Learn a new skill

Learn a new skill.

Whether you love or hate your job, why not prepare yourself to take on a future career path that you are interested in? Develop a new skill and invest your energy in fostering it. If it’s also something that could help in your current role, ask your employer to send you to a seminar or pay for an online course. At the very least, you can start to prepare for your next job down the road while learning something that is of interest to you.

Advanced Search Options

You can save time job searching by using advanced search options on job boards. All the major job boards (like Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, CareerBuilder, Monster, and Dice) have an “Advanced Search” option where you can search by keyword, location, a radius of a location, job title, company, type of job, date posted and other options.

Here’s a list of the top 10 best job sites, and tips for using Advanced Job Search options.

Thinking of skipping on a Thank you note after an interview, don’t

You may have heard you should send a thank you note after an interview and are wondering if it’s something you really have to do. While some employers aren’t bothered by job candidates who don’t send a written thank you, many are. Why would you risk offending the person who may be responsible for your future? Thank you notes are a necessary part of the job search. Some job searchers worry it will make them look like they are kissing up to the interviewer or begging for the job. There aren’t many employers who will take it that way.

Just don’t send anything other than the note, for instance, flowers or candy.

 

Develop One New Skill

Select One Skill to Develop

You cannot realistically acquire all of the skills and experiences required while searching for a new job. However, select one specific skill you are lacking, and make an effort to develop that skill.

For example, if you lack knowledge in a particular computer program, but it is a requirement for your dream job, sign up for a free or inexpensive online course that will help you develop that skill.

If you cannot find an online course that fits your needs, look to your local public library, adult education program, or community college to see if any of these institutions offers free or inexpensive courses on such topics.

The new skill will allow you to sharpen your resume while also allowing you to shine in an interview.

Are you Prepared to dominate your job search?

Be Prepared. Have a voice mail system in place and sign-up for a professional sounding email address. Consider getting a separate email account to use for your job search, so you can stay organized. Put your cell phone number on your resume so you can follow up in a timely manner.

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Job Interview Tips

You’re almost there. Your resume landed you an interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. So what’s the best way to prepare?

To find the answer, I looked back on my interviews, sifted through research, and most importantly, asked employees from today’s most coveted companies. I tried to find deep insights beyond the typical “sit up straight!” and “dress to impress!” tips we hear too much.

Read More on Forbes

Resume and LinkedIn

Does your resume match your LinkedIn? While your resume may very well be a ‘condensed’ version of your LinkedIn (so that it fits on one or two pages), for positions that do show up in both places, be sure that details such as a job title, dates of employment, and key responsibilities are consistent across both platforms.

Use your LinkedIn profile as a resume: It’s easy to save your profile as a PDF file. Once you’ve saved it, you can print out a copy to review.

  • Click the …More icon in the top section of your profile, to the right of the photo and to the left of the Edit icon.
  • Select Save to PDF from the drop-down menu, and your profile will be saved to your computer. You can open it, then print.

Interview Tips for Seattle Candidates

Develop a Connection with the Interviewer

In addition to indicating what you know about the company, you should also try to develop a connection to your interviewer.

Know the interviewer’s name, and use it during the job interview. (If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. And, listen very carefully during introductions. If you’re prone to forgetting names, jot it down somewhere discreet, like in small letters at the bottom of your notepad.)

 Ultimately, building rapport and making a personal connection with your interviewer can up your chances of getting hired. People tend to hire candidates they like, and who seem to be a good fit for the company culture.

What do you really want to do?

What would you do with your time if money wasn’t a factor? Whose career are you completely jealous of? Figure out what your passion is and what it is that you’re really good at—your core values are key. And don’t just think about it…actively go out and seek the answers. Far too often I find people marinating versus engaging in some sort of action… Go to networking events and ask people to explain their jobs to you. Peruse LinkedIn and find people whose careers you admire. So often, we get so caught up at jobs we stay at just to pay the bills, or because we feel certain pressures to follow a certain path, that we lose sight of what we really want to do and what we’re really good at.

Let us at Career Paths guide you in finding the job that is right for you.

Seattle Job Search Tips

Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo

Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).

Tip

If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.