If you're currently or have recently been on the job hunt, you'll know this to be true: It's a jungle out there! Whether you're looking for that first job or seeking a career change altogether, you'll want to get the basics down pat and go the extra mile so you can shine like the superstar you are. With the right information at your fingertips, you'll be well on your way to landing that interview, which is more than half the battle.
Read on for our best advice on getting through the door and landing the job. You’ve got this!
- Find your mojo. During a job hunt, it can't be overstated how important it is to be confident in your abilities. But easier said than done, right? We totally get it. This list of six straightforward ways to kick your confidence up a notch—and thus your career, too—is a must-read. It's a stellar pre-interview reference.
- Pick your home wisely. If you're considering a move in addition to a job or career change, it can't hurt to check to see where the cities you're considering rank in terms of job market and quality of life. This list of the top 25 cities in the country for job opportunities, cost of living, and overall satisfaction is good to keep in mind.
- Listen to the experts. Not all of us are lucky enough to have mentors in high places to go to for career advice. Thankfully, some of the most successful people in the world are also the most generous with their wisdom. This list of career-boosting behaviors from a successful CEO is worth bookmarking.
- Craft a perfect résumé. From optimal length to types of language to use, the trends and expectations associated with résumés seem to be ever-changing. Whether you're new to the job market or re-entering it after some time away, it's important to make sure you aren't making any of these 17 crazy-common mistakes.
- Know what not to say. All right. You've designed a résumé fit for your dream job. But before you hit send, do a once-over. Have you used the word "innovative," or perhaps "visionary"? There are some overused phrases that are simply better left off.
- Ask the right questions. Nice! All of that hard work has paid off, and you landed yourself a coveted interview. This is your time to shine, so make it count. You can rely on your interviewer asking you, at conversation's end, if you have any questions. Rather than shrugging this off, take it as an opportunity to really show how engaged and thoughtful a candidate you are. Click here for seven questions worth asking.
How do you get ready for a successful job hunt? Tell us in the comments!