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How to Find The Right Job

Are you looking to transition into a new career? Perhaps you're a new graduate just entering the job market. Or maybe you're unemployed and looking for a job; any job. Whatever the particulars of your situation, the following tips can help you.

Check your resume for mistakes

Before you hand in a resume to a prospective employer, check it carefully at least three times to look for grammar and spelling errors as well as typos. Make sure that you have tailored your resume to meet the needs of the position you are trying to get. If you are going for an accounting position, be sure to emphasize your accounting experience in previous positions. Your resume should be no longer than one and a half pages, preferably one page.

Tackling the interview challenge

A study by a California staffing and consulting firm found that 1,400 CFOs were for the most part in agreement about the top mistakes made by interviewees. Among these were showing up late, knowing little about the company or the position for which they were applying and arrogance during the interview. In an interview, body language is very important - applicants must show confidence (but not be overbearing), maintain eye contact, have a firm handshake and avoid crossing the arms (which looks like a defensive posture). Clothes are also important; it is far better to be overdressed than underdressed for an interview.

Answer questions smartly

If you are nervous, it can make you perform badly in an interview. Some even forget the questions they are asked due to this nervousness. You can stop this from being a problem by being well prepared for the interview. Be sure to research the company and the position you are applying for thoroughly and remember that it's better to admit that you don't know the answer to a question than to give a poor answer. Tell the interviewer that you will get back to them with an answer. Make a point of playing up the skills which the advertisement mentions as being needed for the position.

Getting the necessary referrals

Having a referral from a company employee is perhaps the best way to get an interview. Remember that companies get literally hundreds of resumes when they advertise a position; however, 35-60% of these positions are filled through referrals by employees. If you don't have any contacts inside the company, ask around with the people you know to see if any of them know someone there. An employee referral can greatly improve your chances of being hired.

Online application

An increasing number of companies have begun to ask prospective employees to submit their applications or resumes via the web. This means that you must make a good first impression not in person but with an email. Your email is thus very important and should be treated with the seriousness you would apply to any piece of business writing. When applying online, remember the following:
Complete your sentences and do not use abbreviations.

An email which is very casual may cause a prospective employer to pass you by in favor of an applicant with better email communication skills. Even if you are communicating by email, keep your emails professional.

Get directly to the point

Be straightforward and get to the point. Don't add literary flourishes to get the employer's attention; instead just say exactly what you want.

Landing that dream job can be tough but don't give up. It's better to wait a while and get a job you really want rather than to grab the first job which comes along and end up unhappy. Make the right decision about your career - then act.

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