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4 steps to a successful job search

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by Charlotte Gurney

Starting a job search can be an overwhelming and stress-provoking experience for some people. But it doesn't have to be for you... Not if you approach it in the right way. You can have a successful job search, using the tips and advice you will find in this article. 

1.Know where to look for great jobs
The best jobs are seldom found in the newspaper. Networking is a great way to locate a job. When you do a job search, talk to everyone you know about what you're looking for. It's hard to predict who might give you that crucial lead to your next job. 

Recruiters or staffing consultants are the very best way to find a job that is specific to your industry, pay expectations and skills. Many times, employers will outsource recruitment to a staffing firm. So those jobs are never listed in any public venue. Only the staffing firm like Volt know about them! 

2. Know what the employer is looking for
Employers care about skills and experience. They'll also want more intangible qualities, such as the ability to work as part of a team and being innovative. They may also be looking for qualities unique to their work culture. Make sure you find out as much as you can about what each employer is looking for before you begin your job search. 

3. Put together a great resume and cover letter
Once you've found a job you want to apply for, you will need a resume and cover letter that will attract attention to make the employer want to interview you. Think of your resume and cover letter as a "sales tool" that will convince the employer that you are the only one for the job. 

Your resume should be written clearly, simply, and to the point. Use bullets and action words to highlight your accomplishments, rather than long paragraphs - alot of employers will skim read dozens of resumes, therefore long paragraphs might not get read. Focus on quantifiable results, such as "Streamlined operations in my department and saved the business $5000 in the first quarter".

Cover letters should always be customized to the employer and the job you are applying for. That is the single most important factor to most likely get you an interview. 

4. Prepare for interviews thoroughly and follow up
Read Volt's tips here on how to prepare for a successful interview.

When you follow up consistently at different phases during the job search, you demonstrate your professionalism and your interest. As long as you are considerate of the recruiter's time, follow up should not be viewed as "annoying." After you submit an application, and/or cover letter for a job, feel free to follow up within a reasonable time period to check on the status of your job application. A week or two should be plenty of time. 

After an interview, follow up by sending a letter or an email to the interviewer to thank them for their time and for the opportunity. This is also a chance for you to emphasize again what you have to offer the company. 

Follow these four steps, and you will have a successful job search. View our jobs 
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