even if they don’t ask for a resume or cover letter it’s best to go ahead and send them one with your application. The more experience and information you give them will help in your job search. Also getting written references from former employers, professors, supervisors, and co-workers will help in your job search.

Set a goal for how many applications that you want out there in your job search and stick with your goal. In the meantime while you are waiting for that perfect job to come through prepare yourself for a job interview. Before going to any interview you will want to know as much as you can about this particular business. Be prepared to ask your interviewer questions about their business. They like for you to do this because it shows that you are really interested in what you will be doing on the job.

Purchase a three ring binder and create yourself a professional job portfolio. This will keep all your important information for job searching. All your job experience can be recorded and stored to have quickly when you do get called for an interview. Having your information neatly organized looks great when you show it to a prospective employer.

Create a front page for your portfolio using your word processing on your computer. Label it with your name and below it print Job Skills Portfolio. You will need several sheet protectors to protect your papers. Include tabs on a few of them so you can easily find your documents. Search through any papers you have that will help in your job search and include them in your portfolio. Always use copies. Keep originals in a safe place.

Some sections you will want to add to your portfolio will be:

  1. A Table of Contents listing all material in your portfolio.
  2. Copies of job applications.
  3. Several copies of a recent resume
  4. References
  5. Academic History
  6. Training certificates
  7. Awards

If you will be transporting or driving; you will want to include copies of your driver’s license.

When you are called to come in for an interview dress professionally and have a neat haircut even if you are applying for a fast food restaurant. First appearance is a big plus in getting a potential employers attention. If you go in and look like you didn’t care to clean yourself up nice for your interview then this will give them the impression that this is how you will treat your job. I have been a manager before in a business and believe me when I say that the first impression is very important.

Owning a computer, internet services, telephone, copier and printer is very important items to have in your job search. If you don’t get your local newspapers you can go online and find the job postings on their web sites. Check online for job listings at your local employment office.I have found that having a fax machine has been handy because I don’t have to go out as much in my job search. Most companies will fax you applications if they don’t have them online. You can also fax them back to them instead of having the expense of postage. If you need help in writing a resume; go to ehow and type in “how to write a resume.”