Most of you are probably not aware, but my wife and I have been attempting to relocate to the great state of Michigan (or as my wife likes to call it, the Mitten!). We both have family and friends there that we’ve been missing severely, so we’ve decided that it was time to start looking for a job in the general area of “home”.
Throughout the process, I realized that there were many things that I did (sometimes unknowingly), which often tipped the scales in my favor for getting this job. From these actions, I have come up with 5 Tips on How to Get a New Job.
1) Networking – This is always the most important part of finding that dream job you’ve been looking for. If you are looking to relocate to a certain area, contact your close friends and relatives and let them know you are looking.
I reached out early on in the process, and I still have job possibilities coming up here and there. If I would not have been offered this recent job, I most likely would have been a sure-hire for another one. All because of the network. It really is a powerful tool.
If you do not have much of a network with family and friends, make a point to join an organization, whether it’s professional or personal. The more people you know, the more chance you have in acquiring your dream job.
2) Update that Resumé! – If your resume hasn’t been updated in the past 5 years, it’s not going to be of any use to you. Even if you’ve been in the same job for 10 years, you most likely have a whole new list of responsibilities that you should be listing on your resume.
There is a myth that says resumes should be one page only – If it’s more than one, the employer will just throw it out. This is NOT TRUE! If you are fresh out of college, then you might be struggling to fill up a whole page, but for anyone that’s had at least one job with a few responsibilities, you will most likely need that second page (or more). Don’t let this get out of hand though. Nobody wants to read paragraphs of information.
While the “1 page only” rule may be a myth, it IS TRUE that the first page is the most important. If you have experience that is closely related to the job that you are applying for, do your best to get all of this information on the first page.
3) Do Not Apply To Jobs That Don’t Interest You – I made this mistake with a few applications. I got so excited about moving close to family that I applied to a few jobs that I figured I could get, but really didn’t have any interest in whatsoever.
Unless you are a professional actor/actress, the interviewer will see right through your false excitement about the job, and then you will get the dreaded question, “So, why are you interested in this job?” Queue the “ummms” and “uhhhs” because you’ll have no idea how to answer this question! The interview is over at this point, so don’t waste your time.
4) Be Prepared – I’ve been through a few interview processes in my life, and recently, they have grown much more extensive! It seems like almost every job has at least 3 stages of interviews (and some have even more). Make sure you are prepared for every one of them!
Before each interview, make sure that you look up at least 20 popular interview questions and run through how you would answer them. If you need to, write a few of these questions down with an appropriate answer and take it with you to the interview. Since you practiced before hand, you will most likely not need this cheat sheet, but it might calm your nerves knowing that you have the backup plan.
Also, make sure to have some questions for each interviewer about the job. Since each person you interview with has a different relation to the open position, try to tailor questions to their expertise. For example, if the interviewer is an analyst, don’t ask them subjective questions. Get down into the details; they’ll like that.
5) Follow-up – After the interview is over, don’t close up your notes and play outside. Looks over those notes and write a follow-up letter/email. If the job is in the area, then send a letter. If it’s a few hundred miles away, send an email. Express how you enjoyed the interview and are very interested about X (topic that you discussed during the meeting). Make sure to close by emphasizing how much you would love to be part of the company family.
Follow these steps and you’ll be sure to impress an employer very soon! It worked for me, and it can work for you too!
Have you interviewed lately? What advise would you add?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.