After being out of work for 18 years, I was horrified to discover the required current course of action for job-hunting. Applying for jobs in person is almost extinct!
Once you post your begin again with the various job sites, your inmail box becomes overloaded with information you may or may not need. You must be careful because people have no qualms about using your personal information for their own gain. You deal with things like: Spam, well-known companies such as Walmart offering money, realtors, auto dealerships and car insurance companies offering deals, companies offering money but in reality are loan sharks, work-from-home jobs that are scams, job hunting newsletters and advice, and jobs sites that lie about helping you get a job but are crooks aggressively pushing you to go to school and applying for student loans. Ignore the phone calls with no identification, the caller will harass you to go to school not help you to find a job.
Begin the job hunting course of action by signing up for free job hunting newsletters. The information is educational and helpful. Study the free advice from specialized begin again and cover letter writers. Jimmy Sweeney is an excellent source.
After you have written your begin again, fill out the required personal information and post it on several job sites. Please observe that the Department of Labor advises to NOT fill out credit bureau request information on pre-employment applications. Those requests should come from the employer in the interview course of action along with criminal background checks and drug screening.
Unless you have recent experience with a specific kind of company, i.e. legal, medical, financial, you need to be prepared for a wide-range of job applications. Before you begin applying for specific job postings online, write 4 or 5 sample cover letters to later be submitted with the proper address information to companies along with your begin again. For example, a cover letter submitted to a financial company will differ from one sent to a healthcare facility.
If you are not getting results from your job search, feel free to change your begin again and cover letters. Since hundreds of people apply for each job posting, you can reapply for open locaiongs with a different approach to the job.
Discouragement and frustration are shared negative feelings. Counteract those feelings with distracting industrious activity, i.e. clean house, do laundry, exercise, window shop, read a book. Then, return to the exhausting and daunting job hunting course of action with a refreshed positive mental attitude.
In the end, patience and persistence pays off.