Nashville and the Middle Tennessee area have many great jobs available but keep in mind that local and regional employers don’t always post job advertisements in local newspapers to avoid being overwhelmed with job applicants. This is especially true when few or even a single employment position is open. Fortunately, there are now many other ways for the jobless to find employment.
A job board used to refer to a physical board or case, often located in an employment center or agency. Nowadays, most of them are located online. Most job boards have features that allow you to sign up to receive e-mail about newly available jobs that match your chosen criteria. In addition to private, for profit employers, these job boards are a valuable medium for jobs with government (both state and federal), non-profit organizations, and schools.
Many print newspapers, especially daily papers, have online editions which list help wanted classified ads. These employment ads are typically searchable by date, category, keyword, and employer location. Craigslist is a valuable job search tool if you’re looking for a position with a small to midsize company. There are new job listings every day.
Many cities like Nashvillehave live job fairs and expos attended by employers with current job openings. Attending career and job fairs is an effective way of identifying employers and networking with industry professionals.
Social and professional networking Websites are an excellent source of job listings and networking contacts to help you in your job search. Some of these sites allow you to craft a resume, increasing your chances of getting a job and decrease the amount of time spent searching for a new one.
Many employers list job openings on their Web site. There is usually less competition using this method. If you know what companies you’re interested in working for, go directly to the source and apply for a job online. Many employers’ career pages invite visitors to fill out candidate profiles, describing their work history, jobs of interest, salary requirements and other preferences. These employer job listings also include details such as compensation and minimum qualifications for all level positions from part-time hourly jobs to top management positions.
A resume is needed in almost every case when applying for a job. It’s often the first point of contact you have with a potential employer. To be successful, the resume must be well-written, properly formatted, and effectively communicate your professional background. Check your resume and cover letters for typos and grammatical errors. Use consistent font sizes.
A well-written cover letter that is customized to the company or individual recipient shows you’re serious. When writing a resume, provide a precise picture of your work history. Write a powerful career summary. Avoid frivolous personal information and always be accurate. Even if your job skills don’t exactly match what an employer is seeking, a good resume can often win you an initial job interview.
In a resume, avoid using empty clichés, annoying jargon, and recycled buzzwords. HR folks and hiring managers see these terms over and over again and don’t like them.
Avoid these overused and unnecessary terms:
1) Salary negotiable – Nearly all jobs are.
2) References available by request – If a potential employer want them, they’ll ask. Include references only when specified in the job advertisement.
3) Problem-solving skills – It’s vague and everyone has them.
4) Experience working in ______ – Instead, describe your background in terms of achievements.
5) Detail-oriented – So, you pay attention to details. Well, so does everyone else.
6) Team player – If you have relevant success stories about collaboration, put them on your resume.
7) Hardworking – Instead, describe situations in concrete detail in which your hard work benefited an employer.
Instead of simply posting your resume on a Web site, take it further and design a Website or online portfolio where employers and job recruiters can view your body of work, read about your goals and obtain contact information.
Remember to only apply to jobs you are qualified for. Job listings promising quick and easy income, or requiring a fee or your social security number in order to apply should be avoided. Before going in for a job interview, find out who is interviewing and Google their names to learn about them.
Lastly, once companies are ready to make you an offer, they’re likely to discuss your salary needs. If you’re armed with objective salary information, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate.