6 things every job seeker should have

Looking for a job can be a daunting task. Here is a list of tools to help make the search less stressful:

Resume: Have an up-to-date resume saved on your computer and carry a couple of copies with you at all times. You never know who you may run into at the grocery store or the gas station. Having a resume on hand when you run into the CEO of your dream company may just help you land the job.

Separate list of references and/or reference letter(s): References should not be listed on your resume. They should be kept separately and offered toward the end of an interview, if appropriate. It may be good to keep a few different lists of 3-5 references each for use in different situations. Different people you have worked with may know your different abilities, so use that to your advantage when applying for different types of jobs.

Portfolio: If you are a factory worker or a hotel manager, this may not apply to you. But if you’re a writer, an editor or an artist, keep a portfolio of your work. Take a few samples of your work to an interview to show your prospective boss what you can do.

Padfolio: Or some other type of notebook. A padfolio tends to look a bit more professional, so one of these is the best. Use one with pockets to keep applications, resumes and references tidy.

A functional pen: This may seem silly, but fumbling and searching for a pen while a prospective employer is waiting for you could send the message that you don’t come prepared to do the task at hand. Having a functional pen handy when you need it will show the boss that you’re ready to do what needs to be done.

Nice clothes for an interview: For some jobs you may need to attend several interviews, so having 2-3 go-to interview outfits is ideal. A good rule of thumb is to dress just a bit more formal than the job you are interviewing for requires.

Remembering to stay organized is most important when looking for a job. Remember to stay calm and focused, and you’ll be back to work in no time. Happy hunting!

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