4 Ways to Improve Your Job Search Activities

 When you are looking for a new job, focus on your resume andmaking a good impression after the interview.

When you are looking for a new job, focus on your resume andmaking a good impression after the interview.

When you’re looking for a job the last thing you want to do is spend time looking for articles to help you get that job. And, because Your Office Mom knew it was the last thing you wanted to do, we decided to do it for you. We selected four articles to give you perspective and help focus your energy on what's important:  condense your resume, consider your competition and make an impression after the interview. So, grab a beverage, sit back, read, contemplate and make a plan. Action without a plan is just a lot of activity.

  1. You may know the latest industry and tech trends but you may not have given much thought to the most recent resume trends or rules. Maybe it’s time you did. You can bet that other job seekers are up on things. Take a moment to read this short article by Maria Katrien Heslin about The New Resume Rules.

  2. If you are vying for a coveted internal promotion, don't overlook the external applicants. They're often your biggest competition. After taking Your Office Mom's advice from Up against external candidates? 6 tips to get the edge and land the job, one reader wrote "How could I possibly think I could walk into this competition not prepare like I was an external candidate? I don’t know how I could be so naïve. You helped me walk into a set of interviews prepared, fierce, and ready to compete against anyone."

  3. II you think sending a Thank you note is an outdated, old fashioned idea, think again. Have I always sent a thank you note? Hell no, but read this before you completely write off the idea. You want to learn How To Write A Thank You That Gets You Hired by Andrew LaCivita. He makes a compelling argument to take the time and do it.

  4. Finally, if you are lucky enough to get a job offer, but you decide you don’t want to accept it, hey it happens, you need to handle it graciously. Granted, the salary may be insulting, the commute may be a nightmare, or the job role may not be ideal. You never, ever want to ignore calls, emails or fail to follow-up. How to Turn Down a Job Without Burning Bridges by JR Thorpe has some excellent pointers and will make you smile.

Looking for a job is hard work. It’s often a long, tedious process. If you don't have a clearly defined strategy, perhaps you need one. Action without a plan creates a lot of activity but little in terms of payoff.  Quit running around in circles and read my post Can’t find a job? Your strategy makes a BIG difference. Yes, this brings the number of articles to five. Hey, it's a math thing. Even Your Office Mom has development needs.

If you need any advice about improving your current work situation, ask me. I've got an opinion about everything. Ask a Question. Good luck and take care of yourself, kids!