Your Link To A Better CareerHow To Get A Job

Things You Should Do To
Help You Get a Job

This very first thing you need to do in order to get a job is to actually find a job that meets your needs. You must be able to effectively commute or walk to this job, it should provide a sense of accomplishment and achievement, and of course it must provide enough income to justify your time. After you've identified some jobs that you'd like to apply for then you can start down the path of getting a job.

1. Research the nature of the position or job that you're interested in.

Make sure it encompasses something that you'd like to do, is something that will make you want to come to work every day, and it doesn't include tasks that you don't want to, or aren't willing to do. For example, being a mechanic is probably not a good idea if you don't like to get dirty. If you don't like dealing with numbers, then being an accountant is not good. These are obvious examples, but through research you can find out if the position you're interested in has any down-sides or negatives that would eventually drive you back to looking for another job. Money is a great incentive to work, and sometimes the only reason you select a particular job, but when possible try to find something that you enjoy and that will help you grow in your business career. If you can, find someone that already does the job you're interested in. They will be able to tell you about the "ins and outs" of doing that job on a daily basis.

2. Research the company you're interested in working for.

Search the web, business periodicals, and any source you can find to learn more about the company. This will help you decide if you want to work for this company, and will also help you demonstrate that you've "done your homework" when you get around to interviewing. This is also another good time to talk to anyone you know that might work for the company. Even if they don't do the job you're thinking about, they will be able to tell you high-level information about how the company treats its employees, and what the general working conditions are. If you know someone that works for the company, ask them things like:

  • How does the company treats its employees?
  • What kind of perks or benefits does this company offer?
  • What kind of working environment does this company have?
  • Does the company give regular salary raises?

3. Create, or update your resume.

Your resume should include a history of your work experience, your education, a list of your skills, and a list of any certifications or achievements you have that would pertain to the job you're applying for. Some jobs, such as temporary summer work, or holiday jobs may not require one, but be sure and add these jobs to your work history on your resume. More on developing a resume....

4. Create a cover letter for the job you're applying for.

A cover letter is a letter of introduction attached to, or accompanying another document such as your resume or curriculum vitae. Any time you send your resume via fax or paper copy, you should include a cover letter specifically designed for the job you're applying for. More on cover letters...

5. Clean up your social media "footprint".

According to Snagajob "68% of hiring managers have reviewed an applicant's social media profile and activity - such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Looking at an applicant's social media presence is so common these days that 44% of companies have guidelines for screening job applicants through their social media profiles."  Companies aren't supposed to use details from your personal life to determine whether you're qualified for the job, but it your profiles somehow paint you in a negative light, it may be hard to change that impression.

6. Interviewing.

As we said in step 1, knowing the company will help you answer questions in a way that shows you are truly interested in the position and have done your homework. It shows the interviewer that you care about the company and want to make a well-informed decision, and it gives you the ability to ask informed questions of the interviewer. For the interview, dress professionally and neatly, based on the type job you are interviewing for. If it's a summer job at a restaurant, a nice looking "business casual" outfit should be sufficient, but if you're interviewing for an office position or "professional" job, then be sure to wear a nice looking suit or dress, or "business-like" outfit.

You should also "practice" interviewing. Get someone to help you, or just ask yourself questions in front of a mirror. Practicing will help you become more comfortable with answering questions, and you won't be as nervous during the actual interview.  When you interview, try to establish a rapport with, or "connect" with the interviewer.  Give them your fully undivided attention, and if you can, try to establish some commonalities.  Forming a relationship, and making a good impression on the interviewer will help your chances of being remembered when they are comparing candidates after you're gone.  Also, asking specific, clarifying questions about what they've said to gather more data and show that you're paying attention.  Most importantly, "sell"  yourself.  Help the interviewer to understand why you are the best candidate for this position and why the company will benefit from choosing you over the other candidates.