Job search tips to help you succeed and how to look for a job, to follow. Succeeding in a job search is not just a matter of luck or trying again and again.
Job search tips:
- Once you decide the career path you want to pursue, pursue it with passion. If after a reasonable amount of time you are not successful, be willing to try something else. You can always return to your original career path at a later date.
- For every job available, there will be only one successful job applicant. All the rest will be rejected. You must accept rejection & be willing to move on. It is ok to ask the reason you didn’t get a job, but don’t worry about it.
- Depending on the field & the job you are seeking it could take up to several months to get a job. Don’t give up.
- Show your initiative by following up. Don’t wait by the phone or email. It can be very frustrating.
- There will be times when you will be down during your job search. Don’t isolate yourself by involving family & friends, join support groups…. etc.
- It is always easier to find a job while you have one. Having an existing job keeps your confidence high, prevents you from panicking & helps you negotiate a higher starting salary.
- If you don’t currently have a job, you should be a full-time job seeker.
- Look into Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), if applicable to you.
Popular career, job search, pay & salary frequently asked questions & answers (FAQs).
How to look for a job:
- Cold calling and networking. The more cold calling & networking you do, the quicker you will find the right job. Read more about this in our hidden job market,
- Employer directories
- Company web sites
- Job advertisements
- Resume posting online
- Creating a resume web page: This options allow recruiters and employers to find you. Ensure you protect your privacy by not revealing your personal details. Also if you currently have a job, your current employer may see your resume web page. You will need a web hosting company to publish your web page. Be aware that any sensitive personal information you list would be all over the web:
- National Publications/ Journals:
- Professional Associations
- On-campus recruiting (for about to graduate students and for recent graduates)
- Job Fairs
- Employment Agencies