Know When New Jobs Become AvailableIt is often difficult and time consuming to track new job listings as they become available. One solution is to subscribe to an RSS Feed from the job listing sites you are interested in following.For example: many sites incorporate RSS Feeds to allow people to become aware of brand new postings as soon as they are made available. An RSS Reader like Google Reader or some browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox all have options for users to sign up for an account and manage multiple feeds.
You can view an informative video about RSS here.
For those sites that don't publish RSS Feeds, you can use a tool like Page2Rss, which allows users to subscribe to any Webpage and monitor it for updates through their RSS Aggregator.
You may find help navigating the job search process with Lincoln City Libraries' JobNow, a free interactive resource available daily from 2-11pm, seven days a week.
It may also be a good idea to refresh your contacts with past employers, colleagues, and others in the hunt. One option is to make these connections via a Social Networking site for professionals like LinkedIn. LinkedIn lets users create profiles that highlight their accomplishments, past work experience, post resumes, and link to others in the same field.
Re-examine Your ResumeMany experts and employers remark that they think it is better to have a concise one-page resume. This ensures that employers that read resumes don't become uninterested or overwhelmed with the sheer mass of information they have to digest. If you can't keep it to one page, try to include all the pertinent information on the first page (pretend that if the employer were to lose the rest of the information that your first page could stand on its own).
Use one of hundreds of resume models found in Lincoln City Libraries' collection of resume books. Try differentiating yourself with words that actually explain what your responsibilities were, rather than inserting over-used power words, which often become barriers to eloquent explanation.
For a change, try writing your resume from a new perspective. Focus on what you actually did rather than what your responsibilities were. This can often give an employer a chance to ask follow-up questions at an interview.
Learn Some New TricksExplore options for learning new skills at the library. Lincoln City Libraries offers materials to help you learn computer software, effective searching, computer skills, and more.Try our books and eBooks on various subjects, which can help you gain additional skills to set you apart.
Research What Jobs Pay and Require
If you are thinking of pursuing a new career, you may want to consult our Occupational Outlook Handbook. This book gives job descriptions, career forecasts, and average salaries of hundreds of jobs. This handbook can also be found online at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/ or at one of our locations. Our librarians can also recommend other useful resources for you when researching a job.
Prepare Yourself for InterviewsUse resources that Lincoln City Libraries makes available free of charge to its customers. Try using ReferenceUSA to research a potential company or find points of contact. This database can tell you things like who is in charge of the Human Resources department, number of total employees, links to business profiles, and more. Other research resources that might be helpful are periodical searches. These searches utilize a resource like our Magazine Article Search to pull up recent articles and information about a company. These resources are available at the library or through Lincoln City Libraries' Website.
Another great way to get a leg up, is to research the company's Website. Often a company's Website can give you information on points of emphasis and importance, background information, recent news, and the mission statement.
Prepare by having an actual story about yourself and your accomplishments. Differentiate yourself from others who talk numbers and facts. By presenting a story that highlights a specific success, you personalize the interview for the employer. It has been well documented that storytelling makes connections and proves more memorable than abstract numbers and figures.
You may also want to have a plan for your first few months on the job that you could share with the interviewer. Even if the goals and specifics don't exactly match-up with the company's, you've suddenly become more than another face.
Don't Forget to Say ThanksThis is an important last step after an interview. By reiterating your interest and enthusiasm to your interviewer you have differentiated yourself from others, who have just shown up. Let them know that you'll follow up after a week or so to check in. It also never hurts to send a "thank you for the interview" note.
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