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Find a Better Paying Job

If you want to find a better paying job start by reading the "7 Tips to Finding a Good Paying Job." Then choose from the popular job help articles links to the right. Now it is your turn to learn how to maintain a competitive advantage above other job candidates. 

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Important job help tips to consider when seeking better employment.

Know your strengths

It is very important when looking for a better paying job to know your strengths and weaknesses.  If you have no knowledge about surgery, it is wise to assume that you would not land a job as a surgeon.  Even if you did, the outcome would more than likely be less than desirable. Therefore, by first identifying what you are good at (you skills and talents) and what you enjoy doing, will get you started on your search for a better paying job.

Start by putting together a list of work related strengths - technology, sales, creativity, dealing with people, etc.  Define what you are best at. Take into account areas that may need improvement.  Break the list into categories and attempt to create a theme based on your current set of skills.

For more information on writing your list read - Knowing Your Strengths

Importance of self confidence

Self confidence, skills and the ability to adapt to change when necessary is paramount in our current economic times. No longer is a mere college education going to guarantee a high paying career. Rather the combination of education, formal or informal, accompanied by experience, qualifications and a bit of creativity, are more likely to land you the position you desire.

This is one of the fundamental differences that will set you apart from the thousands upon thousands of other qualified applicants currently seeking a better paying job. Now, who are you? Did you know that you are the perfect person for the job, with the perfect resume, who offers the most value for the position? Well you are...

Tailor your cover letter

A cover letter may be the one thing that sets you apart from all the other applicants seeking employment. Having a well written cover letter generally helps you stand out and increases your potential for further review.  Employers looking to fill a position want to find the right person and spend as little time doing so.  By writing a cover letter, right away you are able to express your skills, talents, and communicate what makes you the perfect fit for the job. 

It is important to uniquely adjust your cover letter to fit the job you are applying for.  Include a few interesting facts you found from researching their company.  Show the hiring manager that you spent time learning about their business. 

Let your personality show through.  An employer wants not only to find a well qualified applicant, they are also looking to see if your personality will fit in with the rest of their staff.

Perfect & refine your resume

Your resume is a direct representation of who you are, what you can do, and how well you can do it.  Most potential employers reading over a resume or your resume objectives are able to determine if the applicant's qualifications match the position with a few simple glances.  If you do not invest the time perfecting your resume (and it shows) why then would an employer take a risk hiring you.  Remember to tailor your resume, as you did with your cover letter by specifically focusing on the job you are applying for.

Choose the right job search websites

Advances in technology present new opportunities for job seekers.  Applicants who fail to take advantage of new technology such as job search websites,  posting online resumes & portfolios, or even recruitment services - may miss out on new job openings.  Research the best job search websites related to your industry.  Then, create a profile for each. Finally, post your cover letter and resume and/or portfolio.

Note:  Before posting your cover letter and resume, make sure that all of the following information is included, current, spell checked and correct: contact information, cover letter, job objectives, job related experience, past work history (included date of hire and when you left the job), education & certificates, technology/computer skills, language skills (optional), member associations (optional), references (optional yet important).

Follow up

Follow up before and after your interview.  Use a combination of email and phone calls. Sending out resumes alone is generally not enough.  A potential employer may have overlooked your resume or even developed a bias opinion from reading your credentials.  Calling shows persistence and allows for direct contact with the employer offering the job you are applying for.

After you interview it is wise to perform a follow up call or email thanking the interviewer.  This again shows persistence and your desire to work for their company.   If given the opportunity, briefly explain why you are convinced that the job is right for you, thanking them for the initial interview.  Explain not only why you are a perfect fit but also why your employment with them will be of mutual benefit.  Employers need to be confident you are the right person for the job, and nearly as important; will you fit in with their organization?

Be ready to interview

When presented with the opportunity to interview with a company, do your due diligence.  Spend a few hours researching the company.  The easiest way to do this is by reading their website.  It is tremendously important that your interview goes well.  Knowing more about the company you are interviewing for will give you an edge when discussing possible employment. 

Prepare a few questions for the interviewer. This shows value, serious interest in the job, and first and foremost that you have done your research.  Also include questions that are most important to you - do they offer medical insurance, paid vacation, company car, or anything thing else that may be of concern. Remember to choose favorable questions geared toward the position you are applying for.

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