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Searching for a New Job? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Are you thinking about searching for a new job? Or are you already actively looking for your next role? If so, now’s a great time to be on the hunt! Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking for the next step in your career, here’s what you need to know about today’s job market.

You have plenty of options to choose from

It’s a candidate’s market. You have plenty of options to choose from. In fact, according to the last JOLTS Report from the BLS, there are currently 7.5 million job openings. Pair that with a near 50-year low unemployment rate (3.6 percent) and you are in an ideal environment for your job hunt.

In this market, you don’t have to worry about a lack of job opportunities. Additionally, March was the 13th consecutive month of available jobs outnumbering the number of unemployed people who are actively searching. So, as a candidate, now is a great time to find an opportunity that’s right for you. You have the ability to take your time and be picky.

Your market value is strong

Your market value is robust (and will keep going up!). With more jobs than available workers to fill them, many employers are in desperate need of qualified candidates. Thus, a lot of hiring managers are willing to sacrifice certain skill sets or experiences because they need talent now. Thus, if you don’t have all the hard skills or background to do the job, you may be considered if you have the right attitude and soft skills to learn.

With such a tight market, you, as a candidate, may even see yourself with stronger compensation packages than you were expecting. Employers need good talent. And they need them immediately. You may be able to get a nice pay bump or better benefits by transitioning to a new employer. To illustrate, over the last 12 months, average hourly wages have increased by 3.2 percent, or $0.88 an hour.

Recruiters are here to help

In this competitive market, the best candidates are often the ones that are still employed. If a recruiter, like one from Johnson Search Group, reaches out to you about a new opportunity, hear them out. A recruiter will be your biggest advocate and help you tackle the hiring process. If find yourself searching for a new job, reach out to one of our recruiters today and let’s see if we can help you find your next opportunity!

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Job Hunting? Here Are Some Tips!

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Looking for a new job can be daunting. With job boards, social media, and even Craigslist, it can be confusing as to which resource is going to be the best path for your job hunt. Partnering with a reputable recruiting firm and recruiter is advisable, but let’s take a look at some of the other resources out there.

Job Boards

Traditional job boards are great resources to see what positions are open, as well as to get your resume online for recruiters and companies to find you. Just remember that if you post your resume to one of these sites, you need to be your own advocate and keep the resume updated. You must ensure you do not have outdated resumes already on the site. You could miss out on your dream job if a recruiter found an old resume that had outdated contact info and couldn’t get a hold of you. Keep your data up-to-date and organized, and it will pay off!

Craigslist

Many companies have turned to Craigslist as a resource to find candidates. Like job boards, this is a very “invisible” way of applying. You and everyone out there is sending in their resume and hoping for that call. Human Resource professionals wear multiple hats within their organizations; with a flood of resumes coming into their “in-boxes,” unless yours really stands out – most likely – it will not get the look needed to get your foot in the door.

Facebook

Facebook is a great networking tool, but it is truly a social media site and not necessarily a professional networking site. If you are job hunting, letting your social network know is a good thing; however, unlike LinkedIn, Facebook will be more word of mouth than a target marketing effort on your part. Not all companies use Facebook as a recruiting tool and your network may not be a resource for your line of work.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social media site and a valuable resource. Many companies and recruiting firms use LinkedIn as a resource for finding quality candidates. LinkedIn allows you to specifically target your area of expertise and apply for a position directly with the employer. It also allows you to reach out to your network and get the word out that you’re on the market.

At the end of the day, it is all about marketing yourself and doing your due diligence; but, with so many resources, it can be overwhelming and a lot of work. Let Johnson Search Group be your trusted partner in your job hunt and help you find your next career adventure!

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Should You Apply For Every Job Posting You See?

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You find yourself in the position of looking for a new job, which of course most of us hate. One of my candidates went so far as to say she would rather go to the dentist and get her car tabs renewed at the same time. That’s a pretty colorful description certainly and a shared opinion by many. The reasons for your search may vary from being your first job, the next step in your career, boredom, dissatisfaction for a myriad of reasons, all the way to just lost your job for one reason or another. Bottom line, you are looking and trying to figure out where to start. Do you slather the planet with your resume? Do you click on every ‘apply’ button you see in hopes that someone will call you?

