Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
By DeAnn Owens
Top job searching tips
1) Focus the majority of your time on networking.
2) Stay positive: being unemployed or in a job search is one of the leading causes of depression. Don’t let every rejection ruin your day. It only takes one success to change your life.
3) Do not go about a job search alone. Find support in family, friends, university, or job seeking groups.
—Jason Eckert, Director of Career Services, University of Dayton
1) Do not post your resume on every jobsite. Use job boards for information to find out what companies are hiring. Avoid recruiter postings. A good recruiter recruits.
2) Do not send your resume to Human Resources. Determine what department the job is in and who the hiring manager is.
3) LinkedIn.com is a great source of information. Any professional should be a part of it because it gives a lot of credibility. If there is a networking site specific to your industry, get on it.
—Bill Gaffney, Chief Networker/Partner, Amaxa Group Career Consultants
1) Self-knowledge. Know your skills and what you can bring to a company.
2) Do your research. Job shadow. Ask people about their jobs: ‘What do your like about your job? Don’t like? How did you get involved?’ Jobseekers have to follow their own curiosities and interests and network with people who share those curiosities and interests.
—Maxine Skuba, Career Coach & Counselor, M.S., L.P.C, Yellow Springs & Centerville
1) Keep in mind that finding a job can be a full-time job, and it will not happen overnight.
2) Research your companies and tailor your resume to that company’s position. Look at what the position is asking for and make sure those points are highlighted in your resume.
3) Be honest. Don’t inflate your skills, knowledge, or accomplishments. Promote yourself honestly and ethically.
4) Stay positive, stay motivated and work at your job search everyday.
—Matt Massie, Manager of Career Services, Sinclair Community College, Dayton