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1) Seven Habits of Highly Successful Job Seekers
2) Tips on How To Write a Resume








Seven Habits of Highly Successful Job Seekers

In the job search craze, there are those who land a job right away and those who struggle through the process of finding one for a long time. ‘Luck’ is usually the response one hears from disenfranchised job seekers when they find out that their neighbor down the street was offered a position after only a two-week search. With many job seekers vying for only a few open positions, the truth is that ‘luck’ rarely has anything to do with it.

Realizing that their job search campaign doesn’t have to be a never-ending struggle, successful job seekers approach the process with patience and persistence. If you want to be among the highly successful job seekers follow the seven steps outlined below.

1. Search with purpose
Instead of trying to fit into a mould set by a hiring organization, target companies that match your goals and career values; doing this will allows you to focus your energy into searching for a position that is a natural fit.

After all, you don’t want to find yourself embarking on another search within a year’s time because you made a decision in haste.

2. Always be prepared
Be ready for your day’s activities by 9 am. Opportunities rarely land on your lap and you have to be prepared for the surprises that may come up during the day. You don’t want to be caught sleeping when someone calls to discuss an employment opportunity. 

If you find yourself answering the phone like this: "hello? . . . well . . . um . . . well, like I was kinda sleeping. . . how long is this gonna take? . . . who are you again? . . . like I, um, contacted so many places, cuz, you know, like, I can't like find a job . . ." then it is time to reprioritize your needs.

Waiting until your unemployment insurance is about to end before you begin aggressively looking for a position can be a costly mistake. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you are running low on resources and desperation is about to set in. This is when mistakes are made and your job search may begin to suffer.

3. Develop a job search plan
Organize your job search, map out a strategy, set priorities, and establish goals.  Begin your search with a clear focus and a plan. Participate in a number of activities including answering classified ads, posting your resume on the Internet, and going on informational interviews.

4. Write follow-up letters
Well-written follow up letters can make a difference as to whether you get hired. A follow-up letter is more than a simple note thanking the interviewer for his or her time.  It should be a sophisticated letter that either re-affirms your interest in the position, serves as an opportunity to mention an important point you neglected to bring up, and/or provides an opportunity to offer new insight on a topic that was discussed during the interview.  

5. Avoid toxic job seekers
Job clubs are a great way to generate ideas and for networking purposes. However, some are also a breeding ground for negativity. These support groups can inadvertently affect your job search. Take inventory of the job seekers in attendance. Do they offer words of encouragement? Are they supportive of your efforts, or do they feed into your insecurities?

If after such meetings you feel emotionally drained and start to believe your chances of landing a job are bleak, then it’s time to search for a new support team.

6. Be good to yourself
There are two types of job seekers. One, that has a laid back approach, and the other that always feels "there aren’t enough hours in the day" and compulsively searches for a job without taking a breather.

Following in the footsteps of the latter is the fastest way to reaching burn out and when careless mistakes are often made. Though your job search should be your primary activity, don’t allow it to consume your every waking moment.




Tips on How To Write a Resume

There is one reason for professionals to have a current resume; to be prepared. When opportunity knocks, be ready. To some, a resume is an ongoing journal of their career. Most resumes talk about responsibilities. Cut to the chase and ask yourself what value do/did I bring to my employer. These values are measured in time and money savings, as well as increasing sales and profits. These are your accomplishments. For maximum impact, your resume should be full of them.
Companies and hiring managers often use resumes to disqualify; rather than qualify a candidate. More opportunities are won or lost on the look, read and feel of resumes. You might want to take some of the basics presented here directly to your resume while they are fresh in your mind.

The look is important because it gives the resume the first impression of your approach to the purpose of delivering information. Is it clear, concise, crisp, or does it ramble with random bits of information thrown in without regard to the reader? This often happens when you try to insert new information into an old resume. If it's important to be in there, take a long look at its relationship to other information. Does it deliver the impact, or is it confusing? Type styles, use of white space, the length, the information and its positioning on the page are all important when you create this very personal look at your career to date.

Readability is a key ingredient to an effective resume. The same information read by someone with a technical background will be lost on someone without it. This would also be true in a sales and marketing resume that uses industry jargon without an explanation of what it means. Always remember, there will often be several people involved in a decision to evaluate your background before anyone requests an interview. Most of these people will have different disciplines and knowledge levels of what it is you do or have done, so make sure it reads well to everyone exposed to it.

The feel of a resume is more esoteric.