Interviews Provide Key to Success in Hunting for Job

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When you're hunting for a new job, the key to success is being interviewed. Unless you get interviewed, you can't get a job. It's as simple as that.

Many job-hunters send out resumes and wait for potential employers to contact them. You can score this way, but it's the slowest and least effective way to do it. You can dramatically increase the number of interviews - and hence your chances of landing a job - by becoming active instead of passive. There are several proven ways to generate interviews.

The help-wanted ads are certainly a possible source of leads, but remember that there will be more competition for those openings than for any other and that only about 20 percent of jobs are foundthere. To generate more interviews, instead of simply answering the ad, research the company a little bit, find out who will be your superior if you get the job and write him or her as if you hadn'tseen the ad. That way you'll come in at a slightly different angle from all the other candidates, and there's a better chance you'll be noticed.

Search also the "business for sale" ads and follow up on those that interest you. When a business changes hands, the new owner will be open to hiring new employees. Follow the news of promotions inthe business section of the paper. Most people who move up into a new slot leave their old one behind for somebody else to move into. Another way of using the newspaper is to follow the business pages looking for trends that might develop into employment opportunities.

If you'd like to relocate, or would be willing to, evaluate opportunities in other cities. Subscribe to those newspapers. Buy those telephone books (your local telephone company will get them for you and they're surprisingly inexpensive).

Since nearly 80 percent of all jobs are found through referrals, organize your friends and relatives to search for you and report any leads they turn up. Use your business acquaintances in the sameway. Anybody you would list as a reference should be apprised of your job search and invited to help.

Find a career adviser and work with him or her. Sign up with employment agencies, but unless you're desperate, limit yourself to the ones that advertise "fees paid."

There's no reason you can't simply pick some companies you'd like to work for and write or call their personnel departments. This takes a good marketing letter or telemarketing skills, both of which you can develop. They may not have openings now, but when they do, your application will already be on file; and if you look good, they may decide to save the money, time and effort of even advertising the position at all.

If there's one company you'd like to work for more than any other, launch a campaign. …