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Tips for Successful Job Hunting Research

November 24, 2015 | Career Blog

Most potential job-seekers know the basics behind searching for a job: follow up, be honest on resumes, dress well for interviews, and so on. Often overlooked, however, is the importance of research when looking for employment. So, for successful job hunting, what kind of research should a potential employee conduct to be best prepared for a job interview and where should this research be done? Below, you’ll find a couple of interesting answers to these questions.

At What Point Should You Research?

The simple answer to this question is before, during, and after. In other words, keep researching. Clearly, you’ll be doing research before you start, simply to look for key companies that match your job preferences. The research that comes during the process, though, is when you’re trying to tailor your resume and cover letter to that specific job and employer. How do your skills match up with them? What do you know about the company that can help you to improve your application materials? This will also come in handy after you’ve been invited for an interview. If you have a fairly solid knowledge of the company, you’ll then be able to put that on display, effectively showing that you’ve done your “homework,” putting in the extra effort to show you’re serious about being an employee.

How and Where Should You Research?

Okay, now that we’ve covered the necessity for more or less constant research to ensure successful job hunting, it’s time to cover how to go about finding what it is that you’re in need of. Professional job listing sites are abundant, and they’re the most logical place to start when looking to find a job. There are entire online communities where you can discuss and find employment and learn a lot about what is out there. Social media can also be a valuable research tool in that you can network with others who are either employed at a company looking to hire or are looking for employment, as well, and can let you in on what they have found. In short, the internet makes everything (including researching for a job!) easier and more accessible.

So, while you’re brushing up your communications skills and making updates and improvements to your resume, don’t forget to research thoroughly in the ways mentioned above to create a more successful job hunting experience. Ready to take the plunge? Sign up for our Talent Network now. Or, if you have any further questions or need additional help, you can always contact us to help get you pointed in the right direction.