Came across one of those articles that when you see it you are sure it has all the answers. Not really. But let's take a look anyway.
1. Customize your résumé and cover letter.
It might seem faster to blast off generic materials to dozens of employers, but this will cost you time in the long run. Tailor your résumé and cover letter to each open position to clearly demonstrate how your experience fills the employers' requirements. For example, if you're applying for a public relations role, give your PR experience a prime spot on your résumé.
Not bad. With today's technology there is absolutely no reason to send out a run of the mill, generic resume. In the old days you did a resume, took it to the printer and ran off 500 copies. If there was a mistake, you were screwed. Today it takes a minute so take a minute and do it. But beware mistakes. I had a rule to toss a resume if there was a typo. If somebody doesn't take the time to read their resume I don't think I want them to work for me.
2. Diversify your search.
If you've been responding to newspaper ads with no response, also post your résumé online, search some job Web sites, talk to your friends and attend an industry trade show. The more ways you search, the more likely you are to connect with the right employers.
Duh? This is kind of worthless advice. If you aren't doing this already, you don't really want a job. Plus there are more ways to get a job then newspapers and web sites. I had a friend who set a date of a month to get a job. If he didn't have a job by then he was going to put on his fatigues (he was a Vietnam Marine), put on his medals, paint a sign and walk down Michigan Avenue in Chicago at noon. Unfortunately, he got a job. I really wanted to see that.
3. Don't go solo.
Your friends, family and former co-workers each have a network of their own -- and a friend-of-a-friend might hold the perfect lead. Don't be shy: Reach out to your network and let your contacts know you're on the job market.
More questionable advice. See number 2.
4. Find a company where you fit in.
Browse potential employers' Web sites and ask your friends about what it's like to work at their companies. Employers are looking for candidates who would be a good fit and thrive within the company culture.
Companies are made up of individuals and departments. It makes sense to check companies out but you may have a friend with a great boss, you join the company and end up with Captain Bligh. The truth is you will never know till you get in there. Also, don't shy away from companies in trouble. There may be a leader in there turning it around and you could join a company just starting to take off. Of course, it may go in the ground but, hey, it's not going to kill you.
5. Don't get discouraged.
Experts estimate the average job search to last anywhere between three and 10 months -- and that means a lot of rejection. Keep at it: Your dream job is out there.
This is pretty stupid. If you are just starting out, don't take 3-10 months. You'll have a big hole in your resume plus you will be starving. Take what you can get and figure out what you don't want to do. Beware of 'finding' your dream job. Looking for a dream job is an excuse for not getting a job.
This one comes in handy if you are interviewing to be a Boy Scout leader.
6. Always be prepared.
You can never be too prepared for your first meeting with a potential employer. Before your interview, always browse the company's Web site. Find out as much as you can about the company's products, leadership, mission and culture, and prepare answers to common interview questions.
Ok. How about reading the annual report and 10k's as well? The web site will be propaganda. The financials tell the real story. Just google SEC and Edgar and you will get to the web site with the financials and commentary.
7. Be on time.
Whether it's an informational interview, an open house or a formal interview, always arrive about 10 minutes early. Allow plenty of time for traffic and poor weather.
Please stop. Arrive 30 minutes early. Or if you have a flat tire or get robbed and are 30 minutes late, rub dirt all over yourself and run panting into the interview. At least they will remember you.
8. Dress and act the part.
In a business setting, always dress in professional clothing in the best quality you can afford. Take the industry and employer into consideration, but a business suit is almost always appropriate for interviews.
Ok, this one is important. I don't want to hear a bunch of stuff about clothes don't matter. If you go into a store and there are two boxes of, say, crackers and one is a bit smashed you will buy the other. Same with clothes. They probably won't help you but they can kill you. For men, if you are in doubt, go to Jos. A. Bank and throw yourself on the mercy of the staff. Women, go to Liz Claiborne. And don't forget the shoes.
9. Listen more than you talk.
Even if you're nervous at an interview, try not to ramble. By keeping your mouth shut, you can learn valuable information about the company and avoid saying something that you'll wish you hadn't.
Don't know about that one. The best training for interviews is to do a lot of interviews. The more you do, the better you get. If you are sitting there trying to figure out if you are talking too much, I think you will soon be in trouble.
Finally, number 10.
10. Ask good questions.
At the end of an interview, the employer will inevitably ask if you have any questions. Have a list of questions prepared that showcase your company research and interest in the position.
Maybe. But I think you really should think about your closer. Something not quite as radical as "I would kill for this job" but something unique to really show you want it.
So that is it. The ten things to do to get a job. Pretty weak but not totally worthless. The thing to remember is that getting a job is a job. Spend 10-12 hours a day on it, read everything you can, talk to anybody that will talk to you, research, and you will get a job. It may not be perfect but life isn't.