Tips for landing a job this year
HOUSTON, TX -- Position yourself as a thought leader in your industry. Create a professional blog and write insightful posts about industry trends and advice. Join and participate in niche communities and niche career sites related to your expertise and skills. Share relevant articles in your social networks to help develop your online presence. Networking within these communities may lead you to your next job opportunity.
Shift your focus and let a job find you. Instead of spending all of your time identifying jobs and applying, also think about how to help people who want to hire you, find you. Do this by ramping up your online presence and social networking efforts. In 2012, consider throwing out that old cover letter and start writing unique ones for each job for which you apply. Use your cover letter to provide information about how you're fit for the job; information that isn't available on your resume.
Bring questions to a job interview and make sure they're good ones. Having smart questions will show an interviewer that you are prepared for the interview, and that you're familiar with the company. Follow up after an interview. If you are genuinely interested in the job, send a follow-up note of appreciation. Not only is it a gesture of common courtesy, it's a perfect place for you to reiterate your interest and show the hiring manager why you are the right person for the job.