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Job Search 101: Essential Tips for New Job Candidates

Searching for your first job after graduation or when making a career change can be challenging. You might be unsure of where to start or what to do next.

Following a guide can help you navigate your job search. Partnering with a local staffing agency that specializes in your chosen industry also can be beneficial.

Implement these essential tips for a successful search as a new job candidate.

Determine the Job You Want

Consider the industry and type of work you desire. Include the salary range, benefits, perks, company culture, geographic location, and other relevant details. Having specific criteria lets you narrow your job search.

Research Companies

Learn all you can about what working for different companies is like. For instance, create a list of targeted employers. Then, visit each employer’s careers page and social media pages to learn about the company’s day-to-day operations.

Look for employee pictures, videos, stories, and testimonials to learn about the culture. Also, uncover job openings that interest you.

Set Up Informational Interviews

Use LinkedIn to connect with employees in relevant jobs at the companies you want to work for. Then, schedule informational interviews to learn more about each job and organization:

  • Ask what the employee likes most and least about working for the company and what the opportunities for advancement are like.
  • Find out how well the employee gets along with their manager.
  • Ask what the referral process is like and whether the employee would refer you.
  • Find out how you can learn about job openings and whether you are a good fit

Tailor Your Resume

Customize your resume for each job you want. Show how your qualifications make you a good fit for the role. Encourage the hiring manager to contact you for an interview.

Include your contact information and relevant knowledge, skills, experience, awards, and quantifiable achievements. Also, use keywords from the job description to help your resume get past an applicant tracking system (ATS) and to the hiring manager.

Search for Jobs

Use company websites and job boards to find jobs that fit your criteria:

  • Set your search parameters.
  • Carefully read the job descriptions.
  • Apply for the jobs you feel most qualified for.
  • Set up job alerts.
  • Maintain a record of the jobs you applied for.

Practice Interviewing

Gather a range of questions you may be asked during an interview. Then, practice giving clear, concise answers.

Include stories and quantifiable achievements to demonstrate how you provided value for an employer and can do the same for your next employer. Show why you are the best candidate and should be offered the job.

Negotiate a Job Offer

Make sure any job offers fit your goals, needs, and interests. Keep in mind that salary and other considerations typically can be negotiated. If not, you may be able to secure a bonus, additional paid time off, or another form of compensation to increase your overall earnings.

Partner with a Staffing Agency

Partner with Job Store Staffing® for guidance and support throughout your career. Visit our job board today to get started.



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