How many times have you heard the phrase “It's not what you know, but who you know?” When it comes to career success, knowing the right person or people can mean the difference in getting a job lead, scoring the interview and landing the right job. So you might be asking yourself, “Who are the right people to know, and how do I meet them?” The answer is through networking!
There are many ways for you or the person you know who is interested in working to effectively network:
If you or someone you know is preparing to network, here are a couple of helpful tips:
A résumé provides an important opportunity to highlight the skills, experience, education, accomplishments and your specific career goals or the goals of the person you know who is interested in working. It’s the first impression a potential employer has of you!
Whether you are updating a résumé for a new career or writing a résumé for the first time, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
For additional tips and tricks on how to make a résumé that shines, visit Career One-Stop’s Résumé Guide, a part of the American Job Center network. A service provider may also be able to provide or coordinate help with résumé writing. Don’t forget to ask for help from friends, family or mentors!
Preparation can make or break a job interview. This may sound obvious, but too often it's overlooked. If you or someone you know who is interested in working is preparing for an interview, use the tips below to help guide the interview prep.
A few days before the interview you should:
On the day of the interview:
When you or someone you know who is interested in working is prepping for a job interview, the key to success is to sell yourself! You cannot rely on your application or résumé to do the selling for you. Interviewers will want you to speak for yourself.
If you are interviewing for a job soon, keep in mind these tips:
The ability to get - and stay - motivated during a job hunt is one of the most critical skills for anyone looking for employment. If you or someone you know is looking for work, it’s important to stay focused and energized. Here’s a list of tips that can help you stay on track!
For motivation and encouragement, browse Ticket to Work success stories and read or hear about real people whose persistence and determination enabled them to get a good job that has led to financial independence.
If you are still having a difficult time finding employment, talk to a Ticket to Work Service Provider for advice and help
Once you have landed a job, the next step on the path is maintaining employment and managing your money so you can continue to be successful!