Best advice, is no and definitely, no. More is not better for this situation. Some would certainly argue that the more you apply, the better your chances, but usually the opposite is true. It can potentially come across that you’re desperate.

Here are pitfalls for the click-happy behavior of apply, apply, apply:

The red flag candidate

When a hiring manager sees your application multiple times or for every job they have open, a common thought is, “Why hasn’t someone else hired you?” This could be a red flag candidate, so the best course of action is avoidance. Often a poor assumption, but the perception none the less.

The desperate candidate

If the impression is that you are desperate, it’s often that your application will be the last one considered. After all, if you so desperately want to work there, you will continue to wait. And they have the time to review other candidates. Sadly, if you are not working, this makes the wait even worse.

Cautiously submit your resume

Many positions that are posted on the web are from recruiting firms. And some recruiters may even post fake jobs online for roles they do not have permission to work on. And if a recruiter attempts to submit you to a role without an agreement with the employer, you will not be considered for the position, no matter how qualified you are. Not really fair, but fairly common. Be careful who you send your resume to. If they do not specifically ask for your permission to submit you to that employer, don’t give them your resume.

If you apply to everything, your ability to be represented by a reputable recruiting firm, like Johnson Search Group, could be eliminated. You may not even know who the company is but when you get submitted by the recruiter, and the company said you already applied, it can give the wrong impression. It may look as if you lied to the recruiter and the employer about not applying directly.

Tailor your resume

One size does not fit all for resumes. It is almost impossible for a blanket-the-earth-type resume to match all the requirements for every job you’re applying for.

You may not know what you are really applying for, and your resume in its current form may not hit the bells and whistles of their keyword match. You may have thought you made all the custom edits for the jobs you applied for, but how many times do you read a job description and your resume looks like an exact match, only to get a message back that you don’t meet the requirements? As a recruiting team manager, I hear this a lot. The reality is, most job descriptions are written by human resources and are often boilerplate descriptions. Seems counterproductive, but it’s the reality.

Giving the wrong impression

If you apply for everything, especially ones that you aren’t fully qualified for, you may forever brand yourself with that company in a negative light.

If you are hitting apply, apply, apply to all roles, the common thought process from a hiring manager could be, what other companies are you doing the same thing to? Are you someone who is going to jump ship the second something else comes your way?

Passively looking

If you’re currently employed and don’t want word getting back to your boss that you’re looking, never take the chance. I have talked to candidates who have done this and suffered the embarrassment of accidentally applying for a position with their current employer. One word is appropriate here – awkward, or in some cases even – terminated.

Do your research

If you are looking for a new position, my best advice is to do your due diligence. Utilize social media, for example, to find out who else works there that you may be able to introduce yourself to and they can become your advocate. If the name of the company you want to work for is not the exact match on the job posting, call the company to verify. It never hurts to be cautious.

Most companies offer a number or email address for their HR Department on their websites to call with questions. One of those questions could be, “Is the job description accurate?” Others are: “What is their interview and hiring process?” And of course, “Is the position still open?”

Let’s work together

If you are looking for a new position, and especially if you are confidentially looking, let’s get in touch. It could be the best contact you’ve made for your career.

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In Today’s Job Market, Soft Skills Are Just as Valuable as Hard Skills

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Before you apply to a new job, you’re most likely thinking about the hard skills you have that make you qualified. In other words, the exact experience you’ve had that pertains to this certain position. But do you also think about your soft skills that make you even more valuable?

A job isn’t just about the schooling, experience, and the things you know how to do. It encompasses a lot more than that. Having good personal skills are what makes you a great employee. So, instead of just focusing on your hard skills while looking for a job, here’s how to also quantify your soft skills as being just as valuable.

