Land a New Position: Best Practices for Jobseekers

27 Jul

Despite the woes of a turbulent economy,  job seekers must do everything possible to differentiate themselves from their competition.  Understanding the local job market, entering each interview fully prepared, and leveraging professional networks is key to getting hired. 

Here are five articles that provide advice and guidance for job seekers, and food for thought as you progress towards landing your next position.

Use LinkedIn tips to maximize the job search process – LinkedIn continues its’ growth as a major component of sourcing and recruiting strategies worldwide. And, instead of publishing the literally 100’s of tips possible, here are the top ten tips that will give you an advantage over the average user of the site.  Click here to read more.

Sharpen Your Focus on LinkedIn – You can use keywords on LinkedIn to help find job titles and employers that fit your skills, Harry Urschel writes. Once you get the information about those positions, look for names of people within the company you can contact who may be able to help you get your resume to the right person, he writes.  Click here to read more

Tread carefully when mentioning salary expectations – If you must include a salary expectation in your cover letter, do your homework first so that you use the market range for your area, Alison Green writes. While it’s generally best to avoid mentioning salary in a cover letter, some companies may toss out your application if you don’t include it, she warns.  Click here to read more.

Ready for the toughest interview question? – There is no bad interview question; just bad answers!  We mentioned earlier that in order to compete in the job market, it is essential that job seekers consider how they will address questions that pop up during the interview, and how to position their answers in such a way that articulates “what’s in it for the employer” to hire them.  Click here to read more.

Are unemployment benefits deterring your job search? – With about five unemployed people per available job and 6.8 million who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, this seems like a no-brainer at first glance. Proponents say this emergency relief can help the unemployed pay bills and put food on the table and also stimulate consumer spending. Yet many argue that extending unemployment benefits will deter people from looking for jobs and dig deeper into the nation’s deficit.  Click here to read more.

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