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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

Job Search Tips for the Mature Job Seeker

If you are age 40 or better, you should emphasize the positive aspects of your age and experience, including:

  • Experience, maturity, judgment, perspective, increasing responsibility, consistent success
  • Ability to contribute immediately (as opposed to a younger job seeker's untested potential)
  • Willingness to work on a short-cycle, project-oriented basis
  • Flexibility to adapt to new ideas
  • Training in and familiarity with relevant computer software and other technology you differently than other employees because of your age.

Resume Tips:

  • Compose a Summary of Qualifications for the beginning of the resume
  • Choose the right resume type - use a combination style resume that presents qualifications first and then chronological work history
  • Include recent trainings and technology skills
  • Do not include graduation dates
  • Highlight the most recent employment – only go back 10-15 years
  • If you are seeking a position at a lower level than your previous position, consider de-emphasizing the status of the prior position
  • Leave outdated skills and outdated equipment off
  • Have an electronic version for online applications

Interviewing Tips:

  • Update your image
  • Research company dress code
  • Find out the company location and travel directions before interview date
  • Rehearse possible interview questions and appropriate responses (especially to tough questions)

Additional Job Search Resources:


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.

JobZone Resume-Based Matching

The JobZone Job Search section allows you to do a search by location to find the latest job openings. You can:

  • Search by keyword
  • Resume-based search — use your JobZone resume or uploaded resume to search by your skills using our advanced Skills Matching and Referral Technology (SMART)
    • What is special about Skills Matching and Refferal Technology (SMART)?

      SMART uses artificial intelligence software specifically designed to analyze the whole person. The software analyzes a customer’s resume for skills, work experience, and talents within context. The software, trained by looking at over a million people’s career pathways, compares its data with the selected resume, carefully sorting through hundreds of words and similar themes. At the end, the system asks, “What skills does this person have” and “What career have others with these skills followed?” The system then recommends a number of job matches based on the probability that the individual will follow a similar career path based on work history, experience and skills.

    • Directions for Using Resume-Based Search

      Are you looking to do a resume based job search using SMART?

      Would you like to receive these resume based matches in a Job Scout? The Job Scout sends you automated emails using SMART results. You can also set it up to send you key word results!
  • Save your search criteria for future searches
  • Compare your qualifications with other similar job seekers

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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