Day 20: Organization
  Organization is the key to survival both in your job search and when you have a job. As mentioned in the notepad section, taking note of important meetings, interviews, and steps taken throughout you job process is critical to keep your information organized. With various copies of your resume and cover letters, it is crucial to organize your job search materials so you spend more time looking for jobs than looking for your materials.   One important way to stay organized is to have a to-do list. Though we already covered the need for this item in a job search, it’s worth noting again. Itemize all of your items you need to do in your job hunt to apply for specific job or prepare yourself for an interview. Once you go through the entire list, implement another to-do list for your next application or upcoming interview. Nailing down this process allows you to have that much more time to focus on acing that next interview or attending networking events to land an interview....
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Day 19: Notebook
You will need to remember many things to have a successful job search. It is critical to take notes. This advice goes well beyond your job search into your eventual job. Always have a notepad and pen ready to copy down notes from a presentation or meeting. Some find this as the best way to manage their daily to-do list. It’s honestly what you make of it. For a job search applicants are constantly sending out resumes and applications that it may become confusing what and where they applied. Taking note of where you applied and for what is super important. As you progress in your search, continue to take note of the status of various applications. Note the recruiters and hiring managers you’ve met with and if you have followed up. This entire process should ensure that you do not lose your way during your job hunt.   
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Day 18: Specific Job Research
  After researching the company as a whole, a good practice is to see what types of specific job details you can research. For instance, what is the company’s organizational structure and how does that affect the position you are applying for. Each company uses various terms to denote rank weather its assistant, manager, director, or VP. The titles and how they all work together varies from company to company.   Similar to what we mentioned for the cover letter, Identify the pain points for that specific team within the organization if the information is available. For example, if you applying for a social media marketing position with a company look over their social media presence, what their respective brand is, and how they can better optimize social media. A simple way to find some of the pain points are to look at the job description and see what duties the job is looking for. While in some cases it’s hard to assess what each company does well or not if the work is not...
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Day 17: Company Research
Why should you bother to learn about a company you’ve sent an application to? After all, they’re the ones that should be researching you, right? Wrong.   Nothing makes a better impression on an interviewer than being familiar with the company. In fact, you are quite likely to hear the question, “What do you know about us?” during the interview. If you can come up with some ready answers to that question, you’ll demonstrate that you’re genuinely interested in working for them.   Every time you apply for a job, take 5 or 10 minutes to dig up a few facts about that business and jot them down in case you make it to the interview stage. If these facts are things that interest you personally, you’ll be more likely to remember them and discuss them enthusiastically during the interview. For example, if you’re into preserving the environment, in what eco-friendly efforts does the company engage?   Fortunately, with the internet at your disposal, it has never been easier to access...
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Day 16: Mentor
  Even after graduating school, you never stop learning. In fact, many might argue you learn more on the job than you ever did in the classroom. Regardless to which school of thought you subscribe, you need to constantly be learning new things to stay competitive in the job market. A great way to always stay up-to-date on all the new happenings in your perspective industry is to find a mentor.     This person could be a family member, close family friend or someone you meet a networking function. Don’t reach out to a complete stranger seeking mentorship. Try and find a mutual person that can introduce you to that person instead; it makes the process a lot less awkward. In the meantime, share that prospective mentor’s thoughts and content online. Chances are he or she is a thought leader and shares his or her ideas online. Follow share their ideas. Sooner or later they will notice who is a strong advocate of their ideas and work.     There is no definitive criteria that...
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Day 15: Attitude
  The way you approach your job search can greatly affect your results. It is said that some of the most successful people are not the most talented but are those that work the hardest. The attitude and mindset they bring to their work nearly always overcomes the people who are just innately gifted.   This daily post is not a declaration that jobseekers have to be bubbly and over-the-top when at networking functions or at the interview to land the gig. Your mindset determines how far you’ll go. The path to a job is not a straight line. It usually involves many roadblocks impeding your progress. Don’t be easily discouraged by not landing any interviews. Continue to network and explore more opportunities.     Use the tools you’ve learned throughout the networking portion of the #30DayJobChallenge to keep your job search on track. You will face numerous obstacles and rejection, so a positive mental attitude is imperative in your job hunt.   The challenge is halfway done....
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Day 14: Etiquette
  The manner in which you present yourself speaks volumes about you as a person and future employee. Etiquette encompasses many practices necessary for any jobseeker looking to land a gig. Giving a proper handshake, how to dress for any occasion, and conduct yourself in a professional setting.   Here are a few etiquette tips you can test out at your next networking event.   Always allow the person of higher rank or the event host to initiate a handshake. Do not cross your legs. It may be a force of habit, but some can find it rather distracting. If you’re having a lunch meeting, do not take leftovers home. You are there for business Make sure to always confirm a dress code for any event or interview.     There are so many small tips that it’s hard to possibly cover each point. We found a great overview from LiveCareer.   We will be covering other etiquette topics in the coming days. You’ll soon learn how to dress to impress, write the perfect thank you letter...
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Day 13: Elevator Speech
    Giving a good elevator speech provides someone with two things, it tells them that you can think on your feet, and understand the needs of the job and company you're interviewing for. Read through the following tips and you'll see what we mean.   Be prepared. Hesitating or stammering through your speech will give the impression that you lack awareness both of yourself. Memorize an opening statement that you can deliver quickly and confidently.   Keep it short. We believe your first response should be no longer than a TV commercial: 30 seconds. If the interviewer wants you to go into more detail about a particular point, he/she will ask.   Make it all about them. Remember, you're there to sell yourself as the answer to their problem: which candidate will be the biggest asset to their company. Information about your childhood, family and leisure activities is not relevant to that mission.   Explain HOW you are the answer to their problem. Highlight your...
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Day 12: Business Cards
  Business cards are a must have for anyone starting out in a job hunt. If you are new to a certain area, fresh out of school, or just attending a lot of networking functions, you should have business cards. They are a piece of your soul that you’re giving to someone else. Make sure the design and information represents you in the most authentic form.   They are pretty inexpensive if you know where to look. A great distributor of business cards in VistaPrint.com where you can get 500 basic business cards for $10. That should be plenty to last you for many networking events. Ensure that you always have some on you at all times. Keep a few in your wallet. You never know who you will meet at any point.   Make sure to include a few things on your business card. Include a working email address, preferably one for professional purposes, and phone number. You must provide a way for people to contact you in a quick way. Also, include a link to an website, online portfolio, or...
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Day 11: The Handshake
  The beginning of any good business relationship starts with a handshake. It’s not just any old handshake; it must be firm- just not too firm.   Tip 1: Don’t have such a firm handshake that you hurt the other person. This may sound silly, but some people overcompensate thinking that the firmer the handshake the more professional he or she is. That fact is no one was impressed when your handshake crunched their fingers.   Tip 2: Conversely, a handshake can not be too limp either. Often referred to as a “deadfish”, this type of handshake leaves a lackluster first impression. Don’t daintily extend your hand and barely shake the other person’s hand. It can come across as shy. Be confident!   Tip 3: Make sure to have a free hand, preferably your right hand if that’s your dominant hand. Too often people are carrying around resumes and portfolios that they are not prepared to shake someone’s hand.   The key to a perfect handshake is all in the practice. Make it a point in...
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