Self-Assessment - One of the most difficult parts of the entire job-search process is to know where to start. Job hunting can be a challenge especially when you are not sure of what they want. Career planning is important and starts with self-assessment. Self-assessment involves gathering information about oneself in order to make more informed career decisions. This is a great way to uncover important values, skills, interests, knowledge, and personality traits.
Job-Search Techniques - After career interests have been defined and you have developed a realistic understanding of the job market, it is important to actively begin searching for opportunities and leads. You should respond to job postings and advertisements, but you must also take the initiative to get out and personal identify potential job leads. The sooner you realize and embrace the need to proactively search for a career, the faster you'll be on your way to finding the personal and professional success you want and deserve.
Networking - Networking starts long before a job search and has been cited as the No. 1 way to get a new job. Hiring officials would much rather talk to someone who has been recommended by one of their current employees. Some of the best jobs are not listed anywhere except in the mental catalogues of CEOs and managers. It is important to build alliances with those who might have insight into your job search and access to potential jobs that are not advertised anywhere. "Networking" equates to establishing a vast collection of contacts.
Resume Writing - The resume introduces you to potential employers. During the job search, there is a good chance employers will ask to see your resume either in person or online. Employers typically spend only a few moments looking over each resume. It is important for applicants to create and deliver an effective attention-grabbing resume. Resumes that highlight accomplishments and skills relevant to the position being sought usually get the employer's attention.
Interviewing - There are so many aspects of the job search that use computer automation. One thing remains a constant: Employers still use the interview to determine which job candidate they will hire for a given position. Often it's the person who is considered the "best fit" with the company who gets the job, and the face-to-face interactions during the interview that play an integral role. The interview provides the job seeker an opportunity to show the employer that he or she is both the most qualified person for the position and the best fit for the company.