For example, Ralph is a staff accountant and should contact the person who would be his supervisor, or one level above his supervisor. Then Ralph should ask this person specific questions about the supervisor's department, upcoming growth or special needs. Ralph should be ready to sell his top skills and benefits (see Blow Away Your Competition workshop) in order to generate a direct interview.
Using this information, Ralph should then tweak his resume and target it to match what he's learned. While this is time consuming, these steps will make Ralph stand out and help him create a resume that makes him look most qualified. See Targeted Resumes workshop for more details.
5) While Ralph is pursuing steps 1 - 4 above, he should also be networking both on-line and in-person by e-mailing association contacts, etc. for leads to accounting positions in the Seattle area. He should also ask friends, relatives, business associates and acquaintances if they know of companies or persons he should speak with. Ralph should then follow up systematically with each lead - paying special attention to step 4 above.
6) The steps listed above encompass the top three job search methods of applying directly to employers, networking and researching want ads using both electronic and traditional methods (in-person or by phone). When Ralph feels he has thoroughly researched and used these methods then he should begin to include other strategies such as creating a home page resume.
This is a simplistic example, but does show that having a focus will maximize your effectiveness.
Career Sites and Resources Are
The sites we have linked to so far is a tiny, tiny miniscule amount of information. If you don't find a category that fits your needs visit our Associations and Extensive Links by Industry section then explore links provided within each agency.
Tip: Printed pages from many sites do not provide an url (internet address). When you find a site you want to revisit be sure to bookmark it. If you've run out of space to bookmark - like we always do - think about printing the page then highlighting and copying the url that appears in the "Address" bar. Paste this into a notepad or Word program. Print this off and staple it with the web page and you'll always be able to find the site.
Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you find a stale link or find a site we should include. Happy job search hunting and good luck!
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