Job-Hunting Tips

03/06/2009 1:00 AM

03/06/2009 1:02 AM

ON YOUR COVER LETTER

DO

  • E-mail applications

  • Stick to one page
  • Use good paper
  • DON'T

    • Repeat information that's in your résumé

  • Use clichés
  • ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ

    DO

    • Let your references know that they may be contacted

    DON'T

    • Compromise information to keep to the one-page rule
    IN YOUR INTERVIEW

    DO

    • Speak clearly

  • Dress professionally
  • Show up on time
  • Bring a folder to carry additional information
  • Cover tattoos, piercings
  • DON'T

    • Use long pauses, or "ummm" and "like"

  • Show up late or too early
  • Wear bright colors or patterns
  • Wear too-tight or sloppy clothes
  • POST-INTERVIEW

    DO

    • Use a thank-you note as an opportunity to expand on interview questions that you didn't respond to completely.

    DON'T

    • Call more than once after the interview to follow up

  • Be overly excited if you're offered the job
  • MORE TIPS
    • Cold-call employers to ask about possible openings.

  • Look up "employment" in the phone book for local agencies.
  • Make sure your voice mail recording is professional.
  • Network in person and on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • OTHER RESOURCES

    County libraries:

    • Check out books on résumés, cover letters, career tests, DVDs about how to dress professionally.

  • Use library books, microfiche and databases to research jobs and potential employers to write an informed cover letter.
  • The Stanislaus County Library in Modesto has résumé templates available on word processing computers.
  • It also has wireless Internet, so job seekers can bring in their own computers and write cover letters while referring to information and books only available at the library.
  • The library also has ReferenceUSA, a database that sorts businesses regionally and by field so job seekers can find companies in certain regions that employ people with their skills.
  • Sources: Alliance WorkNet, Stanislaus County librarian, MJC's career development center

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