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When It’s Time to Search for a New Job


October 31, 2013

The following job-searching tips are from the PRSA Jobcenter:
 

  • Be proactive. Job feeds and job alerts are important, but can’t take the place of actively using a job board. Targeted job boards like the PRSA Jobcenter are especially useful.
     
  • Dump the catchall “professional summary.” Instead, put key information up front about you and your qualifications. Demonstrating a good fit makes recruiters read on.
     
  • Don’t trust spell-check. Proof your résumé, have others proof your résumé and, then, proof it again. It only takes one typo to knock you out of the running.
     
  • Network, network, network. Personal contacts are key, and professional associations like PRSA sponsor conferences, seminars and special interest sections, as well as offer student membership discounts.
     
  • Engage on social media. LinkedIn is great, but use Facebook and Twitter, too. Many job boards will tweet a “job of the day,” and Facebook friends are great contacts — just make sure that your profiles are completely professional.
     
  • Find a mentor. A mentor can be your most valuable resource for guidance with résumé writing, interviewing techniques and industry perspective.
     
  • Do your homework. When you have an interview, learn everything that you can about the company and consider preparing a “mock presentation” on how you can help the company.
     
  • Pay attention to timing. Keep on top of all leads. A company may not be hiring when you start your jobsearch; however, that doesn’t mean that it won’t soon. Check back
    frequently, and you’ll be the first to know.
     
  • Read instructions carefully. Companies’ application procedures differ, whether it’s through a job board or on their websites. Make sure that you read and follow each set of directions to the letter. It’s the first screening filter that companies use.

 



Comments

Michael F. Kelly says:

So, when is it time to look for a new job??

March 18, 2014

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