Stress your soft skills

When it comes to interviews it’s important to remember both your hard skills and soft ones. They make you the employee you are, and companies want to know about them. If you only focus on one or the other, you’ll lose a tremendous opportunity to show your full value and what you can offer to their team.

Stressing your soft skills in today’s job market will help you get the job. Great talent is hard to find. If you have a solid foundation of the hard skills they need, and great soft skills that they want, they’ll want to grab you in a hurry before someone else does. It all comes down to selling yourself and your skills. All of your skills.

You may not have the experience, but you have the foundation

You may have applied for a position where you don’t have all the experience or the background in every part of the job description they’re looking for. But that doesn’t mean you’re not qualified!

Your soft skills can get you over that hurdle, to where the team you’re interviewing with doesn’t focus on your lack of hard skills but realizes your valuable soft skills. Anyone can learn a new skill, especially if they have skills in that field already. Teaching someone soft skills is almost impossible, and if you leverage that, you never know what might happen in your career!

Today’s job Market allows your soft skills to stand out

Companies are struggling to find great candidates to fill their critical roles because there is a talent shortage. The best candidates are the ones with jobs nowadays. Which means companies are having to reach out to those who already have good jobs to see if they’re willing to transition.

So, when they find a candidate who may not have all the experience they’re wanting but has great soft skills, they will jump! No one is wanting to miss out on a great candidate who will help their company grow for something that can be taught. And if you are an employer that does miss out on great candidates, you could suffer by leaving your critical roles vacant.

In the end, use your soft skills to your advantage. Focus on them and try to improve them just like you do with your hard skills. You’ll be surprised to see the impact not only on your current position but your future roles as well.

And remember, if you’re looking to partner with great recruiters, reach out to Johnson Search Group today!

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Laid Off – Now What?

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A large percentage of us will experience being laid off from a position in our lifetime. We never want to think about it, but it does happen. I, personally, have experienced four such events during my career and each return into the job market has held a different experience. I will not lie and say it got easier with “practice.” With Millennials on the heels of the Baby Boomers as being the largest living adult generation, there is fierce competition for available jobs.

According to Pew Research, 71 million adult Millennials and 74 million Boomers were registered in 2016. With 2019 being the anticipated break out year, Millennials should surpass the Boomer generation – reaching 73 million – with Boomers declining to 72 million.

The Dreaded Day

You show up for work like any other day and at some point throughout the day, you are notified that your services are no longer needed. Now what? You are most likely going to immediately experience shock and will go into autopilot as you reluctantly leave the premises. Here is what you may experience once you get home. Some take a few days to work through it and others get through it quickly. Everyone is different, but just remember to take the time to understand, acknowledge, and process what you are going through.

The Five Stages of Grief

  • Denial and Isolation
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Once you reach the acceptance stage, you are ready to tackle the job market. The two biggest hurdles of the stages are avoiding putting yourself into isolation and falling into a depression that stymies you getting back into the workforce.

Remember this

You are not alone! LinkedIn is an incredible platform to keep you connected and in charge of your destiny. A good LinkedIn page will get you noticed by recruiters! Make sure you take the time to create a professional and completed profile!

  • Network, network, network! Don’t be ashamed – get the word out – you are on the market, and ready for the next chapter in your life.
  • Update that resume. Resumes are your first interview. Remember to list all your experience, skills, certifications, and degrees. Don’t go into that first interview underdressed!
  • Look at job openings and sign up for job alerts.
  • Update all of your social media sites! If your Facebook profile is a memory lane of a wild Vegas weekend, beer bongs, and crazy nights, you might want to swap it out to something more job search friendly.
  • Avoid dating yourself. You do not need to put the year you graduated high school or college on your resume.  There is debate as to how far back you should go with your career history, but remember this: could you be leaving off vital work experience by only going back 10 years? I personally like to see 15 to 25 years’ experience, where applicable.
  • Above all else, believe in yourself!

