Friday, October 23, 2009

6 Tips to Shorten a Job Search

4. Stay open-minded

HR professionals know all the positions that they need to fill, and will sometimes move your resume from one position file to another if they think it is a better fit. They know exactly how the company works, as well as who they will need in the near future. Many companies can provide on-the-job training for certain aspects of the position if you can perform a majority of the duties involved. Demonstrate through your cover letter that you are enthusiastic and a fast-leaner, so that you can be considered for a position that you may not be 100% qualified for. If pickings are slim, expand the geographic area of your job search, or consider temporary positions to get your foot in the door.

5. Stay upbeat, do not appear desperate

Remember that it is your job to explain why you would be good for the company, not why the company would be good for you. No one wants to work with someone who whines or tells sob stories to get their way, so if you include this in your cover letter or interview strategy, you may never find your next employment.

6. Take a class

Many colleges now offer continuing professional education. Ask yourself what job skills you wish to enhance, or if there is a hobby that could translate into a career under the right mentoring. Furthering your education shows initiative and interest in your particular field, and may quickly lead to better career options.

Above all else, keep hunting, keep your resume up-to-date, and you will hear the
words “welcome aboard!”

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