ENGLISH JOB SEARCH


If you are currently unemployed, this is a perfect article for you. Before you begin your job search start making a deep evaluation about yourself, your aims, strengths and weaknesses, because this will help you to choose a job that meets all your needs. It is recommended you look for a job before you finish your studies and so you will be more prepared for the real world. Internship programs, part-time or full-time positions and even state jobs are waiting for you.

A Job search is an arduous task, and so it is better to plan a whole map of your search, and you can start by knowing a little more about the organization you are applying for. Let us help you at this point and to make this process an easy going one.

Let's start by explaining the definition of "internship", this kind of program can be found at corporations, organizations or INGOs (International non governmental organization). You can take it while you are studying or in your time off. Usually internships are well paid but in some cases they are unpaid but don't worry because in all cases you will have your desirable academic credit.

The best thing about it is that people gain business experience through it, develop self-confidence, professionalism, knowledge and skills, practice what they have learnt in the classroom, make professional networks which can assist them in their professional lives.

Another kind of program that you can apply for is the Federal Work-Study; this program supports students with their future expenses for post-secondary education. Students can choose thousands of work-study positions into educational facilities such as a campus department or INGOs. Students work and study at the same time, therefore, they mature more quickly than other students and are prepared for this changing world.

Part-time positions are the most popular among students, because they make extra money in their free time working no more than 30 hours per week while taking courses. This program is a great experience and enriches your management and communication skills consequently it adds value to your sample resumes.

NETWORKS

A network, as we already know, is a web of connections that gives many benefits:
  • To be in Contact with a professional network, means that its member can give you a piece of advice when you need and help you to do a make good decisions.
  • Maybe you aren't aware of this, but there are 85-90% of job offers in the market. The only way to get these positions is through job networks such as friends or relatives; sometimes they can recommend you for an interview.

Writing an outstanding cover letter and resume

Cover letter

This document is very important when you apply for a job position because it briefly talks about you and shows your interest. Don't make a copy of your resume, just include the main details. A cover letter is your marketing tool to get an interview many times. Here some tips in order to build a good cover letter:
  • Address your letter to the person in charge of the Human Resources department or hiring.
  • Write a clean and clear paper free of mistakes.
  • Action verbs make your cover letter warmer and more enthusiastic.
  • Point out what you can contribute to the organization with.

Resume

Organizations always look for a specific profile so investigate how you fit their requirements, write a successful resume and don't forget to address your resume to concrete positions.
  • Main information must be at the top of the document.
  • A resume is a presentation card that will probably be checked by a human resources manager or some executives, therefore it must be three-page long as a maximum.
  • Tailor your resume templates according to the job requirements.
  • Include specific information, documents such as diplomas could be presented later if it is required.
  • Qualifications, skills, experience, knowledge are keywords that must be part of your resume as well as part of your cover letter.
  • An enthusiastic resume is a good sign to a recruiter. Try to use action verbs with your qualifications in order to emphasize them.
  • It is important to have your reference information close at hand.
  • Remember to enclose your cover letter before you send it.

Having a successful interview

The key for a successful interview is preparation. A manager, an executive or your future boss may be the ones to interview you. In this section we are going to give you some tips so keep them in mind.
  • Do you already know which kind of interview you are going to go through? Investigate if you can.
  • Practice a play role of your interview with a professional counselor, a friend of yours, or a relative. A video camera is a good option because you can record yourself and see your own mistakes.
  • There are always some typical interview questions which are frequently asked by employers.
  • As mentioned, it is important to make a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats).
  • Modulate the pitch of your voice, by making some exercises at home.
  • Dress up formal, use conservative clothes and colors and try not to use too much jewelry nor make up. Look professional.
  • It's a must you investigate the organization's activities and background.
  • Never arrive late for an interview, be punctual.
  • Just in case, take copies of your resume and references with you.
  • Make sure that the interview results productive for both of you. Think carefully about it before accepting the job position. Check the organization status and promotion possibilities.
  • Be grateful to your interviewer when the interview ends.
  • Ask for a professional advice if you are struggling with this.
  • Update your resume and tailor it for each position you apply for.



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