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​Don't Let the Turkeys Get you Down!



Most job seekers say they would rather have a wisdom tooth pulled than conduct their job search. How can you make the process easier?  

Get a Job Buddy!  A job buddy can be a friend, family member, professional associate or Ideal Resume.  The Job Buddy is: 
* your cheer leader; cheering you on through your job search.  
* keeps you on track with your job search timeline.
* sounding board when your feeling frustrated. 



Checklist for a Successful Job Search

1. Update your resume so it stands out from the competition!  Recruiters read thousands of resumes.  Bryan Power, a hiring expert with Google, says "If your resume is general and reads like a job description, that's not going to look as compelling as someone who is able to articulate their accomplishments in detail." For more on what Bryan Power has to say about the job search check this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57364013/job-search-secrets-from-a-top-google-recruiter. 

2. Get on LinkedIn.  In a recent article written by the Society of Human Resources Management, over 40% employers are using LinkedIn to source and recruit applicants, conduct profile checks and complete references. "Employers are spammed with hundreds of unqualified resumes each day when they post on the larger job boards." according to Susan M. Heathfield's About.com article http://humanresources.about.com/od/recruiting/a/recruit_linked.htm. 

3. Network! The tried and true method of finding a job.  Join professional associations that are in your field and attend their monthly meetings, workshops and social gatherings.  Don't be afraid to share with people that you are looking for a job.  The best job opportunities come up through word of mouth! 

Keep a list of all your contacts and make regular follow-ups with them. Connect with contacts through LinkedIn and email new contacts a copy of your resume.

4. Volunteer.  If you are out of work then keeping your skills sharp and relevant in your field is essential. Volunteering is a great opportunity to accomplish this while also networking in your field.

5. Make a "Job Search To Do List". Finding a job is a full-time job.  In fact it can require 25-30 hours/week.  Stay motivated by creating a weekly or even daily to do list. The list will keep you disciplined and focused on specific tasks that you need to complete.  













Interview Success

1. Do your homework: research the company you are interviewing so you can demonstrate knowledge about the company and position.

2. You are in the Limelight; be prepared to talk about yourself! Before the interview prepare questions and answer them; get your mind on talking about your work experience.
You need to be prepared to talk in detail about your job experience, skills, successes and failures. Be prepared to provide examples of your work experience.  Some typical questions that are asked in an interview:
* tell me about yourself
* what are your strengths and weaknesses?
* what were your major challenges in your last job?
* why are you looking for a new job?

3. Be the BEST candidate: this means conveying professionalism.
* Arrive 10-15 minutes early for the interview
* Make a good impression: demeanor, dress, hand shake, body language, making eye contact will all be noted during the interview. 
* Bring several copies of your resume and reference sheet.

4. Many employers use behavioral based interview questions. Get ready to answer these questions that sometimes stump candidates. A few sample questions are:
* Please give me an example of a time you had to juggle multiple tasks. 
* Tell me about a time you worked on a team.  
What was your role and how did you contribute?








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