Losing a job is extremely stressful and can be life-changing. These are some steps to help you get back into the workforce and on track. It’s okay to have a small pity party, but don’t extend it into a recurring event that overcomes you. Take charge of your life and future. Reinvent yourself if you need to and remember: sometimes a step back will get you five steps ahead.

Pride, ego, and stubbornness are not friends in your job search. Believe in yourself, be humble, take your experience, talent and great attitude and make it happen – I know you can!

If you’re in this unfortunate situation right now, let’s connect! My team and I may be able to help you find your next career move and get you back to work.

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So, A Recruiter Reached Out to You. Now What?

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A strange phone number comes across your phone, so you let it go to voicemail. It’s from a recruiter letting you know about an opportunity that could possibly be the next step in your career.

You decide to give them a call back as your curiosity is peaked and not sure what the next step might be.

They provide you with some information on the job and ask you a few questions and after further discussion, you come to a decision to proceed with the opportunity. It’s part of my job to ensure that you not only have the qualifications they’re looking for but also will be a good fit for both you and the client.

As a recruiter, it’s my responsibility to ensure you have information on the company and the location. If it is a relocation, we will help do a cost comparison for you so you can make an informed decision on if you want to proceed.

So, you submitted my resume. Now what?

Once we submit your resume to the client, we wait for feedback and if I am doing my job correctly, you’ll be getting a first round interview. Depending on the organization and if you are local, this first interview could either be a phone or an onsite interview. At Johnson Search Group, we will provide you with guidance on and walk you through the process of what to expect.

And depending on the type of job and the industry you’re in, you may have other interviews and additional steps throughout the hiring process. Don’t worry. We’ll be here every step of the way to guide you throughout the hiring process to ensure you make the best impression on your prospective employer.

Congratulations, they want to make you an offer!

You did great on your interviews and they want to hire you! If there is any salary negotiation, we will help to ensure you get what was originally discussed. Once we help you get the position, we don’t stop there! We walk you through everything from your potential relocation to you drafting your resignation letter.

Even after you’re hired, we value our commitment to you and we’ll follow up with you. We truly care about you and your career; we want to be certain you like your new position!

Communication

As a recruiter in the healthcare industry, communication is key for both my candidates and clients. If at any time during this process you decide to back out, please tell me. I work hard for you and also my clients to make sure that this position will be a great fit. I would never submit you for a job that wouldn’t be a great fit. At JSG, we’ll never try and put a square peg in a round hole.

The next time you get a call from a recruiter, take a moment and hear what they have to say. It could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Basketball Isn’t the Only Thing Mad This March

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Whether you’re a candidate or client, you can relate the job search to the exciting 18-day roller coaster ride of March Madness. It’s inevitable that when you’re applying for a job, you’re trying to win each step or “game” of getting that offer letter.

The more games/steps in the job process you win, the closer you get to the championship round bracket! Companies and candidates are hoping they both can win in the end. And lucky for you, the only difference between March Madness and the craziness of this candidate-driven market is both parties can win at the end of the day! A candidate finds a job and a company finds a great employee. The main thing is though, you want to effectively navigate the madness of this job market so you can reach the championship round! And whether you’re a candidate or an employer, here’s how you can do it.

Make Job Descriptions Concise and Clear

As a company looking to hire a great new employee, one of the most important things you need to do is find them. The way you can do this is by making your job descriptions concise and clear. It will help you find those winning candidates through the madness of this job market. Make sure to focus on what they will do, the fun things about your company, and of course, the experience and skills they need to have.

Only apply for a job you really want

Being a candidate in this market can be overwhelming. Even though it’s good to see what other opportunities are out there, it’s stressful. There are so many jobs to choose from and it can be hard to narrow down what you’re truly looking for when you’re ready to move. But the first step is knowing what you’re looking for in a new job.

Are you wanting more freedom or maybe a company that has an amazing culture? Are you looking for more money or a different location? These all are questions you need to answer before applying. It will help you weed out the jobs you may like but wouldn’t be a great fit for you. Because let’s be honest, you’re moving because you want bigger and better. Don’t bog yourself down by applying for jobs you wouldn’t absolutely love!

