Hello readers!  Thanks for stopping by.  We wanted to share a few excerpts from an article we found by Ron Campbell of Utah’s own Standard Examiner (See full article here).  Campbell discusses the idea that the reason many individuals struggle finding a job is because we aren’t asking the right questions or we aren’t going about it the right away.  He suggests the following 7 questions to ask yourself and help get your job search on the right track:

1. Is your job search organized? Organizing your job search will ensure you are correctly focused in your activities.

2. Are you following up with networking contacts, employer contacts and interviews?  Ensure you follow up as much as possible.

3. Have you researched the company before the job interview? To properly prepare for an interview, you must do all you can to learn as much as you can about the potential employer. (Y.E.S. Input: We have found that this particular idea is HUGE! When you go to an interview already knowing about the company, it helps the employer understand that you are dedicated and motivated and shows that you care about their company.)

4. Are you maximizing each job interview? This includes ensuring you are properly dressed for the interview, you start with a good handshake — if offered — and you are always cordial.

5. Are your résumés and cover letters customized for each potential employer? You can and should adjust your résumé and cover letter to focus on those things you have done that you want this potential employer to know about.

6. Do you have a job coach? A job coach is simply someone who holds you accountable for your job search activities.  (Y.E.S. Input: This can help you stay on track and keep you motivated to find a job!  Just make sure your job coach does not do everything for you, as this can turn employers away from the idea of hiring you.)

7. Are you utilizing all your social networking resources, especially LinkedIn? LinkedIn is a very useful for job search as it is a great networking tool. Always ensure you keep all your social networking web pages up to date and professional. Most employers now check your Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn web pages prior to, or closely following, each job interview.


Questions? Feedback? New ideas? Feel free to comment below with your opinions!


Eric Nelson

Eric is the director of marketing at Your Employment Solutions. He helps connect Utah jobseekers to great Utah jobs. He loves running, going to movies, eating sushi, and then running some more.

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