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Getting help with your job search

Job Search

As with most things in life, sometimes you can “do it yourself” and sometimes you need professional help. The job search process has become very complex and very competitive, you need to think about what you will need.

The Internet has, in many ways, made the job search process easier but has also made it more competitive.  For those individuals who have been with the same company for more than 5 years, the entire job search process has completely changed.

The point to remember is that this is not about saving money. If you need the help and you can afford the cost, this is one of the most important investments you will make (so choose wisely).

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For many individuals, this may be only the second time that they’ve had to look for a job.  Just like the big home repair job that is just too complicated to do yourself, it may be time to consider help in your job search.
This article covers a few of the resources available to help in your search.  It is not an all-inclusive list, and some of the options may be “pay” services or products.  The point to remember is that this is not about saving money. If you need the help and you can afford the cost, this is one of the most important investments you will make (so choose wisely).

Please also keep in mind that the list shows very different choices which are not directly comparable to each other.

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Resumes

You only get one shot to convince a potential employer that you’re the best candidate for the job, so you need to ensure you’ve got a killer resume.  Here are some resources to help.

  1. 10 Things That Can Recharge Your Resume
  2. How to write a killer resume
  3. How to Write Killer Resumes and Cover Letters
  4. Get Your Killer Resume
  5. Get More Interviews with a Great Resume

“Whatever the reason for your job search and no matter how urgent your need to find a new job may seem, you will save tons of time and aggravation if you first spend a little time planning out your job search approach. A good job search plan will help you land a new job as quickly as possible.” – Planning for Your Job Search

Cover Letters

Cover letter writing may seem like a necessary evil when you are looking for work, but it’s just as important as preparing your resume. Crafting an awesome cover letter will help get your foot in the door and land that job. But what actually makes a good cover letter? How long should a cover letter be? Who should I address it to?  Read on for some links to resources.

  1. How Long Should A Cover Letter Be? Tips for Writing a Great Cover Letter
  2. To Whom It May Concern: 12 Cover Letter Rules You Must Follow
  3. Knock ’em Dead Cover Letters: Cover Letters and Strategies to Get the Job You Want
  4. Cover Letters: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful Cover Letter

Thank You emails or Letters

The thank you note (or email) is your opportunity to let the interviewer know you were listening and to let them know you have the skills and experience they need. It is also a great demonstration that you have social skills and, more importantly, it showcases your ability to write fluently. In essence, it’s the opportunity to showcase a skill set that is important for most jobs. Following are some resources to get you started.

  1. 5 Resources for Job Interview Thank You Letters
  2. 5 Ways to Ensure Your Thank You Letter is Noticed
  3. Thank You for the Interview Letters: How to send interview follow-up letters
  4. Follow Up after the Interview: Beyond ‘Thank You’

Interviews

You know how it is. You put in all this work to get to get “The Interview”. You spent countless hours updating your resume, calling contacts, browsing job search engines and dealing with recruiters. Finally the big day, all of your work leading up to this paid off and you get an interview. Are you ready?

  1. 7 Tips for Successful Telephone Interviews
  2. Strategies to Help You Nail Your Next Interview
  3. Answers to the Top 20 Interview Questions: Conquering the Job Interview Process
  4. Personalized interview coaching
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