And if you’re having a difficult time finding a job that’s a good fit, that’s where a recruiter, like one from JSG, comes into play. We’ll help you match your skills to a position that you will be successful in!

Make your hiring process quick

When it comes to this tight job market, you have to have a quick process! There are tons of different ways you can do that and sometimes relying on a recruiting firm, like Johnson Search Group, can be the biggest money saver and helping hand you could ask for. An efficient process will prevent your bracket of good candidates from busting and not leave them vulnerable to receiving other offers.

Prepare for interviews

As a candidate, you have to be prepared. Just because you may have a lot of job options, it doesn’t mean you want to slack on being ready for an interview. A company doesn’t have to hire you, even if they may need to. They still have a choice but so do you! So take this time to find out information about the company.

What are their reviews like? Do they have cool accolades? Are they involved in community service? All of these things will help you understand a little bit more about what this company does and how they treat their employees. And remember, in an interview, they aren’t just interviewing you, you’re interviewing them as well.

Find the Best Candidate

After you’ve gone through the madness of resume reviews, interviews, and on-site tours, you’ve probably had the opportunity to find a great candidate; the one you want to extend an offer to because you know they will truly be a great fit and add a great amount of value to your organization. This is the fun part; you’ve made it to the championship!

Find the Best Company

After going through the wringer, you’ve made it! You’re now onto the championship with a company you’ve found passion in. The ball is now in your court and if you say yes, you’re ending this game with a slam dunk!

Today’s job market is overwhelming not only for companies but also for candidates. If you’re struggling to find the right people or the right job opportunity, Johnson Search Group would love to give you an assist in hopes of finding you your perfect matchup!

Get an assist from JSG to help you navigate this crazy job market.

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Social Media: How to Clean up Your Social Media for a Job Search

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Social media sites are a great way to stay connected with others. You can connect with friends, family, and co-workers. Some of which may not even be in the same country as you. But, with that being said, it’s also a dangerous place that can hurt your future job prospects. If you’re not careful about what’s posted on your social media, you may be hurting your job search. Here’s how to clean up your social media to avoid scaring hiring managers.

Why cleaning your social accounts are important

We have a lot of transitions in life. Whether it’s from high school to college or college to our first real job, these leaps are big and make a tremendous impact on our futures. But the maturity and differences in these milestones do impact your future, especially when social media is involved.

Everyone at times forgets that our private lives aren’t so private anymore. Anyone can look you up. And if you’re between the ages of 18-55, a hiring manager probably will find some sort of social media account that is yours… So, you want to ensure you keep your accounts clean of anything that would get you in trouble with a prospective employer.

As we have seen a lot in the headlines lately, past mistakes will come and bite you so trying to avoid making them is essential.

What should go and what can stay

Social media is there to keep you connected and engage with friends and family. However, if a post is controversial you probably shouldn’t engage with it. If you are having a difficult time with this, ask yourself this question: if an employer you really wanted to work with saw this, would they be okay with it? Or would they want to run to find someone else?

Even though our personal social accounts are supposed to be private, that’s not always the case. So being safe and proactive instead of reactive is smart.

Would you want to hire you?

Like I mentioned above, your presence on social media can make or break your chances, especially on LinkedIn. LinkedIn gives you the power to show your professional self and really make a case for who you are as an employee. If you aren’t being professional or lack the knowledge of making yourself shine on LinkedIn, you could miss the opportunity you’ve been searching for.

Which leads to the question: “Would you want to hire you?” If not, make the changes needed on your social media.

Social media is a great space to stay connected but remembering to go through it and clean it up before you head onto your next job search will never hurt. Happy hunting!

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3 Things That Can Help Your Job Search

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Whether you’re a passive or active candidate, it’s important to remain professional and communicative throughout the hiring process. If not, you may be weeding yourself out of consideration before you even have an interview. Here are three things you can do to boost your job search that has nothing to do with your qualifications.

