Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Resources for Find a New Job

If you're trying to find a job in today's market you have to be as savvy as you can.  You have to do more then post your resume on a few job boards, you have to create a "personal brand" to distinguish yourself from the other available candidates.

There are a lot of free tools and resources out there to help you write a resume, research a company, get interview tips, and a great deal more.  Below are links to videos, articles, web sites and other tools that I have found that can help you in your job search.
  • General Tips
    • Network with everyone you know and let them know you're looking.
      • If you don't know anyone to talk to try finding recruiters in your field.
    • Leverage social networking site (Linkedin, and Twitter) tools to help you find a job.
      • Use them to build a personal brand and find jobs
    • Make sure you're resume is perfect.
      • Have several people review it.
      • Make sure your resume contains relevant keywords to help it get found.
      • Post your resume on the job boards (such as: Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Search the job boards for positions, also target specific companies that you want to work for and search their job postings.
    • Research a company before you interview.
      • Use the Google, and the companies web site.
    • Be ready with questions to ask about the company/job that you're applying for.
    • Dress appropriately for the job interview.
    • Avoid wearing any fragrances (like cologne or perfume).
      • Some people may be allergic to them.
    • Be to the interview about 10-15 minutes ahead of time
      • Plan for traffic and know the route.
    • Have a list of references ready.
    • Send out a thank you letter after a personal interview.
  • Articles
  • Videos
  • Web Sites
    • Job Search Engines
      • Monster
        • General job search engine.
      • Indeed
        • General job search engine.
      • Dice
        • Technology professional job search engine
      • Craigslist
        • Some large and small companies do post jobs here
        • USAJobs.gov
          • Government job search engine.
      • Job Social Network Sites
        • Linkedin
          • Professional/business social networking site.  Keep your resume up-to-date on this site and join groups.  Also do what you can find to build your network.
        • Twitter
          • General purpose social networking site. It can be a great resource if leveraged correctly.
      • Job Search Resources
      • Tools
        • JibberJobber.com 
          • This site allows you organizer your job search prospects and contacts.
        • VisualCV 
          • Create professional looking resume that people can view online.  If you don't have you're own web site to help brand yourself, this might be a good solution for you.
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