Happy Monday! Here’s part 4 of our 10 part series on Job Seeking Tips posted Mondays and Thursdays.
10) Business cards are inexpensive and impactful. Business cards are used for self-promotion, and ties into to Tip #3 about networking. Be sure to always have a stash of nice quality business cards (think 16-18 pt) ready to go because you never know who you may meet and you want to make a lasting, positive impression on them. Never bend your business cards, and never hand them out if they are crumpled - keep them in a business card holder. Think of your business card as a preview to your resume, but keep it short and simple. If you feel that it is getting cluttered, consider adding a link to your professional website, or LinkedIn page where someone can learn more about you and how you can add value to their organization.
11) Identify your career goals and research the position. Where do you professionally want to be in 5 years? How about in 10 years? Do you understand the responsibilities related to this position? Will you enjoy your work? What do you want out of this position? Will this job help you reach your professional career goals? Find a position and an organization that will help you advance, and that respects your values and matches your identified skills and interests.
12) Be flexible. This may be hard if you already have a family, but being geographically flexible will allow for a wider range of opportunities. For example, if you live in the Annex area of Toronto and are reluctant to search for opportunities outside of your area, you are limiting yourself from really awesome jobs that may be available in Liberty Village, or downtown Toronto. Don’t be afraid to explore in different areas and nearby cities - make job hunting fun. In addition to this, some job opportunities may require you to travel, and although these trips will be for business purposes, it will still allow you to explore an unfamiliar ground, opening your mind for new experiences.