5 Tips for Job Hunting

Are you looking to advance your career? Job hunting can be a trying experience, causing many people to joke that finding a job is one in itself. The reality is that searching for a new job is a different experience than it was 10 years ago. This is due to an increasing number of job opportunities being presented over the Internet and social media, new methods of testing worker competency, and an expanding array of networking forums. Here are five tips to aid you in your job hunt:

1. Be prepared: Extensively research a company before going in for an interview. With an increasingly large pool of job seekers, companies want to see that you've invested time in readying yourself for the job. If a company has invited you to interview, odds are it's not merely informational, and they'll be prepared to test the full range of your abilities.

2. Quality over quantity: Modern job boards make it easy to send out dozens of resumes everyday. However, each company probably has specific format requests and is likely seeking job-specific additional materials. Cater your cover letter and resume for each job and also have a portfolio and references ready that demonstrate your qualifications. 

3. Look in unconventional places: Job boards shouldn't be the only place you seek out available positions. Social media is becoming a popular platform for announcing job openings and interacting with applicants. One of the benefits of social media is the ability to post links to published works, giving hiring managers the ability to see a broad spectrum of your skills. Professionally utilizing social media also exemplifies the ability to work effectively in a number of online environments. 

4. Have additional materials ready: Writing samples, portfolios, references and links to profile pages are becoming a common part of the application process. Having this material edited and looking its best will help ensure you make a good first impression.

5. Follow up: Thank you notes have become essential. Express gratitude for any interview or meeting within 24 hours. This can be done conveniently over email. A handwritten note goes a long way, but make sure it is delivered in a timely manner. Highlight key points to the meeting and talk about what you enjoyed. 

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online bachelor degree programs in business and online MBA programs. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_business

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