Job Interview Tips

9 Time Saving Tips to speed up your job search
Is your job search off to a slow start or getting stuck? Here are some quick time-saving job search tips that will help your hunt for a new job go smoothly.
A.     Be prepared
B.     Be more than prepared
C.     Get help
D.    Create your own templates
E.      Use job search engines
F.      Jobs by e-mail
G.    Time savers
H.    References ready
I.       Use your network

1.     Be Prepared:
Have a voice mail system in place and sign-up for a professional sounding email address. Put your cell phone number on your resume so you can follow up in a timely manner.
2.     Be more than prepared:
Always have an up-to-date resume ready to send – even if you are not currently looking for work. You never know when an opportunity that is too good to pass up might come along.
3.     Get Help
Utilize free or inexpensive services that provide career counseling and job search assistance.
4.     Create your own templates:
Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready to edit. That way you can change the content to match the requirements of the job you are applying for but the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs will not need to be changed.
5.     Use job search engines:
Search the job search engines. Use the job search engine sites to search the major job banks, company sites, associations, and other sites with job postings for you.
6.     Jobs by email:
Let the jobs come to you. Use job search agents to  sign up and received job listings by email. All the major job sites have search agents and some websites specialize in sending out announcements.
7.     Time savers:
Strapped for time? Consider getting help writing or editing your resume.
8.     References ready:
Have a list of three references, including name, job title, company, phone number and email address ready to give to interviewers.
9.     Use your network:
Be cognizant of the fact that many, if not most, job openings are not advertised. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Ask if they can help.

Working within a large organization provides many advantages. One of the pros is that internal job opportunities arise from time to time , employees do not have to leave the building to advance their careers. But it is easy to trip up when applying for an internal job .why? One of the main problems is that many employees approach internal job offerings too casually. It is important to remember that similar rules and standards are in place when applying for any job, whether inside or outside a company.
Applying from within does not always necessarily give you an ‘in’. The bottom line is you are trying to get a new job, and you need to use every professional tactic you can to get it. Follow these tips to help you get in from the inside.
Steps involved:
A.      Do not apply for every available position
B.      Update your resume
C.      Write a customized cover letter
D.      Let your current boss know  you are applying for the job
E.       Construct an internal support system
F.       Write a thank you letter after interview
G.     Didn’t get the job? What to do??

1.     Do not apply for every available position
You will never be taken seriously if you apply each time a position opens. Clarify your reasons for applying for a specific job. If the opportunity is in a department where you wish your career to grow, or if the position will allow you to expand your knowledge in a particular area, make it known.
2.     Update your resume
Many internal candidates do not update their resumes, assuming that it is all in the family and the new internal position is merely an extension of their current one. Make sure your resume includes all the achievements you have earned since joining the organization.
3.     Write a customized cover letter
What if you have done work for the manager who needs a new assistant and he already knows you are terrific?  There are still things the manager does not know about you. So, clearly highlight your achievements as it is quite possible that the new potential boss does not know about your specialized training, the education you are currently pursuing or your past work experience . Also remember that no matter how often you have talked to the person you are applying to  or how well he may know you, you want to use the application process as an opportunity to show how professional you are . Keep this in mind while drafting you cover letter.
4.     Let your current boss know you are applying for the job
While you may not want your current boss to know you are seeking a new opportunity in the company, he will find out quickly if you became a candidate. Bosses do not like to be in the dark about what their employees are up to. Therefore, he upfront and honest about your  reasons for applying for another position, and see if he would be willing to put in a good word for you.
5.     Construct an internal support system
If you  do not know the manage you are hoping to work for, get other people you know in common to promote you.
6.     Write a thank you letter after the interview
Remember it is still a job interview, and all the regular courtesies apply, including sending out an interview than-you letter.
7.     Did not get the job?
Now is a good time to find out why. Try to get some feedback from HR. Turn the rejection into an opportunity by getting whatever skills you need so that the next time you apply for a similar job, you will be the winning candidate.