Use websites such as www.indeed.com and www.simplyhired.com to leverage your time spent job hunting. These websites will send you a comprehensive list of any positions that meet your search criteria which will save you time from going to websites such as www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com individually.
Answer all interview questions by focusing on your PEP-ie. where you have increased productivity, efficiency & performance in your most recent position.
Before you go out to look for a new job, it is critical to make your own “wish-list” of what your ideal job is so you will know when you have found it. Your “wish-list” should include everything from company culture and location, to the types of personalities you would most prefer to work with.
Always have a minimum of 3-5 references you can provide to an employer including at least 2 supervisor references
In today’s technology driven market it is easier than ever to be prepared for an interview, and key to thorough preparation is research. Prior to your interview, research your potential new employer to assist you in formulating 5 answers to the common interview question, “Why would you like to work at this company (in this position)?” Many job seekers reply with simple answers such as, “Your building is close to my home, so I’d have a better commute,” or “This company seems stable and I really need that right now.” Those answers, while truthful, are not going to impress your interviewer. Remember, in most cases right now, it is you and many other applicants all applying for the same position. Why not go a step further by researching not only the company, but also your interviewer?
Expand your research after you read the company’s website by looking your interviewer up on a site like www.linkedin.com prior to your interview. Many organizations are encouraging their executives and human resources professionals to post their profiles on professional sites like Linkedin, and more people are registering every day. Imagine the advantage you will have over your competitors if you take the time to discover specific information about the person you’ll be meeting with, things like how long they’ve been with the company and any common interests you may have! Use the information you gather from your research to formulate your 5 answers to the question of why you would want to work at that company, and don’t forget to cite specific examples of what you read on the company’s website (don’t forget to read their press releases which are generally on a separate page of the website).
Going the extra mile means you will stand out from your competition and will be remembered after your interview!