How to look for work

How to look for work
How to look for work

The job hunt can be scary for many, whether you are an unemployed young businesswoman or a student looking for her first real job. However, you can make this research job easier by learning how to make a good CV, knowing how to maintain your network and maintaining a positive attitude. Read this guide to find out how to find what might be your new job!


Part 1 of 4: Prepare your research

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Step 1. Craft your resume

The CV is the best way for an employer to get a good idea of ​​what you could do for their business. You need to make sure that it is calibrated to grab attention, that it doesn't have any mistakes that could cost you the job, and that it is fair.

  • Think about the top three qualities you could bring to an employer and write them down. Think about each employer one by one. Creativity may be a desirable quality for office work, but it is less so when working in welding. The person reading your CV should have a concrete idea of ​​these three qualities. For example, instead of saying that you are creative, give examples of useful and creative solutions that you have been able to provide to solve a problem.
  • Be specific and tell a story. Your resume tells the story you want it to tell about the type of worker you are. For example, if you worked in a restaurant, don't say that you “served tables”, say that you managed up to 5 tables, including the busiest evenings and that you always left a memory. positive to your customers. It shows that you manage your stress well, that you know how to multitask and that you take care of the customer.
  • The most common way to make your CV is to follow chronological order. You list your jobs, from most recent to oldest, so that your employer can see what positions you have held. It's a good way to show off the amount of work you've done, especially if you've worked in industries similar to the position you're applying for.
  • To present your CV in a slightly different way, you can put your most meaningful experiences first. This will give you a detailed section of the positions you have held that are relevant to the job you are looking for. Below you will likely have a section with your other jobs in chronological order. The advantage of this method is that your potential employers will easily see the experience you have.
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Step 2. Prepare for your job interviews

You should never go to a job interview without having prepared beforehand, even if it is for a job that you consider to be thankless, down-to-earth and that you are sure to get. There are certain questions that you will inevitably be asked during a job interview and you must prepare them beforehand.

  • Your employer will probably ask you questions about your experience with companies that have employed you in the past. What he wants to know through these questions is how your past experiences relate to the job you are applying for. He will no doubt ask you what is your greatest professional achievement to date. Use this opportunity to set an example of why you are right for this job. To the question "Why are you the most qualified person for this position?" »You should give one or two examples that set you apart from other candidates.
  • The most important and usually the most terrifying question is, "What is your greatest weakness?" The best way to answer them is to be both honest and strategic. Answer sincerely, but specify how you plan to overcome / improve this weakness. For example: “My biggest weakness is that I tend to want to manage too many things at the same time. I pay attention to the most important projects in my work, but I spare myself time to ensure the quality of the smaller projects”.
  • Practice answering in 2 minutes. This method can be summed up as follows: say a few words, state your idea, embellish it, give a few examples and conclude. For example, if a recruiter asks you about your experience at one of your old companies, say something like, “Company X has allowed me to sharpen my customer service skills. I have had the opportunity to work with many clients to whom I have always provided the best possible service. Once, while answering the phone, I had the opportunity to speak to an 80-year-old German from the first generation of expats. I walked him through the registration process when he barely spoke a word of English. The person he had spoken with just before me had shown little tolerance for his lack of English. We redid the whole process together, very methodically. I even learned a few new German words! "
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Step 3. Do your best to get your future job

While this is part of your job interview preparation, it is one of the most important parts of showing the company that you are a match for them. No matter how much you hand out a bunch of resumes, you'll need to know enough about each of the companies you're applying to. You should seem like you know what you're talking about if you ever get an interview.

  • If possible, try to find out who you are interviewing with. Find out if it's the manager, owner, etc. If possible, learn a bit about them, like their name. Try to find out more about what they are looking for in their candidates (if you know someone who works in the company, for example). This can help you prepare for the interview according to their expectations.
  • Keep up to date with business activity. In this case, even a simple internet search can be useful. If you ask silly questions about the company or if you don't have a clear idea of ​​what it does, you can give the impression that you are ready for anything and that you are not really interested in that particular job.. This can reduce your chances of being hired.
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Step 4. Prepare good questions

Recruiters pay attention to the questions you ask, this is also part of the interview. Ask your recruiter to give you some examples of projects that you might be involved in. Also ask: What are the career plans for the position you are applying for? Why does he like working for this company? What would be the best thing you could bring to the business?

