It’s no secret that looking for a job is about as much fun as a root canal on a Monday morning, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.

When you absolutely must look for a new job, it’s important that you’re armed with some great advice so that you can easily nail the whole process, whether you’re looking for a sales position, want to be a customer service representative, are doing something in tech or strive professionally elsewhere.

Tips for Big Success in the Job Market

The job market’s tough, there’s no joking about it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t land the job you want, it just means you need to be better prepared than ever before. We’ve got four tips to help you navigate those waters, from the moment you put your resume together through the interview process:

#1. Stay focused on your goal. It can be easy to wander off when you’re looking at job ads. You might start out seeking a job working with animals and end up reading ads for circus performers, if that happens, you’ve veered far off course.

It can be tricky to stay focused when you’re doing something as boring as job-hunting, but keep your eye on the prize and laser focus in on what you really want.

#2. Have a goal. Oh, so you don’t really know what you want? That is a problem. Simply getting a job because you want money leaves you missing the best part of working. People work for all kinds of reasons. Some people work for non-profits in order to help make a big difference in the world.

People work in sales to give themselves a non-stop challenge and to meet new people. Customer service representatives get a real rush from actually helping people solve their day-to-day problems. If you don’t have a goal for your employment, you should give it some real thought and consider what it is you want out of your job, beyond a stack of green. That’ll make it easier to find a job that’s a really awesome fit.

#3. Your resume should stress how your skills will benefit company. Your resume and cover letter are sales documents, don’t let anyone ever tell you anything different. If you can’t sell yourself, it’s worth it to pay someone who can. These simple pieces of paper should take all the skills you have and arrange them in a way that makes a convincing argument that your skill set is ideal for the company you’re apply to and will benefit it in some significant way.

#4. At the interview, show real interest in the business. If you get called for an interview, prepare. Don’t just figure out what your weaknesses and strengths are, also go online and learn about the company and the position for which you’re applying.

Write down some questions about the industry or the corporate culture, or even specific questions about how your (hopefully) future position will function. Don’t be pedantic about it, but it’s important to show that you’re interested in the company, know something about the industry and are eager to get to work.

Now you have some really great tips to help you get started. Just remember, above all else, the biggest key to getting a job is to demonstrate your value to the employer. It’s not about you, it’s about what you can do for them. If you keep this in the front of your mind, the rest will follow.

If you are looking for more information on becoming a customer service representative, be sure to visit our Answering Service Job Opportunities page.