Confidence Building – Your Job Search (Day 2)

If you joined me last week you will remember that I’m completing a series on Confidence Building in one of the most competitive markets.

The job search!

Last week we started out slowly, discussing five questions to start off the search and get an idea of where you want to begin, what you can expect, and what information you should have.

I encouraged you to meet with an Employment Coordinator in your community who can help you to gain useful skills, attend free workshops, and update your resume.

Now that the ground work has been set we need to start our search!

This is where a lot of people get confused.

Where should you send your resume? How should you apply? Should you be aggressive or passive when handing out applications?

Dropping of your resume

Dropping off Your Resume:

1 Create a list of businesses in your community, in your field of choice (that you narrowed down last week), note phone numbers, addresses, and manager’s names if possible.

2. Get ready to job search all day. This is your new full time job.

3. Dress for the part; clean clothing, pants pulled up, NO SMOKING before entering a building, parking where it’s permitted

4. Approach the front desk and ask if you can speak to the manager (you should have their name), if they’re busy then introduce yourself to the receptionist and shake hands. If they are not hiring do not walk away, ask for a contact number and name so that you can follow up.

5. Do not rely on one avenue of job-hunting (ie: online). Get out and go to businesses, stores, and offices. Even if they only accept resumes via email you can then follow up with, “hi Bill, this is Leighann and I spoke with you today about the position of admin support…”

 6. Create multiple versions of your resume that reflect the jobs you are applying to, including web based formats and traditional formats.

 7. Keep track of where you have applied, who you have spoken to, and ensure your personal information; such as phone number and addresses are up to date.

Many people have no trouble getting their foot in the door, it’s once the employer begins to consider them for employment or an interview that they become uncomfortable and back out of an employment opportunity.

Personal Disclosures:

1. Mental Illness – A mental illness diagnosis is private and you are not required to tell your employer; however, should you require time off for doctors appointments or a leave of absence due to your illness you might want your employer to be aware of your situation.

 2. Physical Ailments –  Being sick once in awhile is normal but if you find you are unable to do your job on a daily basis to the degree  you were hired to do it because you are in pain or have a physical disability you could require Accommodation. This will require a disclosure to your employer.

 3. Criminal Record – Depending on the job you apply for you might be asked about your criminal history. It is up to you to disclose, however; should your employer choose to ask for a background check and discover that you were not honest it will be within their right to end your employment. In this case honesty is often the best policy.

Do you have any tips or tricks to add to dropping off a resume?

What do you think is the best way to get your “foot in the door?”

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One Response to Confidence Building – Your Job Search (Day 2)
  1. Kimberly
    March 23, 2013 | 8:24 am

    I was very lucky in that nursing was in such high demand, head hunters came to the college to ask us if we wanted to work for them….that’s in the US though.
    Everything about dropping off a resume…and making one gives me the sweats.
    I can’t access your first post. It keeps bringing up mumbo jumbo…

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