job seekers: job search tips

Here are some helpful tips on everything from cover letters to interviews.

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overall tips

  • Make it your job to get the right job. Plan and organize your search carefully. Work daily on finding your new job.
  • Know your career goals. Understanding your talents, experience, skills and what you like to do will help you clarify your goals.
  • Apply for jobs in the industries where you have experience. Don’t apply where you have no skills or interest.
  • Stay positive and enthusiastic throughout the entire job search process. You never want to come across as discouraged or desperate.
  • Prepare a professional resume and a cover letter. Tips for preparing them are on our website.
  • Have your references ready. Your list of references should be in the same text size and font as your resume. Make sure anyone you list as a reference knows that someone may be calling them.
  • Select a staffing company like Perfecto, where the employer pays the fee. The staffing company works for both you and the employer, so it’s a win-win result. Complete the Perfecto application on this website, and a staffing specialist will get right back to you.
  • It’s best to find a new job when you are already employed. This gives you more time to consider all the available opportunities and reduce the need to make a hasty decision.
  • If you are suddenly unemployed, it’s best to get back to work right away, even on a temporary basis. This reduces the time gaps on your resume and provides you with an opportunity to learn about companies from the “inside.” Contact one of Perfecto’s staffing specialists for assistance, or complete the application on our website.
  • During a telephone interview, be attentive. Keep background noise to a minimum, have your resume available, recall to whom you sent letters and get the name(s) and title of the person(s) interviewing you.
  • Be flexible with your time. You need to be available when the interviewer is able to meet with you. You want to appear interested--not difficult!
  • When discussing salary with a prospective employer, be realistic about the amount, and don’t discuss salary at the first interview. Up to a 10% increase over your current/previous employer is an appropriate amount providing you have the appropriate experience.
  • Research the company you are interviewing with. Be aware of their successes and how you would enhance their business when they hire you.
  • Always be friendly and courteous to everyone. You want to be perceived in a positive light.
  • Dress in a professional and businesslike manner. Personal grooming is very important: hairstyle and make-up should be conservative level. Don’t be overpowering with cologne or perfume, polish your shoes and dress the part.
  • When asked to fill out an application, provide all the requested information, even if it is on your resume, and don’t leave anything blank. The application should match your resume and be completed accurately. Use black ink and make sure it is very neat. If hired, it will become part of your employment history.
  • For interviewing information, see the Interviewing Tips on our website.
  • If you have a portfolio of your work, bring it to the interview but present it only if asked. Make sure you do not have any confidential information from your previous employer, as this would reflect poorly on you.
  • Send a thank-you note to the interviewer(s) and express your interest in the position and the company. Let them know you look forward to hearing from them. If you are working with our Perfecto recruiter, always review with him/her before mailing it.
  • Make sure you know what you are being offered. Accepting a position is a verbal contract, so be sure it’s what you want. Know the salary, benefits, pension plan, stock options, job description and the reporting structure before you accept. This would be the time to negotiate for changes. If you are working with our Perfecto recruiter, he/she will negotiate for you.
  • Get the OFFER IN WRITING before you give notice of your resignation to your current employer.
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