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What You Need to Get a New JobÖFast

Written by Heather Eagar
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It seems job hunting is one of the most stressful situations you can find yourself in. Itís probably because youíre miserable in your current job, youíve been let go or you are at a crossroads in your career. Whatever the reason, you want Ė and need Ė a new job fast.

So what do you really need to make that happen? You have to have all your ducks in a row, so to speak. You canít leave any part of your job search to chance. Letís start at the beginningÖ

Finding the Right Career for You

Hopefully, this can mean doing what you love. Other times itís doing what you believe in. Still others look for a job that doesnít require a lot of overtime or travel so they can spend as much time with their family as possible. Whatever your motivation, itís important to recognize that need while youíre job hunting.

If you find yourself wanting to change careers, know that itís not too late. Research the career that youíre interested in to see if itís a good fit. Itís also a good idea to review your skills and see if they are transferable to that career. Youíd be surprised how often they are.

Getting Your Resume Package Ready to WOW

Your resume package is what gets you interviews. If you have an outstanding resume and cover letter, doors open that would otherwise be closed. This is your one chance to grab the employerís attention. Make sure you do it the right way.

Your cover letter is an important aspect of your resume package and you should take your time in writing it. Many people think that it can be thrown together at the last minute and that just isnít so. Well, it could be but you wouldnít like the results! Thereís really only one chance to make that first impression, as the saying goes. It applies to your job search as well.

Your cover letter can talk about things that donít belong on a resume but is important for an employer to know. Itís an additional way for you to stand out from the other candidates. Whenever you have a chance to prove yourself, take it.

Your resume is also an essential document that acts as your own personal sales letter. Your strengths, skills and achievements have to be displayed so they are easy for the reader to take notice and want to call you in for an interview.

Your resume package is not the time to be modest. Show them what you have to offer. Make them think itís a mistake not to talk to you further about the position.

Interview Like You Were Made For the Job

One of the most stressful parts of finding a job tends to be interviewing. Why? It could be because people donít like being judged and thatís basically what an interview is. Are you qualified enough? Are you experienced enough? Can you bring enough to the position and really add value to the company?

Keep in mind that you need to be confident that this is the kind of company you want to be a part of. As youíre talking with them, try to envision what it would be like to work for or with them. If you donít get a good feeling, then maybe you need to ask more questions or talk to more people in the organization to see if your intuition is correct. Not every company is for every person and you shouldnít feel bad about turning down a job offer if you donít feel it is a good fit.

Putting It All Together

Job hunting is usually never easy. Sometimes we wish that someone would call us out of the blue and offer us our dream job. Unfortunately, that only happens on TV. Just keep your eye on your goal Ė a new and better job Ė and arm yourself with the best job search tools out there. Youíll make it through just fine.

- Heather Eagar

Heather Eagar is the creator of Job Search Masters - Insider secrets to more interviews and job Find out how to beat your competition at