Research, Research, Research!

22 Dec

Angela Current, Career Services Professional

In your planning for your New Year’s job search have you done your homework? Simply posting a resume and waiting for a response isn’t close to being prepared for an effective job search. If you aren’t willing to put in as many hours on your search, as humanly possible, why should you expect a quick response? Successful job hunting, as with anything, takes research.

There’s no such thing as doing too much research. It’s better to take the time now, than to take a position that makes your life a living nightmare. All too often this happens when a job searcher grabs whatever is offered, without so much as looking up the company. Often reputations precede companies and you need to know you’re joining a reputable organization.

Make a list of the companies that you’d like to work for, read up on them, learn about their products and their goals, and whether they align with your goals. Once you’ve done the research and know that you and this company could be a nice fit, submit an introduction letter and your resume. You may just get your foot in the door before a position has even been posted. It will also make a great impression to know the company’s background in an interview and you’ll know how to market your abilities directly to them.

As the brilliant Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  

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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in business


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One response to “Research, Research, Research!

  1. erikapryor

    December 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks so much Angela for offering some great advice. I know it is easy to get caught up in the completion of applications and writing of cover letters, but there is something to be said about research. Importantly, it provides a way to focus your work and attention by learning about the company or organization you would like to work for. I’m looking forward to your next great post. Again, thank you.


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