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Job-Hunting Tools

The tools to help you find a job are probably right in your home or local library. You just have to put them to use. They are:

  1. Telephone
  2. Yellow Pages
  3. Daily Newspaper(s)
  4. A Good Resume
  5. A Typewriter or Computer
  6. A Planning Calendar
  7. Access to the Internet (not essential, but useful)

Get Ready to Go Prospecting on the Cold Call Trail

You're about to go ‘prospecting'. That's what sales people call it when they are trying to find new clients. You'll need to do some research and you'll need to make some ‘cold calls'. ‘Cold calls' are phone calls to companies where you don't know anyone, but you want to find out if they are hiring and who you should talk to about a job. All of the tools listed above will help make your job prospecting more successful. You can find lots of prospecting tips and inspirational advice on:

How to Use the Tools of the Trade

  1. The Telephone. Most people know how to dial, but few people let the phone do half the work in job hunting. Before you send resumes out to ‘everyone' – phone businesses where you think you'd like to work and ask a few questions. It will save you a lot of time and money, and if you do it right, it can get you an interview! How to Make Effective Telephone Calls
  2. The Yellow Pages. This is a library of excellent job-hunting information. Look at the ads and you can find out a lot about a company. It's a great place to ‘prospect'. The listed companies are organized by the type of business. If you don't have the Yellow Pages you want at home, try your local library. They often have copies of every book in the country. The Internet also offers Yellow Pages listing, but I prefer looking at the ads in the real book. This way you can get a sense of the company by the size of the ad and the information.
  3. Daily Newspaper(s). The classified employment ads will be your first place to look – but try looking through the whole newspaper. You'll see news items about new projects and you can often anticipate where there will be jobs once you start to read the news. You can also see ads for re-training programs, career ads will give you details about what qualifications you need to work in that industry, and there is all kinds of information about potential employers.
  4. A Good Resume. You have to feel confident and to know your own skills. Making a good resume does this for you. Start by making one. How to Make a Good Resume
  5. Typewriter or Computer. Use a professional method to give a business-like look to your resume and covering letter. If you can't type or don't have either a typewriter or computer, most print shops can help you for a small fee. You may also try a business college where a student could practice typing and earn a small fee for helping you. At the library you can use typewriters or computers. Ask a friend who owns a computer to help you.
  6. A Planning Calendar. If you have the money, buy one. If you don't, make one. “Time is money.” A planning calendar helps you see how to best use your time. Without a planned week, you might end up watching a lot of TV and wondering why you haven't got a job. When you plan your week to ‘work' at getting a job, you will get better results. I prefer a ‘week-at-a-glance' calendar that lists a 12 hour day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Start to think about what your time is worth per hour as you look at your calendar. Then you'll start to understand why they say “Time is money .”


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