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Job Search Tips

Implement Your Job Search Campaign

You will need to employ a number of job search techniques in order to be successful. Networking remains the most effective job search technique and also the most time-consuming. As a result, I recommend that you spend 80 percent of your time contacting friends, family, colleagues, the Department of Labor, alumni, and anyone in your email address book that can provide support, job leads and "connections."

You will need to send out several resume and cover letters on a regular and disciplined basis in order to produce the right number of interviews and then offers. When you think about executing your search, develop a time frame that works for you. If you are serious, you will commit a few hours each week to job hunting. Typically, resumes and cover letters sent out today will not generate any interviews for several weeks. Set a pace that works for you by breaking down large tasks into smaller more manageable weekly assignments.

Start reading online career articles and job search books that can be found at your local bookstore or library. By reading at least 10 pages per night, you will continue to learn about what you need to do to land your next job. The more methods you use, the faster you will get results. Focus on networking, but don't ignore the other techniques listed below in order of effectiveness: Job Search Techniques (ranked in order of effectiveness)

  1. Networking
  2. Targeting Employers Directly
  3. Utilizing Career Centers
  4. Careers from the Classifieds
  5. From Temp to Permanent
  6. Volunteer into a Career
  7. Using Professional Associations
  8. Internet Job Searching
  9. Attending Career Fairs
  10. Job Search Clubs and Career Parties

Excerpt from Dr. Thomas J. Denham's Ten Tips for an Effective Job Search


Networking - Networking is the process of contacting people who can either give you information about potential job openings or introduce you to others who have this information. The ultimate goal of networking is to meet the person who has the authority to hire you for the job you want.

Social Networking - Networking is also effective through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Stay up to date with the latest social media news from the New York State Department of Labor through the Labor Buzz.

Skills Matching and Referral Technology (SMART)

SMART Resume Builder, Job Matching, and Insight Tool

Do you want to create a resume by answering some yes or no type questions? Do you want to easily enhance your current resume?

  • SMART can help you create or enhance a resume with very little typing. The statements it uses to build your resume use the language that businesses are asking for, and that other job seekers are using in their resumes. These strong statements lay a strong foundation for your resume and will help you be competitive when applying for jobs.

Do you want to try something other than keyword matching?

  • SMART Job Matching reads your resume and understands the knowledge, skills and abilities you have gained through your experiences. The system asks: "Who are you?" and "Where are you going?" It then recommends potential career opportunities where your skills can apply.

Would you like to find jobs that you may not find with other key word search sites?

  • You may have skills for a job that you have not considered and would not find in a traditional job search. SMART can help you open the door to more opportunities by matching your skills to new kinds of job openings -- jobs that keyword searches won't find.

Would you like to set up an automatic search agent that will send you job lead e-mails as often as daily, with your daily top 10 job leads?

  • SMART looks for new job leads every day, sending you the top 10 job leads per day (or once per week when no strong leads are available). Each e-mail has job leads rated on a five-star scale, and the links for the full job openings. If you are interested in applying for a job, simply follow the job opening’s directions. No employer will see your resume unless you choose to apply for the job, and send it when you apply.

Would you like to find out about real-world employees in the type of position you are looking for? Would you like to explore what jobs they have held previously? SMART’s Insight Tools allow you to:

  • Explore the skills, education, and experience of real workers in jobs such as the one you seek
  • Find out what career paths others have taken before being employed in their current position
  • Single out a specific job opening, and find more jobs like that one

If you are interested in working with all of the SMART features, contact your local New York State Career Center! Or to only generate job leads from your resume and have the leads e-mailed to you within 48 hours, submit your resume to

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Tips for Filling Out Application Forms

Be Careful - If you are careful about following instructions on your application, an employer will probably think that you may be as careful as an employee.

Be Neat - Print or write clearly so that your application can be read easily. Use a reliable black or blue ink pen.

Be Certain - Before you begin to fill in the blanks, read everything on the application carefully. After you complete the form, read it again to ensure no information is missing.

Be Prepared - Fill out a sample application form to bring with you. You can obtain one from your Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions. By having all the information about yourself ready ahead of time, you will be complete and accurate.

Be Alert - If you are not sure about the meaning of abbreviations, etc., ask the person who gave you the form to explain.

Be Complete - Answer every question. If a question does not apply to you write "Does not apply." If you wish to discuss in interview write "Will discuss in interview." Remember, however, you do not have to answer illegal questions on applications or interviews.

Be Correct - Watch your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Be Thorough - Describe all your skills and abilities. Also, list the kinds of computers, machinery, equipment, and tools you are able to use. Indicate any licenses you may have.

Be Accurate - Make certain all information is correct. Check employment dates, telephone numbers, and addresses for accuracy.

Be Prudent - When listing references, be sure to contact them ahead of time. Have enough references so that you can alternate them every other application. Otherwise, they will be receiving constant phone calls about you.

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