You are ready to find a new career path, you have possibly even thought about your ideal job, but, you are completely overwhelmed at where to start. Being a job seeker this day and age has its advantages. There are so many resources we can thank technology for; online job boards, easy to access resume and cover letter templates, using email to send and follow up on your resume, and social media and networking sites. The question is do you know how to best utilize it?
When you are looking for work, make sure you use all local, regional and national job boards you can find. Some are better than others, so do your research in your area; ask friends, colleagues and people you know who have recently switched jobs. Searching should be free to job seekers, so if you come across a fee based site, make sure the website is legitimate and the information posted is worth the fee. Also use your social media reach to ask your network for job openings that they are aware of that may not be posted to the general public.
Once you have found some listings that you want to apply for, it is time to refine your resume and cover letter. There are some amazing templates available online, or even within many word processing programs. Use the online dictionary and/or thesaurus if you are struggling to find the right verbiage. You don’t have to be a linguist; you just have to be thorough.
Once you have tweaked, snipped, upgraded and polished your resume, you are ready to send it out to the hiring managers for the positions you previously found. Be sure to have a professional email address even if this will not be something you regularly use. Your email address could be the very first impression that you give to the people hiring, you want to make sure that it is serious and thought out.
For more technological help, check out some of the latest calendar and resume building apps. Best of luck!