Job Finding Tips for Today's Market
What a difference a year makes. About this
time 12 months ago, finding a job was not
a big concern for most physicians. Those entering
the job market had a variety of options to
choose from, while those with a job were more
concerned about upgrading their positions
than with being downsized.
that has changed. The art of finding a job
suddenly has taken on more importance for
new entrants, laid off workers, and those
who are employed but nervous. Here are a few
tips for those seeking work in today's more
trying economic times.
Strong. You are going to run into rejection
in your job search today. Just keep in mind
that there are people out there who, in appearance
at least, were millionaires last year and
now are in the same boat you are. In fact,
some of the brightest and most dynamic people
in the country are seeking work, so you are
in good company. The key: don't let up. You
may have to modify your approach, but don't
modify your effort.
Proactive. It's been a good ten years since
job candidates truly had to "beat the
bushes" to find employment. Many young
job seekers today believe looking for employment
is a matter of scanning the want ads in the
paper or combing over employment sites on
the web. While these sources are important,
job aspirants today need to do more. They
need to target companies in their field and
court these companies directly, whether or
not they are actively advertising for new
people. Develop a list of potential employers
and identify the key hiring manager at each
one (reference books) such as the Job Source
series of employment guides. Send hiring managers
your resume with a cover letter explaining
why you want to work for that company. Follow-up
with a phone call.
Informed. Knowledge is power, and the more
you know about perspective employers the better
your chances are of being hired. Research
companies you are approaching on the Internet
to learn more about their products, services,
goals, and culture. Reference things you have
learned about a company in your cover letter
to the human resources director. That way
you avoid a "cookie cutter" approach,
you distinguish yourself from other applicants,
and you show the kind of initiative most employers
Presentable. With the advent of "casual
day" and the informal look adopted by
many high tech companies, "dressing for
success" may seem outdated. It's not.
Regardless of an applicant's experience or
accomplishments, employers still make a lot
of their hiring decisions based on a candidate's
appearance. Investing in a tailored suit,
or high-end "business casual" clothes,
is well worth the money. In addition, it makes
sense to have your "interviewing outfit"
evaluated by someone whose opinion you trust.
So much depends on first impressions that
they should not be left to chance.
Smart. Being smart in an interview is not
so much a matter of telling the person interviewing
you how much you know - it's more about a
matter of listening to what they know. When
it is your turn to speak, ask questions, but
don't focus merely on the details of the job
such as how much it pays, the hours, etc.
Ask "big picture" questions about
the goals of the company, its business philosophy
and how your perspective position fits into
the overall context. Also, be smart by following
up with a letter to let the employer know
you both understood what was said to you and
that you are eager to get to work.
the economy obviously has an impact on a job
search, it is the drive and determination
of the individual job seeker that ultimately
directs his or her success. That will never
change even though economic times will.