How Do You Find a Job? 

9 Steps to Get Working!

In today's uncertain times, you might ask, "How do you find a job? How has the job search process changed since I last got a job? And what are the best job search techniques?"

Follow these steps taken from some of the best in the job search industry and find yourself in the career of your dreams.

Step 1: Start with an attitude of what's in it for them.

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Take the focus off what you want. Instead, spin your focus around and shine the light on the company's needs and on the wants of the hiring manager. What's in it for them? Ultimately you'll get what you really want. It's like magic! 

How do you find a job?

You get more by helping others succeed than you do promoting yourself. As Dale Carnegie says, "You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you."

This first step is a simple mind shift more than a tangible thing to do. Doing it right will be reflected in not only your attitude but in your cover letter, your resume, your interview and you’re on the job performance.

People want to hire those that are going to help them. It doesn't matter if your applying for a job in sales--where it might be more obvious by bringing in revenue--or whether you're applying for a summer job bagging groceries. In the last example, a hiring manager will be more impressed with someone that says, "I show up for every shift on time and get along well with others." Than someone who says, "I'm looking to work afternoons only because I have to be home by six in order to pick up my kids."

It's all about looking at things from the other side: making your boss' life easier and not so much about finding a job that works best for you. 

The magic in all of this is by focusing on others what you want comes back to you threefold. 

Step 2: Create a résumé that hits them between the eyes.

Unless you're applying for low-wage work, all jobs require a résumé. How do you find a job without one?!?!

Check out the create a résumé article for details on creating the best résumé for your needs.

A good résumé should provide a reason for the reader to take notice of you in 30-seconds or less.

It should succinctly describe your work experience, skills and education. 

Be different. What's your story? Don't be afraid to be honest. Explain any gaps.

Read Martin Darke's book The 30-Second Impact Résumé for some really good examples of standing out from the crowd.

Step 3: Use a well-written cover letter tailored for each job.

Now that you have an eye-catching résumé take it to the next level with a well-crafted cover letter. You can start with a good template but make it your own.

Sometimes a résumé may be the only thing required. Yet even if the posting doesn't specifically ask for a cover letter including one, specific to the posting, can really help you stand out. 

How do you find a job?

To get past the initial "sift" of the job search databases, be sure the key words from the job posting appear in both your letter and résumé--not a copy and paste of the job description but a well-written letter that logically uses some of the context.

For more on cover letters read this article. It includes more answers to: how do you find a job.

Step 4: Run a job search.

Now that you have a cover letter template and a résumé, you are lot closer to answering: How do you find a job? 

Job search!

Read up on the best job search engines here. Pick one or search them all. 

Each site has its own processes. It's good practice to follow their recommendations. For instance, you may need to upload your resume or create a profile on their site. 

Next, run a search for the job and/or area you want.

Also don't limit yourself to just websites. Remember, people hire not systems! And some place really good jobs in print too.

Step 5: Network via social media, attend job fairs and get noticed.

Despite all the advances in technology...how do you find a job?

You find a job through people! Not a piece of technology, a system or a job search database. Once you pass the system's screening (with your outstanding resume and crisp cover letter), ultimately some one decides who to hire.

Social media tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others have given jobseekers access to hiring managers that only a few years back would have seemed near impossible. 

But don't hide behind your iPhone. Get out! Attend job fairs. Talk to people. 

Being both technical and social without the SmartPhone can go a long way.

Step 6: Go for it! It's time to apply.

Now that you've picked out a few jobs that are a match. It's time to apply for it.

But don't be so quick to hit the send button. Be sure to carefully read the job posting. What are the strengths that you could bring to this job? Make those strengths part of your cover letter. Have you researched the hiring manager and/or the company? What's in it for them?

Once you've applied, write it down. Keep a notebook or an Excel spreadsheet of all the jobs you've applied for. This will be helpful when it's time to follow up.

Some of the things to track...

  • First and Last Name of the person you applied to
  • Company Name
  • Address, City, State
  • Date you sent your resume
  • Which version (if any)of your cover letter did you send?
  • Which version (if any) of your resume di d you send?
  • Date you received an automated reply/thank you
  • Date expected to hear (if applicable)

We'll add to this list as we move forward to the next step.

Step 7: Interview.

Congratulations! You've made the first round: Something in your cover letter and/or 30-second impact resume caught their attention.

Next, it's time to prepare. Learn all you can about the company. Find out who you'll be meeting with, if you can. Research them on LinkedIn and Google them. Doing your homework well will make you stand out.

Also, from your research on the company be prepared with a list of questions to ask them. When it comes around to the end of the interview, when the ask if you have any questions you don't want to shrug your shoulders. 

How do you find a job?

Be not only interesting but interested!

Try and get all the details about what will be happening on the day of the interview. The more you know the less anxious you'll be. After all, how do you find a job when you're worrying about how to get there and who you'll be meeting with? 

Afterward, add you to your checklist the following:

  • Date of Interview
  • Who (First and Last Name  of each person)
  • Location
  • Notes

Jot down your comments about the interview, the job and the individuals you met with. Did anyone share personal details, like talking about their dog or their child? Write it down. These little details can prove helpful when following up.

Step 8: The waiting is the hardest part.

Write a thank you note. A lot of people neglect to do to follow up with a nice note, addressed to each and every person you met. This can be done via email but if you really want to make a slick impression a professional note card with a handwritten thank you can go a long way.

Also, when you left the interview they might have told you when to expect an answer. Don't hound them too son. And don't necessarily expect an answer on that very day. Wait a day before calling or emailing for a status update.

Step 9: You found a job! You’re hired!

Your search has paid off. You've received an offer. Congratulations!  

But don’t be so quick to take the first offer. Employer’s factor in a round or two of negotiations. Don’t be afraid to ask for more.

This is the easiest part of all: Go celebrate!

How do you find a job? Follow the steps outlined above, mix in a little hard work, a lot of smart work, perseverance and a little magic. Best of luck with your job search.

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