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Job Hunting Tips to Help You Land a Job

Published: December 3, 2014 | Updated: September 24, 2020

If you’re serious about finding the right job, then you always must be searching for the right job.  Job hunting can quickly turn into a job in itself. If you are committed and focused, your hard work could land you the career you’ve always wanted!

1. Establish a Routine with Your Job Search

Whether you’re balancing a current job while looking for a new one, or fully focused on the search, job hunting requires a serious commitment. You need to be dedicated and persistent.

No one finds their dream job overnight. Take time every day—whether it’s 10 minutes or 2 hours—to explore various job postings and possible opportunities. Use a variety of resources including contacts you have in your field, employment websites, and professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. Just like any job, a routine will keep you focused on the end result and on track to meet application deadlines.

2. Spend Your Time Looking for the Right Jobs

Focus your job search on the right positions. Submit your résumé to positions you’d only seriously consider accepting. For each position you apply for, ask yourself whether it matches your skills, interests, and career goals. Know your goals and focus your attention on what you want to achieve. It’s all about quality, not quantity. It doesn’t matter how many positions you apply for, but rather how suitable they are to your goals.

3. Consider Job Training for an Edge against Other Applicants

Give yourself an edge over other applicants. Improve your job skills and if needed, get additional training. Consider a career training school that offers a flexible schedule with year-round programs in growing fields. Give yourself the tools you need to keep going through all the highs and lows of job hunting.

4. Confidently Apply to Jobs with Your Resume and Cover Letters

You can’t get hired if you don’t apply! When searching for jobs online, look for the keywords that relate to your expertise or interest in your field. Once you’ve identified a few possibilities, then look into the company mission and see if you think you’d be a good fit.

Always apply with a cover letter and be ready to provide references, even if they don’t ask for them. And while you won’t want to apply to every job that might vaguely work for you, be open to new ideas. An okay job in a great company could lead to a bright future.

Follow up with employers, especially after an interview. If you’re uncomfortable sending a handwritten note, at least send an email. You should send one to each person you met with. It will highlight to employers just how much you appreciated their time and want to work with them.

5. Prepare for Telephone and In-Person Interviews

Your job search will hopefully lead to interviews. Whether it’s a telephone interview or in-person, you’ll want to treat them with the same level of seriousness and preparation. This will help you hit your interview out of the park!

Research the company and position and then prepare for your interview by having sample questions and answers ready in your mind. Practice saying them out loud. Consider the tone of your voice and level of enthusiasm. If it’s in-person, make sure to make eye contact and be honest and confident in your responses. Even if you don’t always get offered the position, interviews are great practice.



Getting results, no matter how small, means your job hunt is successful. Whether you’re receiving responses from recruiters or potential employers or securing interviews, you should see your hard work pay off in some way. Progress is progress, so be patient and eventually you’ll find the right opportunity.

If you’re ready to get started on the path to a new career, check out all that Charter College has to offer. We offer programs in business, health care, information technology, and the trades.