  • You can also ask them if they have any concerns about your profile, your qualifications and if this could prevent you from going to the next step in the process. An excellent question to ask him would be: "What is the corporate culture?" "
  • Avoid asking certain types of questions or talking about anything you might have found on the internet. For example: "What is the activity of the company? Do you investigate the profiles you are recruiting in advance? Does the company monitor internet and email usage? What are your qualifications? "
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Step 5. Dress Correctly

You cannot come to your future workplace dressed as if you had just gotten out of bed. This also applies when you introduce yourself to inquire about job vacancies or come to post your CV.

  • Try to get a feel for the corporate dress code. Obviously, how you dress will depend on the company. We don't dress the same depending on whether we work as a bartender or as a banker.
  • Make sure your clothes are clean. If this is difficult for you (because you can't afford it for whatever reason), there are shelters, nonprofits, coupons at neighborhood laundrettes, or free services for children. people in need.
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Step 6. Be realistic

To look for work for a long time, you will have to show persistence and guts. You should be aware that you can very well be rejected several times for the same job. Finding work takes time and takes effort. Jobs don't come right off the bat and if you sometimes get that feeling, it's because you invested a lot in your previous jobs.

It's highly unlikely that the first job you apply for will be the one you get. Don't let that put you off. Rather, view each interview, each CV distributed as an additional opportunity to make contact and learn from your mistakes. The more interviews you do and the more CVs you write, the better and better prepared you will be

Part 2 of 4: looking for work

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Step 1. Ask around

While many people look for work in the classifieds or on the internet, the best way to find work is by word of mouth, preferably through someone who is already with the company. Let your friends and family know that you are looking for work, and don't forget to mention what type of work you would like to find.

  • Knowing people who are already working in the company you are looking for work in makes your hiring easier, especially if the people who work there are good employees. A personal recommendation can be a huge asset to accompany your resume.
  • University alumni networks are great ways to find work and make contacts. Most universities can put you in touch with former students. They can answer your questions about how to find work in a specific field, write you recommendations, and even offer you work in their company or field.
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Step 2. Look at the local ads

There are usually notice boards (online, on paper, or on a wall) all around you. People post all kinds of job opportunities in these places, including the most unlikely ones. Since you never know what can happen, have the good idea to keep an eye on it.

  • Take a look at the announcements relayed by the municipal library. Libraries and public spaces often relay advertisements for different types of work.
  • Look at job postings in local newspapers. Classifieds offer all kinds of jobs, including the most unusual. Make sure you are familiar with the companies or people offering this job, because anyone can post a classified ad in a newspaper. Check these items out before going too far in the selection process.
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Step 3. Use the Internet

Many people find the internet a good tool for finding work and maintaining their network. Filter out bad sources and if you ever find a job on the internet, do your research before signing anything.

  • Find a website that specializes in your niche. For example, if you are looking to become a journalist, there are specialized websites that publish information on the different types of jobs available in journalism.
  • Websites like LinkedIn are also becoming very good tools for building a network. You can add professionals who have the same interests as you and who bond with professionals in your industry. Sites like Craiglist can be helpful as well, but it's very hard to find that rare gem among all the rest. Again, when looking for work on Craiglist, find out about the company before you go for an interview or get more involved.
  • Clean up your social media presence. Employers are looking more and more frequently at the internet presence of their potential recruits, as unfair as that may seem. Make sure your settings are set to "private" and that no one can identify you as the author of any hot erotic fiction you have posted.
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Step 4. Find an interim, an internship, a part-time job in your chosen field

A part-time job, an interim, an internship or a seasonal job, these are good ways to get a foothold in the company or in the sector of activity that appeals to you.

