Tips For The Job Searcher

Written by Richard Lowe

I've searched for a few jobs in my time, and I've interviewed many hundreds of people. Here are some things that I've learned which have had great success. I hope they are of value to any job searchers.

Treat job hunting as a full time occupation - If you are currently unemployed and can physically (or mentally) work, then there is absolutely no excuse for not spending every waking moment looking for a job. You can read want ads over breakfast, go on an interview inrepparttar morning, spend lunch on repparttar 101831 phone scheduling a couple more interview for later inrepparttar 101832 week, go on another interview inrepparttar 101833 afternoon and write a few letters over dinner. After dinner, you can surfrepparttar 101834 internet researching your career, locale and companies. The point is, there is nothing more important than finding a job - it isrepparttar 101835 basis of survival. Treat it as such.

Research - Spend your evenings doing research about potential employers. First you are looking for companies who need to hire someone with your qualifications. This is your first research task. Once you find some companies, schedule some interviews. When you talk torepparttar 101836 receptionist onrepparttar 101837 phone, you could ask her to send you a brochure or some information aboutrepparttar 101838 company (ifrepparttar 101839 interview is soon you could pick it uprepparttar 101840 day before if possible). You can get onrepparttar 101841 internet inrepparttar 101842 evening and see if any articles have been written aboutrepparttar 101843 company. Remember to check various sources to see ifrepparttar 101844 company is financially sound - you don't want to get employed only to be laid off a month later if you can help it! Also find outrepparttar 101845 names of as many corporate executives as possible, but make sure your information is current.

What do you need this information for? The data has many values: first, you could find outrepparttar 101846 company does not meet your needs and not waste your time on an interview. Having information makes you more powerful duringrepparttar 101847 interview process, as you will not be going in ignorant of what's going on. Finally, you can use this information to convince your interviewer that you are qualified forrepparttar 101848 position.

Contacts - The plain fact ofrepparttar 101849 matter is, scanningrepparttar 101850 newspaper want ads is perhapsrepparttar 101851 least successful method of job hunting. Sending out hundreds of resumes simply does not work well either. In fact,repparttar 101852 best way to get a job is through personal contacts.

What does this mean? You need to get onrepparttar 101853 phone, get in your car or bicycle or whatever, and talk to people. If an interview does not work out, you callrepparttar 101854 person back and ask them if they know of someone else who needs your skills. Askrepparttar 101855 receptionist, askrepparttar 101856 human resources person, ask anyone who will talk to you. Open your mouth and get friendly with people. Once you get to know them a bit (which could be after five minutes of conversation or several hours, depending uponrepparttar 101857 person), ask if they know of anyone who needs your skills. If they say "no", fine. Onrepparttar 101858 other hand, you will occasionally get a contact. Now, that's how you find a good job!

Go on at least one interview per weekday - Try and schedule an interview, no matter how much of a stretch, every single day. In this case, more is better. Each interview is an opportunity to get a job, or, just as importantly, a potential source for leads to other contacts and interviews.

Treat "no" as an opportunity - It is inevitable that you will get a "no" now and then. In fact, you might get tens or even hundreds of them. It's often a good idea to callrepparttar 101859 person who interviewed you to talk to them. Onrepparttar 101860 surface, you are asking why you didn't getrepparttar 101861 job: but in reality, you are asking them for information. The primary purpose of talking to them is simple: "do you know of anyone else who could use a person like me?" Sometimes you will get a "no", and sometimes you will get a name and phone number.


Written by Rhoberta Shaler

You've probably noticed that there are some problems with our communication system. We have to use words. They are often imprecise, awkward and unable to capturerepparttar essence of what we want to say.

Problem #1. Words mean different things to different folks. Even when we find what we consider to be adequate words,repparttar 101830 listener hears something else.

Problem #2. It is difficult to capture feelings in words. And, equally difficult to remove feelings from words. What a conundrum.

Problem #3. Listeners may not be listening. There's a big difference between listening and hearing: onlyrepparttar 101831 former engagesrepparttar 101832 mind. Many folks begin formulating their response after you sayrepparttar 101833 first ten words.

Problem #4. The listener's prior experiences colour your words for them. You are not alone. They are hearing every person who has ever spoken to them in your way or with your words as you speak. Therefore, they decide where to place their attention and what their focus will be.

Problem #5. And, we wonder why communication is difficult? It's enough to make you close your mouth forever!

Now, aside from those five problems, there are other considerations. Here are some simple and significant ways to increase your chances of being accurately heard and, hopefully, listened to. Considerrepparttar 101834 following questions:

1. Do you know what is important to your listener? Are they more interested in facts or feelings? Demonstrate your desire to communicate with them by leading with what is of greater interest to them.

2. Do you know if your listener is more interested inrepparttar 101835 details orrepparttar 101836 decision? Some folks are more comfortable with assessing and planning solutions than with making decisions and implementing them. To whom are you speaking? It is difficult to get a "decide and do" attitude from an "assess and solve" person. Similarly, it is more difficult to engage an "assessor" in a decision making conversation. They will usually want to keep perfecting their plan. Acknowledge this and affirm their skill before asking them to decide.

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