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"You're so lucky to have such a great job!" "Some people get all the luck!" "You always have such great luck finding work!"
If you've said any of the above recently, chances are you could use a better job. But what, exactly, separates those of us who have "all the luck" in finding a great job, from those of us who never have any luck?
One word: preparation. They say that nine-tenths of luck is being ready for an opportunity when it strikes. When it comes to finding a great new job, luck boils down to having the right resume ready to fire off the second the right job comes along, and knowing where to send it.
Here are 3 easy tips to help you do this:
1. Have More Than One Resume
Most people have just one version of their resume, which they change with every job they apply to to make the details fit better.
The disadvantages of this are that:
a) Changing your resume costs you valuable time - in the 10 minutes it takes you redo part of your resume, the job you're applying for could receive a dozen new applications.
b) Typos! Every time you re-write your resume, you're running the risk of making mistakes that could cost you the job. Spell-check may not necessarily pick up on the fact that you forgot to change the company name you're applying to in both paragraphs four and six.
Moral of the story? If you are typically applying to three different types of job, each with a different job title, have a resume template for each job title ready to rock before you start applying for jobs. It will make your applications go so much easier.
Label each resume in the file-name with the correct job title for extra points.
2. Use Job Alerts to Alert You When a Great Job Becomes Available Locally.
Most job websites (including our own Job Search on CareerBliss.com) have an option to allow you to set up Job Alerts. You fill in your desired job title and location, and you'll get an email as soon as a job pops up on that site that matches your requirements. Most job search sites will shoot out a daily or weekly compilation email list of all the job titles/ positions you're looking at.
Set up one Job Alert for each job title you would consider, on as many sites as possible for maximum effectiveness.
To set up a Job Alert on CareerBliss, first create a free account here: https://www.careerbliss.com/. Then go to Account (top right of the screen) and click Job Alerts (left side of the screen). You can set Job Alerts up to get daily, weekly or monthly alerts, depending on how urgent (or not) your job search is.
You can also choose which email address these alerts are sent to, and choose to pause them or reduce the frequency if you find you're getting too many.
3. Take Some Time Out to Work out Exactly What you Want
You already know what you want, right? A job. Any job. You've got bills coming in, and you're willing to do just about anything to get them paid.
The problem with this attitude is, that while the above may be true, it's a big turn-off to potential employers, who want to feel that you chose them specifically because your skills are a great fit, not that you're blindly grabbing the first job that comes along and then trying to shoehorn your skills into that job position.
You're also doing yourself a disservice. Sure, if you're a Software Engineer I'm sure that working in a tiny web-design company beside the train-tracks on the other side of town would pay the bills - but is it really what you want to be doing? Why not take a crack at working for a fun gaming company, or even reach out to one of the big IT/ software giants like Intel or Microsoft?
Force yourself to block out one hour out of your day. Then, sit down with a pen and paper and make a list of all the companies you'd love to work at.
Next, hop online and go directly to those company's websites, rather than waiting for your dream job to pop up on a job search site (hint: the best jobs are never advertised externally, because they're so easy to fill). Go to that company's Jobs or HR page and see what jobs are available.
If your desired company doesn't have a jobs page or has no jobs available, it can't hurt to head over to the Contact page and shoot their info person a polite email asking about jobs. Never send your resume directly unless someone asks for it. Good luck!
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