When you are out of a job, looking for work can easily become a stressful, full-time search. Getting a job over other qualified candidates is never a guarantee, but following these job search tips will improve your chances.


Attitude is one of the most important influences for job-seekers. Employers want people who are energetic, positive and optimistic about the future.

When you are out of work, you may very well be in a negative state of mind, but work hard to stay positive, and at the very least, inflect positivity in your actions and attitude whenever you are around possible business connections, and especially the staff at a company you interested in.

It can be hard to stay positive if you’ve been looking for work for months and had many interviews that didn’t pan out, but allowing a disaffected attitude to creep into your demeanor will hamper your job search and interviews.

Don’t act desperate to get a certain job, even if you are; employers want to hire people who seem confident and seem to have many options.

Vary your Approach

When the job climate is tough, it’s not enough to look for a job using one or two channels and expect employers to come to you with offers. For instance, the internet is a powerful job search tool that also allows you to post resumes and edit resume online for prospective employers, but even if you use several different job search websites, you shouldn’t limit your search to the internet.

Attend local job fairs and networking events in your field whenever possible. Also try cold-calling companies you’re interested in. You might not be that likely to get a job through a cold call right away, but it might put you on the company’s radar, and allow you to put your name or resume in the company’s files as someone to call when there’s an opening.

It is also important to get together with friends and business contacts in your industry as often as possible. Many jobs are secured through networking and personal connections, so keep your job search in the thoughts of friends and colleagues by staying in touch.

Little Things

When searching for a job, little things can make a big difference, so it is important to make the little things work in your favor. Always dress well when meeting with potential employers, and arrive to meeting locations and interviews early.

If you are too early, read or find another way to use some time before going into the interview. Always thank people for their time after interviews; it can be a nice touch to send a thank-you note to executives and interviewers as well.

Be clean-shaven and get plenty of sleep before interviews, and make sure you are clean and don’t have smelly breath or body odor. Don’t complain or make excuses about anything, even if you have valid complaints or excuses.