Finding a job (trabajo), is not easy. You must have a plan in place. Job hunting has to be your job, and you must dedicate to it 24-hours-a day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year. This will help expedite the job (trabajo) search process. There is no time of telling how long it will take you to find a job. Sometimes you have to be at the right place at the right time, when a company is looking to hire someone with your set of skills.

Here are some quick tips that will produce positive results:

Step 1: Update your résumé.  The resume should include, your career objective or position you are applying for, your employment history (list you most recent job first) skills, awards and education. If you are not from the US you might indicate your level of written and verbal proficiency in English.  And if you speak Spanish you should do the same as well.  Make sure you use a conservative font like Arial or Calibri to keep the look clean and professional. Try to make your résumé as short as possible.

Step 2: Update your cover letter. The cover letter should include, the position you are applying for and and supporting details like qualifications. Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes.  Mistakes in your resume – reflect that you just don’t care enough to take the time to proof-read or that you are careless.  Never hand write a cover letter.  And when you do draft a cover letter email or word document, use standard fonts – Arial or Calibri font size 12 are good. Keep the cover letter brief, no more than one page long, and make sure to highlight specifics of why you think you are well suited for that particular company and that particular job.

Step 3: Search for jobs.  You should keep your eyes and ears open and use as many websites as possible.  But when searching for a job (trabajo), don’t just look in the Internet. Be productive and go out and knock on doors and check the newspapers. Carry résumés and cover letters, have them ready to hand out or drop them off.

Step 4: Apply.  When applying make sure you submit your resume and an appropriate cover letter – explaining why you are appropriate for that position and that company.  Keep track of the companies you have applied to and make sure you know something about the company, why you applied, and why you are a good fit.  There’s no worse turn off when a recruiter or hiring manager calls a prospective employee about a job application only to learn that the applicant doesn’t remember or doesn’t know anything about the company.  If you are applying for the job – take an interest!

Step 5: Keep track of phone calls and interviews. Even once you have received a few interviews, don’t give up your job search, keep looking until you have a job offer. Don’t think negative. Don’t stress. Think positive and let the job find you.

The next major step is to find a places where you can apply for a job. Visit YaSabe.com. We are here to help you, YaSabe matches job seekers with local employers (empleadores que hablan español) near you. Don’t delay. If you are a job seeker, please feel free to post what type of job you are looking for here.

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