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Celebrating the Right to Work: Four Tips to Refresh Your Job Search

May 1 is International Workers’ Day in many parts of the world. In recognition of this event, here are four tips to help with your job search and right to work! 

Be respectful.

Marry the formality of traditional communication with the immediacy of social media. 

Social media is such an immediate, casual form of contact that users sometimes forget–or forgo–the principles of proper communication. The most important thing to remember when approaching a potential employer via social media is to be respectful. This means paying attention to grammar, spelling, tone and language. Our tools of communication may be evolving, however, treating people with respect and being considerate and tasteful with regard to written or verbal communication never changes.

Be assertive.

Don’t hide behind email; creating personal connections is still key.

You need to be assertive to reach your goals. It isn’t enough to drop an email to a prospective employer and expect a job interview or job offer to materialize. Creating personal connections is absolutely critical and this requires assertiveness. Tap into all of your networks–and those of your colleagues and relatives. Make phone calls and request brief, in-person meetings. People will be more comfortable and confident in offering opportunities if they’ve had a “live” conversation with or met you in person.

Be mindful.

Make certain dress and demeanor are all professional.

It is important to be mindful of all details—no matter how small—to ensure a professional impression. Style points count, including eye contact, body language, and dress. Finally, connect, connect, connect with your interviewer by looking directly into his/her eyes and being personable.

“Friend” a search executive.

Everyone looking for a job needs someone to help them.

If you have an established relationship, any search professional worth their salt will be available to provide honest career advice and direction. It’s in their DNA and it’s not totally selfless—all good recruiters focus on building a long-term network of qualified, employable individuals.