As a resource to all current and prospective students, Allied Schools, Inc. has developed this blog to provide relevant information to students, job-seekers and professionals alike. Use this blog as your "career guide," turning to Allied Schools for industry updates, career trends, and job search advice. We thank you for visiting!
The Internet is where it's at! Gone are the days when you would rely solely on newspapers to find a job. Today, there is a treasure trove of options available at your fingertips - job search sites, classified ads, recruiters, and more. You can post your resume online, search job listings by geographic region and communicate with a prospective employer via e-mail. The possibilities are endless!
- Available Anytime - You don't have to wait anymore for the Sunday newspaper with the classified ads. You can log onto the computer and access the Internet anytime you want. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can look for a job, post your resume and network whenever you choose.
- Quick - It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... When you go online, you are immediately connected to careers. You can instantly access job sites, send your resume to prospective employers and search postings in other cities. You don't have to rely on the mail or wait for a telephone call; you can communicate your needs right away.
- More Productive - You can do a lot more through the use of the Internet. Instead of spending hours reading classified ads, amending your resume and typing mailing labels, you can reach more employers in a quicker amount of time. You can post your resume and respond to job openings in a matter of minutes.
- Far Reaching - The Internet knows no bounds. It is just as easy to search for a job 10 miles away or 1,000 miles away. Job sites allow you to search by geographic region. You don't have to subscribe to newspapers in faraway cities to respond to their classified listings. You can find everything you need posted on the web.
- Valuable Resources - You are not limited to resume posting and job listings. You can also use valuable resources to help you with other aspects of your career search. Use the Internet to prepare for an interview, write an effective resume, research job outlooks and determine a fair salary. Information that was once available at a bookstore is now accessible on the Internet for free.
It is a good time to be in the job market with all of the tools available on the Internet. You no longer have to sit by and wait for a phone call. The web enables you to be proactive in your job search. Be in charge of your career and use the resources available to you.
You've completed a successful job interview. What's the next step? You send a "thank you" letter thanking the interviewer for his or her time. This simple act can give you an edge over other interviewees. It's a common courtesy that allows you the opportunity to reiterate your interest in the job and keep your name in front of an interviewer.
Some tips for creating an effective "thank you" letter:
* Make sure to send your note within 24 hours of your interview.
* You can either handwrite or type your thank you letter. Tailor it to fit the company's culture. Decide if it's more appropriate to send a formal typed letter or a personal handwritten note.
* If you choose to e-mail your letter, you should send a hardcopy too. E-mail is a fast way to get your letter in front of the right people, but a mailed letter is the best choice.
* Your writing reflects you - make sure it is error free. Check the letter for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
* Make the note personal. Don't just copy your note from an old letter you have on file. Reference specific things you talked about in the interview.
* If you interview with a few people, send a note to each one. Although you can use the same letter for each, try to tailor a sentence or two to that specific person
* If you expect a decision soon, find a way to get your note in the interviewer's hands fast - consider using e-mail, fax, or hand-delivery.
A "thank you" letter can send an important message about you. It shows that you are truly interested in the job and want to project a positive image. It is the perfect opportunity to remind your potential employer of your qualifications and how you would fit in with the company. It also gives you the chance to correct any mistakes you might have made or add anything you might have missed.
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Remember those tedious handwriting classes in school? Dot your I's and cross your T's. The same attention to details that your teachers and parents drilled into you during your elementary school years is the same attention to detail you need when preparing your job search paperwork. First impressions last a lifetime; be sure to give your future employer the impression you want to convey.
If given the opportunity to type rather than handwrite, take advantage of it. Job applications often ask tedious and mundane questions. No matter what the content of an application, take the time to fill it out correctly and neatly. If you cannot type out the application, be sure to print instead of handwrite. If you make a mistake, start over. Do not cross out or white-out a mistake. Nothing looks worse than a job application with eraser marks all over the page and white-out globs inside the application fields.
As for the infamous resume, don't be afraid of this often debated document. If you ask five different people how to write a resume you will probably get 10 different opinions. Writing a resume is a very subjective process. It is your job to make sure your resume conveys your skills and achievements in a clear and concise manner. Remember, if you do not tell your interviewer about your successes, they have no way of knowing what you have done or what you are capable of achieving. Nothing makes a poorer impression than a resume containing errors. Double and triple check your resume for errors and omissions. Spell check your resume, hand check your resume, and then have a friend check your resume. It is difficult to check one's own work, so don't be afraid to have someone review it for you. A resume should be the finest piece of written work you can produce!
Paying attention to the details will benefit you during your job search and throughout your entire career. Employers respect employees who take the time to guarantee the quality of their work. Paying attention to the details shows your willingness to go the extra mile. You want to be the person the director turns to for important projects. A manager's greatest asset is a team member who can get a job done in short order with 100 percent accuracy!
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