Be Available, Schedule Time

If you’re on the job market while currently working, I know it can be difficult to make time to pursue opportunities and take calls from recruiters and outside sources. When presented a desirable opportunity, it is important to make time for the calls and interviews the recruiters or employers have arranged for you. Due to the high volume of applicants, companies will often move on from candidates based on a missed phone interview. It seems simple enough, but candidates miss interviews every day. In some instances, it’s easy to reschedule. But based on the hiring manager, one missed phone interview can be enough to eliminate you from consideration.

Be Transparent

We often call this “kicking the tires.” If you are presented with an opportunity, be upfront with what you’re looking for in the next position. Location and compensation are often the most critical deciding factors in accepting a new opportunity. If you’re outside of the salary range or not set on the relocation, pursuing the opportunity further generally results in wasting the time of everyone involved.

On the other hand, during the interviewing process, if you’re truly interested in the position, let the company know! If you really like the position, it’s essential to express your excitement throughout the entire process.

Communication

Communication is the most important step in landing a job. We get it, everyone is busy. But making enough time to keep recruiters and HR in the loop can make all the difference. If something comes up and you’re going to miss an interview, just let the recruiter know as soon as possible. Rescheduling an interview is typically a very fixable situation. But without the communication, or when candidates “go dark,” it’s usually the first sign of red flags or commitment issues. And that’s the last thing you want to portray when going through the interview process.

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Personal Brand: How to Promote Your Personal Brand During A Job Search

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There are so many aspects that go into finding a new job. Your job search takes you on a journey that goes through ups and downs but in the end, will help you find a position you enjoy. It takes time and patience to go through each step. And there is one, in particular, that could really help you stand out in front of those companies you interview with: your personal brand. Promoting your personal brand can seem intimidating but it’s all about using the resources you have to help you be successful, not only in your career but also throughout all your job search.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is all about personal brand. It can have an impact on you not only reaching positions you want but also improves your chances of getting an interview with a company you like. All because your personal brand is easy to see and shows companies that you’re a candidate they want. LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to interact with your career, your company, and just get yourself out there, and in the end, that’s all you really want, especially on a job search.

Network

Network with people in your career, school, and co-workers. This will help you gain more confidence in yourself and help you reinforce the personal brand you’re trying to create when looking for a new job. Most of the time when you’re on the hunt, you’re keeping it quiet because you have a current job. Networking is the perfect place for you to feel out what is out there in your career field and see if anyone knows of a job you just can’t pass up.

Keep Social Media Private & Acceptable

Don’t forget about your personal accounts! Which is easy to do in our society today. It’s rare to meet someone between the ages of 20 – 60 who don’t have a social media account. But you need to make sure that what you’re sharing personally is still professional. It’s necessary for you to keep your personal brand in tip-top shape! Future employers will and DO look at your personal social media account. And if you have something that can seem like a red flag, they’ll probably pass on hiring you.

Share Successes

Using your successes as a stepping stone for a personal brand is a great way to show your dedication to your career and the will to always want to get better. Your “reputation,” or personal brand as we’re calling it, is something that should be handled with care but also celebrated, especially on a job search and interviews. When sharing successes, talk about the hard work you did to accomplish it, praise the people who helped you get there, and always be thankful. This will keep you on the right track of being humble and showing prospective hiring managers that you’re a good fit!

Team Player

In my experience, I would say being a team player is instrumental to not only having a strong and liked personal brand but to nailing job searches, and most importantly, interviews. When you focus on what you can do to help others, whether that’s in a job or just your daily life, it says a lot about who you are. Focusing on what you get out of it and what you can do to help others will be a trait that will take you very far in your career. Which is something every company is looking for in a candidate, right?

Overall, when you think about your personal brand, think about how you want to be perceived. In business, your reputation is everything. So be a good person. Do your best to always be respectful, stay true to your word, and make it a point to try and be better every day. If you can follow these points, you’ll you be successful in your job search and reach your aspirations, too.