1. Cover Letter: What is a cover letter?
Your resume is intended to lay out the facts, but your cover letter is meant to convey more personality. The cover letter is your first introduction to the person who may hire you, and its goal should be to make you as memorable as possible, in a good way.
That means writing a unique cover letter for every job you apply to. No templates. No pre-written nonsense. The format of your cover letter should also match the company and the industry you’re applying to.
There is no “official format” for your cover letter or the information you include in it, but your cover letter should be visually organized, and orderly in its presentation of information.
2. Resume: What is a resume?
A resume (also spelled résumé) is a formal document that serves to show a person’s career background and skills. In most cases, it’s created in order to help a candidate to land a new job. A traditional resume consists of a professional summary, work history, and education sections. It works like your job hunt marketing document.
3: Job Search Journal: Why should we use a journal?
A job search journal is a fantastic way to keep both your productivity and your spirits up. It will give you an indisputable yardstick by which to measure your progress, as well as your setbacks, and will help you gauge how best to spend your time and resources. Just as keeping a daily work journal can keep you on track toward meeting your goals, having a job search journal can help sharpen your resolve if you’re looking for flexible work and healthier work-life fit.
4: What is the most important tool to use in your job search journey?
Follow up. Following up is a simple outreach to. You can call or email the employer asking for the status of your application.
5. Three professional references and three personal references
There is an important distinction between personal and professional references:
- Unlike professional references, a personal reference does not necessarily need to be an individual who you’ve worked with directly in a business setting.
- A personal reference should be someone who knows you well enough to provide good insight into your personality and overall character.
If the terminology in the job listing is unclear and you have already established contact with the employer, it’s acceptable to ask, “Are you looking to speak with an individual who can attest to my character in general or someone who I have worked within a business capacity?”
6. Make sure you have a working email just for your job search
When you are job searching, you’ll use email for a number of reasons. You might send an email asking about job openings, or an email cover letter with a resume attached. You may send networking emails asking contacts for help with your job search. You will likely also send email thank-you messages after interviews.
Set up a job search email account. When you're looking for a job, it's a good idea to set up an email account just for job searching. That way your professional email won't get mixed in with your personal mail.
There are a variety of free web-based email services, like Gmail and Yahoo, that you can use. You'll be able to check your email online from any computer, so using webmail is a good way to stay on top of your job search.