What Your Job Search IQ Says About Your Chances of Getting a New Job
This is the month you’re going to land your dream job! (Well, that’s the goal, anyway.)
Do you wish you could just pull a Magic 8 Ball out of storage, shake it up, and find out what your chances are? The good news is, we’re here to give you a peek into your future. And the better news is that none of our answers are “Reply hazy. Try again.”
Just how are we going to tell you your future? Well, as you know, how you conduct yourself on the job search is a pretty big predictor of whether or not you’ll move ahead in a hiring process. So go ahead, strut your stuff and give us your best answers. If you score anything less than a 100%, check out our additional resources below (no peeking!).
Want more info on the job search tips we revealed in the quiz? Read on.
1. Reaching Out to Your Network
Yes, you should tell your key contacts you’re looking for a job, but no, you may not want to tell everyone. To start, try sending targeted emails to trusted connections in your desired field. We have the rules for reaching out without upsetting your current boss, suggestions for using contacts to get back to your old field, and templates for emails you can send regardless of your relationship.
2. Trimming Down Your Resume
3. Applying to a Reasonable Number of Jobs
Feeling nervous about choosing quality over quantity? Muse writer Kristen Walker lays out a great strategy in “How to Apply for Fewer Jobs But Land More Interviews.” And if you need more proof that the focused approach works, read this true story.
4. Best (and Worst!) Cover Letter Lines
5. Following Up With a Company
6. Interview Etiquette
7. Asking Interview Questions
8. Sending a Thank You Note
9. Contacting References
10. Replying to an Offer
First, don’t get in your own way and ruin the excitement of the offer. Next, look here for your first steps, here for advice on negotiating your offer, and here if you need to turn it down (gracefully).
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Sara McCord most often writes about making a better professional impression. She also covers topics specifically for working moms who want to excel in their careers. She's been published on Mashable (where she was a regular career contributor), as well as Forbes, Newsweek, TIME, Inc., and Business Insider. A Staff Writer/Editor for The Muse, Sara has experience managing programs; recruiting, interviewing, and referring job applicants; building strategic partnerships; advising executive directors; and supporting a national network of volunteers. Catch up with Sara on her blog Grab A Latte or on Twitter @sarajmccord.More from this Author