90 tips and tricks on how to
get a new job
So, you're a recent graduate? Looking for work? You and thousands of others. What
can you offer that they can't? Well, hopefully you know that or will learn as you
search. Your job search is a project in itself, with various stages. Here are some tips
to get you to your goal of a great first job.
Robert Fulghum might have learned everything he needed to know in kindergarten,
but you probably didn't. In fact, even college probably didn't teach you everything.
Keep building your skills.
1. Practice your writing skills. In today's Internet-oriented world, good
communication skills are crucial. Technical writing and documentation seems
to be a weak point for many new grads.
2. Stay updated. Read and subscribe to relevant weblogs, magazines, and
newspapers. Use web feed subscription tools like Bloglines or Newsgator
3. Take refresher courses. You may not get a job in your first interview round.
Consider some refresher courses before you rewrite your resume.
4. Start a blog. Demonstrate your knowledge of a topic related to a field you'd
like to be employed in by writing a blog and mentioning it in your resume.
5. Do some volunteer work. Find something you like doing and volunteer. It
shows depth of character on your resume.
6. Learn networking skills. Finding the ideal job usually means knowing the
right person at the right time.
Tools and Miscellaneous
There are some tools that you might need for your job search, and other
7. Computer. Whether you buy or borrow, you'll need a computer for typing
your resume, cover letter, and references page.
8. Internet access. Your job search will likely take you online. As an alumnus,
you probably have access at your college (or local library).
9. Briefcase or portfolio. Perfect for protecting your materials against the
elements when attending job fairs or going to interviews.
10. Cell phone. If you're pounding the pavement looking for work, you'll wa