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Landing a full-time job is the key to financial independence and stability. The sooner you start hunting, the sooner you'll find your career path and head toward a solid financial future.



Preparing for your job search
Dollar Sensei Tips Whether the job market is hot or not, keep in mind the three Ps of job searching: persistence, patience and preparation.

  • Make a list of employers for whom you'd like to work.
  • Search the internet and talk to friends about companies similar to those on your list; add them to your list.
  • Use the internet or call the companies directly to find out the name of the person to whom you should send your job inquiry.
  • Create your resume, have a friend read it, and make sure it shows you in the best light.
  • Practice a one or two-sentence summary of the kind of work you're looking for so you can repeat it to anyone who asks, any time.
  • If you have time, consider an internship in your field until you find a job. The more experience you can add to your resume, the better.
  • Research organizations in your field and find out if you can volunteer for them. It's a great way to make connections in the field, and you can demonstrate your dedication.

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Job search tips

  • Send resumes and cover letters to every company on your list.
  • Follow up with phone calls.
  • Consider going to their offices, if they're local, to apply in person. Putting a face to yur resume can give you a competitive egde.
  • Search the internet.
  • Use LinkedIn as a professional networking venue.
  • Talk to everyone you know to make sure they know you're looking for a job, and what kind of job you're hoping to find.
  • Contact former professors and anyone from your college who might be able to give you a job lead or put in a good word for you.
  • Call a respected local professional in your field and ask for a meeting (not a job) to solicit their advice about finding work. They'll have valuable insight, and you'll have made a new contact.
  • Attend job fairs.
  • Attend trade shows and conferences specific to your field. It will connect you with new people who are already employed in your field and who might be able to help you get hired.

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Job interview tips

   Before

  • Know all you can about the company before your interview so you can have intelligent dialogue with the interviewers.
  • Practice interviewing--it works! Get a friend or relative to do a few mock interviews to help build your confidence for the real thing.
  • Remind yourself of your personal career goals and why you want the job. Chances are, you'll be asked about both.

   During

  • Give examples or tell stories that illustrate your experience.
  • If you haven't done something or don't have a certain skill, be honest about it. Interviewers appreciate it.
  • Be on time or early.
  • Turn off your cell phone.
  • Be professional at all times.
  • Try to relax and be yourself.

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