Steps to structuring your Job Search
Job searching can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Many job seekers, for example, complete applications for a number of companies and then just wait anxiously for someone to call.
To ease the frustrations related to job searching, we suggest becoming more structured with your job search. The more structured your job search, the less frustrated you will be and the less time you will have on your hands.
To structure or restructure your job search:
- Visit a N.C. JobLink Career Center. Professional staff can assist you with the job search process and notify you as job openings occur.
- Prepare a resume that works for you. A resume is a marketing tool which summarizes your education and work experience and informs potential employers of job skills you have developed from previous work experience.
- Keep track of companies you have submitted a resume to or completed an application for with a monthly calendar. Tracking makes it easier to follow up with companies a few days after your initial contact.
- Be certain your answering machine or voice mail has a professional greeting to record messages from hiring officials when you are away from home.
- Understand the local labor market and research companies to determine the types of jobs available. Your local Employment Security Commission can provide you with labor market information.
- Networking is crucial in uncovering the hidden job market by letting people know what type of work you are interested in. It is easier to spot the perfect job when you have more than one set of eyes looking.
- Acknowledgements are important to the job seeker. Give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while. Job searching is a full-time job and you should periodically reward yourself for the work you have accomplished.
- Send a thank-you note or letter to the employer after you have interviewed with the company. This shows your appreciation and gives you an opportunity to reemphasize key points that were previously discussed during your interview.