You have successfully completed your education and you are now looking for employment. Launching your career in this new millennium is possible without even leaving your home; all you need is the Internet and the ability to research vacancies.
The Internet is a great career research tool, and, in fact, there is so much information available that it can often be daunting to figure out what to focus on. But if you research a few key things it can be of great help in creating your resume, preparing for your interview and applying for jobs!
Creating Your Resume
A resume is the most important piece of the job-hunting process. It is the first thing prospective employers will see and it is what will get you your foot in the door. You have about twenty seconds to impress the reader, so make sure your resume is clear, concise, and tailored for the industry you are looking at; get the first few lines totally in line with the job you are applying for.
Use plenty of action words that will appeal to the reader and learn the key words relevant to your industry so that your resume will show up in employer searches of job sites. Research things like white space, the benefits and disadvantages of chronological over functional, and decide on the proper format.
Consider hiring a professional. There are many ways you can benefit by hiring a company that offers resume writing services. Their experience and expertise will ensure that your resume will get you that first interview!
Applying For Jobs
The Internet is a great tool for applying for jobs. You can go directly to most companies’ websites and apply directly by uploading your resume. You can also send your resume to recruitment companies or temp agencies that will aid you in your job search. The Social Networking site LinkedIn can also be an asset so make sure you create a profile, update it frequently, and increase your number of contacts. You never know who among your contacts may land you your first job!
The First Interview
Use the Internet to learn about the company that is potentially going to hire you. Research what they do, any positive news they have received lately, and be prepared with questions to ask your interviewer.
Top agencies such as TheResumeClinic.com advise that you know how to answer the question “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Most prospective employers will ask it and there is plenty of information about the proper way to reply to this and other difficult questions online.
Arrive at your interview early, and dress in a neat and tidy manner that is appropriate for the job you are applying for. You never know who the people you meet are; one might be your next prospective employer, so be polite to random strangers.