10 things to remember, when you are looking for work
- File for unemployment benefits immediately after your job ends, even if you do not think you will qualify. Different states vary in whom they consider eligible.
- Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number, as it could be someone calling you about a job. Instead, let the person leave a message so you can take time to prepare.
- When you are looking for work, remember that you are now in sales and marketing. You need to brand and market your skills and abilities, and you have to be the one to make it happen. You can do it!
- Don’t let concerns about your age get in the way of applying for jobs you know you are qualified to do and physically perform.
- Write down three goals for yourself on a piece of paper and post it in a place where you will see it every day. Make sure one of the goals is how much you would like to make at your next opportunity.
- Carry a flash drive with your résumé, cover letter, and references. You never know when you might need them!
- Before applying for any position, always look up the company on LinkedIn to see who you know that works there. Contact that person to obtain more information about the company. They may also be able to submit your résumé on your behalf.
- Stay current. Read trade publications, comment on industry blogs, and be aware of emerging technologies that may impact your career path.
- Technology has changed the way we look for work. Use smartphone apps. Many of the websites that I have listed at the back of this book also have apps.
- Create a good, short response to the question ~ Why should I hire you?
What to do with this list
Post this list, or the downloadable PDF, in your home office. Check it daily until you have all the steps done.
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