Tuesday, November 13, 2007

10 Unusual but Effective Job Search Tips

Kris Plantrich, one of the bloggers at Sales Careers Online Sales Blog published a post that highlighted 10 not-so-common ideas for job searches. Here's a abbreviated version, read the full detailed post here.

1. A good percentage of companies work their budget in the Fall. It's a great time for a change, whether it be to ask for a raise or to switch companies.

2. Make sure your credit is in check. Some companies use a credit check to determine personal responsibility, especially in occupations dealing directly with money.

3. Follow up with a thank-you letter. It helps the recruiter remember you and they really appreciate it because very few job seekers actually do this.

4. Get a mentor to help with your networking and learn more about your industry.

5. Work hard on Tuesdays. It's the most productive day of the week so make sure you take advantage of its’ natural productiveness in the work week.

6. Did you know that 40% of job cuts announced are in the fall? This may be a great time to have your resume updated and ready – just in case.

7. Increase your negotiating power by researching your salary.

8. Use a business card to network. Business cards work especially well when you have your resume posted online and can include the website on your card. There are a few inexpensive options out there, just do some online research.

9. Be polite and friendly to the assistants and secretaries. Their impression of you might just get you the job or get you passed by.

10. Did you know 65 to 70% of jobs are gained through personal referrals or networking connections? So get networking!

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