Nab that dream job!


Job signAlthough the economy is trying to bounce back, there are many Americans who are still unemployed. If you’re one of them, you know that it can be intimidating to look for a new job. Even though it can be a frustrating process that may take months, you need to focus on your future and take action. Here are some tips to help you.

GET SERIOUS: Your job search should become your full-time job. Schedule tasks in your calendar and stick to them. Set achievable goals, such as sending out one resume per day. Scan job sites every day to look at new opportunities. Try www.indeed.com or www.careerbuilder.com. You may even want to connect with a local temp agency to assist you in your job search. Sometimes, it can be necessary to take an entry-level or part-time position – just to get your foot in the door. These positions can often turn into something more.

UPDATE YOUR RESUME: Rather than sending a generic resume to dozens of HR managers, cater your resume to fit the job requirements. Make sure your resume presents specific accomplishments and results that show how you could help the company reach its goals. It’s a good idea to have a family member or friend review your resume for errors, too.

NETWORK AND GET INVOLVED: Join a professional club or association to meet key contacts in your desired field. Talk to your friends and family members about your situation and ask them to keep you in mind when they hear of any job openings.

GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Additional training and education could enhance your marketability to a greater number of companies and make you a candidate for jobs that pay more. If you’re currently employed, but looking for a new job, consider taking some courses to learn the newest skills in your field of expertise.

THINK INTERVIEW: If you’re lucky enough to get an interview in this highly competitive job market, be thankful. Now it’s time to prepare! Learn all you can about the organization in advance. Review their website and social media presence. Google “tough interview questions” and think about how you would answer them if asked. Always be prepared to tell the interviewer about yourself in a few sentences and be able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.

STAY POSITIVE: It’s so easy to think negatively. Remain positive and be persistent. Your new job is just on the horizon.

Don’t forget to check out employment opportunities with us, too! Members 1st FCU is a great place to work, offers terrific benefits, and there are always opportunities for advancement. To view out our current openings, click here.

Also, if you’re dealing with a reduction in income or have started a new job, it’s a great time to reevaluate your budget. A GreenPath counselor can help you. As a member of Members 1st Federal Credit Union, you can take advantage of the GreenPath program, a free financial education and counseling program. GreenPath counselors are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST), Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. To use this new service, call 1-877-337-3399 or visit www.greenpathref.com.

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