Before you begin an active job search campaign you must prepare and be
ready to move fast when you start meeting potential employers and
contacts. Having your tools ready will make your search more effective.
Five critical tools you must have include:
Resumes and Cover Letters - that are current, concise, and targeted to a
specific position not a hodge-podge of experience from the past 10 or
20 years. Target 5-10 companies and customize each resume and cover
letter you send out for your biggest bang. Find actual contact names and
addresses for each cover letter and make sure the resume is in line
with each company’s expectations.
Recommendations – Get permission from each referral on your list – every
time you look for a job. Remind them of achievements you would like
shared when they are called for a referral. If you have reference
letters make copies and keep the original at home so it does not get
worn or damaged and can be used as a master copy. And don’t forget the
Thank You letter!
Computer – Job seekers need to be able to be contacted and be able to
contact others during their job search. You must know how to send and
receive emails, open attachments, send attachments, search the web, and
post your resume online. If you do not know how to do some of this – go
to the library, take a class, get a book or ask someone for assistance.
There are just no options here. If you are not comfortable on the
computer start playing around on it. You won’t break it – make it your
Networking Cards/Business Cards – While networking, attending social
groups, associations or just going to the car wash or gas station you
need to be prepared for any opportunity. Instead of using a business
card from your previous employment, invest in a set of networking cards.
Include your contact information such as your name, address, phone, and
email address. You can also include a website address, blog address, or
a LinkedIn profile or VisualCV URL. Some job seekers have even included
a set up Career Highlights on the back of the card that showcase their
A Right Attitude! - The best resume in the world is not going to get you
an awesome job that you deserve if your attitude is in need of a
serious adjustment. Make sure you are grateful and positive, helpful and
aggressive during your search. Don’t let yourself get too down, it will
be noticed and could be a deciding factor – or deal breaker. Stay
motivated by helping others, sharing knowledge and moving forward.
Once you’ve got everything in place, you are ready to aggressively
pursue your ideals jobs with confidence. Use your tools to garner leads,
contacts, new friends and interviews and enjoy the journey!