  • Employers tend to consider applications from people they already know. If you have worked for them under this type of contract before, your application will have a better chance of being considered and will be received more favorably than that of someone whose CV they only know.
  • These contracts (in particular internships) allow you to build a good network. Stay in touch with the people you work with. Make sure they know the type of job you're looking for, so you're the first they think of when they hear about something.
  • Go to local universities. Take a look at the bulletin boards in front of the office that manages corporate relations. Work-study programs, seasonal work, baby-sittings are posted there rather than on the internet or in a newspaper, because employers are looking to recruit a certain type of person.

Part 3 of 4: Maintain your network like a professional

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Step 1. Seize any opportunities you come across to nurture your network

The network is the largest and most important tool you can mobilize to look for work. It opens up opportunities for you and allows you to connect with people you would never have met otherwise. But people tend to hire people they know.

  • Go out and meet new people. To maintain your network, you have to go to events where you can meet people: conferences, events, trade shows, business meetings. Keep an eye on the press and follow the news in your field of activity to stay up to date with opportunities and meet people.
  • It sometimes seems like nurturing your network is cheating or being dishonest, but that's not true. People love to give their opinion and talk about what they're doing. It's natural to want to help those you know. There is nothing wrong with maintaining your network, especially if you are as quick to help others as they are to offer to help.

Step 2. Find places to network

There are plenty of professional events: conventions, meetings, parties, etc. You should be looking to profit from it. However, don't limit yourself to just business events. Most of the most sincere and useful relationships happen in unusual places.

  • Depending on your industry, there are several types of organizations dedicated to different types of jobs. These structures often organize annual meetings and other events, such as conferences or conventions. If you can, take a look at the websites and trade magazines in your branch, you will find regular information about upcoming meetings there.
  • Find people to chat with: at the gym, volunteering, at the coffee shop, on the plane, etc. The great thing about chatting with people outside of work is that you are more likely to develop a personal relationship while talking about work (this is a topic people bring up frequently). Make the person you're talking to feel like the most important person you've ever spoken to.
  • Start the conversation. The one thing to know in order to network is that you need to be able to strike up a conversation on your own.A good way to do this is to introduce yourself quickly and give the other person a compliment. If you can use that compliment to get him talking, even better. For example, if you are sitting next to someone on an airplane, compliment them on the brooch they are wearing and have them tell you the story behind it. People love to tell stories.
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Step 3. Develop a strategy

To network effectively with potentially interesting people, you will need to develop an effective networking strategy. It means you have to find a way to see the world quickly. You also need to know who you want to see and know a few bits of information about these people.

  • Find out who attends professional events and make a priority list of people you would like to meet at the event. Try to find out a bit about them before the event (Without getting weird or harassing them. Just get a rough idea of ​​their work and interests).
  • Work on your elevator hook. Roughly speaking, it is a speech that allows you to say who you are and what you do (and maybe what you would like to do) in the most natural way. It should be concise and easy to remember. "I'm Mary-Ellen Jones and I edit for a promising internet business." Consider that any interactions you may have train you to grow your network. This will help you start the conversation with others.
  • Make sure you always have your business card with you, but don't hand it out. People will think that you are just here to get the most out of it and that in reality, you are not really interested in the social side of business dating (the part where you talk to people).
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Step 4. Have an identifiable style

As with your “elevator hook”, you will need to know how to offer a digest of your personality: short and precise. This way, people will more easily remember you and can better describe you to others, including potential employers.

  • Take these three qualities that you think are the ones that best define your professional experience. Make sure you highlight these qualities by giving specific examples when you talk about them. This is the kind of information that is given in a natural way (examples of difficulties encountered at work that you have overcome, projects that you have carried out in the office, etc.).
  • For example, if your three qualities are: hardworking, creative and punctual, you will give examples where you have implemented these qualities, separately or with each other. It is these qualities that people take away from you and pass on to others.
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Step 5. Use your network as a two-way street

If you only think of your network as a collection of people who can help you, you are not using it well. The network works both ways: it's what someone can do for you and what you can do for them. By offering to help others, you will have a better chance that they will come to your aid later.

