3 Powerful Job Search Tips

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Searching for a job can be stressful and tedious especially when jobs are hard to come by. But on a positive note, there are three simple job search tips that increase your odds and save you time. Preparing for an interview by knowing common interview questions and being confident, networking, and even improving your credit score are three ways to jump start your job search. Let’s discuss each one of these tactics.

Improve your credit.

It may come as a surprise to some, but there is a chance that employers can check your credit prior to hiring you. Studies show that a negative credit score relates to a less desirable worker. Employers want to know that you’re dependable, organized, and think ahead. And your credit score can be a good indication of that. To raise your credit score quickly, be sure there aren’t any mistakes in your credit report than can be easily fixed, knowing how to improve your credit score is important. Also, be sure to be paying your bills on time and try to pay down more of your debt.

Besides your future employer checking into your credit score, you will definitely need good credit if you need to relocate for your job. Credit scores get checked when you rent an apartment, buy a car, and any other major purchase.

You can get your credit score for free without using your credit card or signing up for “free trials” that only end up with monthly charges. Make sure to check out this alternative.

Prepare for the interview.

The interview is your first impression and the only chance you get to prove why you’re right for the job. The first step to preparing for an interview, is going over common interview questions. Knowing what may be asked allows you to prepare your answers so you aren’t stumbling over your words. Before you begin to think about the interview questions, take some time to think about your qualifications, experiences, skills, education, past jobs, volunteer experience, and personal attributes that you want to share. Once you think about the common questions, you’ll then be able to link your traits with the appropriate question.

To prepare further for the interview, be sure to dress appropriately, know the company you’re applying for, bring copies of your resume or portfolio, and know where you’re headed so you don’t get lost along the way.

Network.

One of the best ways to find a job is to network. Everyone can apply for jobs online and find jobs on employment search engines, but it’s your individual connections that can set you apart from the rest. Start becoming more active in your alumni association to reconnect with old classmates and even faculty that may be able to help you with your search.

Joining professional groups in your industry can help as well. Always have a business card with you because you never know when you might meet someone that could help you in some way. It’s also helpful to network online with Twitter and LinkedIn. LinkedIn allows you to put all of your resume and professional attributes in one place. It’s easy to network when you can search for past co-workers and other professionals in your field.

Besides meeting new people and networking with professionals, think about the people closest to you. It’s easy to overlook family, close friends, and neighbors, but they may be more valuable than you think. Even if they have a friend of a friend that’s in your field, you can be introduced through them for a personal feel.

What tips do you have for improving your credit score? How do you prepare for a job interview?

About the Author:

Kristen Kuchar is a freelance writer and editor who has learned how to save money without giving up a passion for travel, food, and living a fun life. She is currently a staff writer at Financial Highway and graduated with a degree in Journalism.

 

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Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey September 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

When my husband and I realized that our credit score is decreasing, we immediately took steps to reduce our debts and paid off two of our credit card debts. Afterwards, we paid off the last card and use it only when making large purchases at installment terms, such as laptop, DSLR, and other gadgets. Though we kept the other two, we rarely use them as we pay our groceries in cash.

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