  • If you ask questions and listen more than you speak, people will remember you fondly. They will be much more likely to recommend and help you.
  • Ask personal questions of those you meet. Who are they ? What do they do ? What do they like about their job? How did they come to do this work? You don't have to go into too intimate details, but you do need to show interest in what they are doing.
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Step 6. Maintain your network

Once you have formed new relationships, you will need to nurture them. Constantly reassess which ones you need to keep in your network and which ones are not very useful.

Avoid cutting bridges. You never know who may be able to help us in the future. On the other hand, it is by saying bad things about someone or by arguing in public that you gain a bad reputation with others

Part 4 of 4: Follow the Right Job Search Protocol

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Step 1. Pick the right time

It seems that fall is one of the best times to look for a job. There are more companies hiring in the fall, no doubt thanks to the allocation of annual funds that have not yet been spent. But whatever the reason, now is a good time to start distributing your resume.

  • You should obviously pay attention to seasonal jobs which usually start hiring before the holidays (November and December). This is a good way to get a foothold in the business and secure a permanent job eventually, especially if you can prove that you are profitable. Retail stores and restaurants often have seasonal jobs in the winter and summer. In the summer you can also find good outdoor jobs (start looking in late winter / early spring).
  • Different jobs may have different hiring peaks. For example, teachers seem to have peak hiring in March, November, December, and September (the start and end of the school year). On the other hand, May and January seem to present opportunities for people looking to work in the healthcare field.
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Step 2. Make yourself unique

You need to be successful in tagging people who could potentially hire you. To do this, you need to show that you have both the qualities and the experience that make you the ideal candidate for the job.

  • Personalize your cover letters, CVs, and interviews to suit the company looking to hire you. Generic and vague cover letters will serve you well with recruiters. Remember that you are trying to answer the question: why "this" company, why "this" work, and why "you". By formulating specific answers to these questions, you will have gone a long way in getting the company interested in you.
  • Again, use the rule of three. People tend to limit themselves (unintentionally) and remember only three things about who they meet, movies they watch, etc. Stick to three qualities that you will try to highlight. Find ways to make them reappear in your cover letter, your CV, and during your interviews. Give specific examples of these qualities through the documents you use for your job searches.
  • Find out how to connect with the company or its employment interests. Take a tour of the company's facilities and try to get introduced to human resources or volunteer for an event the company is a partner of. By finding a way that allows the recruiter to associate your face with your CV, you will greatly increase your chances of hiring.
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Step 3. During the recruiting phase, be courteous to everyone

This also applies to people at the bottom of the company. You never know, your next opportunity can come from anywhere. Assume that anyone in the company where you interview can give feedback, whether positive or not, to the hiring manager.

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Step 4. Be persistent, but be polite

The people who end up finding work are the ones who never stop looking and persevere over and over again to get the jobs they want. But the line between persistence and harassment is porous. The first character trait will be useful to you, the second will decrease your chances.

  • During the interview, ask: “What are the next steps in the process? "And" when can I get back to you? This will give you a better idea of ​​when to contact the company again if you haven't heard back.
  • When you raise for a job posting, make sure the people you deal with know that you appreciate the precious time they are spending with you. Say something like, “I know you have a lot of work to do and I really appreciate the time you spend helping me. Always remember to thank them for their help.
  • If you don't get a response, the best course of action is to relaunch the business three times. After that, it will be time to admit that you probably didn't get the job. If you know someone in the company, ask them where the hiring process is and the name of the person to contact for a response.
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Step 5. Follow up your acknowledgments

After any interview, consider forwarding a thank you message. Today, a lot of people send email messages, so if you want to stand out, you should consider sending a handwritten note.

  • Make your thank you note as specific as possible. Thank the person who interviewed you, bring up a few things you discussed during the interview and why you think them are important. Finally, re-express your interest in the position.
  • While this is probably a little too much, you can also send a thank you email message as well as a more formal thank you note.
  • A thank you note shows that you are very interested in the position, that you are polite and it will remind the recruiter to your fond memories.


  • Don't be afraid to look in unusual places. You never know when you can find a job. You can even find a niche market that is not being tapped and tap it yourself.
  • Stay positive throughout your job search, even when you encounter setbacks. People will remember your optimism, and you are much more likely to be engaged than having a negative, defeated, or hopeless attitude.

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