During your job search, you will find there are several tools you need to be successful in securing a new position. However, there’s more to it than that. It’s important to make sure these essential tools work for you, are up to date and reflect you in the best possible light. Here, we share six essential tools for the job search and what to keep in mind when taking inventory of these tools:
- Computer. Whether you have your own or need to run to your local library to use one, computers have become essential in the job search for everything from finding job postings online, to drafting your résumé, to researching a potential employer. In today’s job market, many health care facilities and hospitals require online applications to be filled out prior to employment, making computers an essential tool for accomplishing this task. Ensure you have access to a computer, and if you’re unable to use your own, have a way to save your work to access it later — whether you choose to use a jump drive, external hard drive or an online service such as Google Docs or Dropbox.
- Email Address. Today’s employers and recruiters use email correspondence more than any other form of communication, so a reliable and frequently checked email account should be one of your essential job search tools. That’s why it’s important for your email address to remain professional. Stay away from addresses such as “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org,” which can be negatively perceived by potential employers. Instead, stick to professional addresses such as your first and last name (for example, email@example.com). You also should check your email regularly so you don’t miss an important follow-up message.
- Phone. Recruiters and potential employers are likely to contact you by telephone to communicate with you regarding a phone screening interview or upcoming in-person interviews, to discuss a job offer or to ask additional follow-up questions. If you use your cell phone as your primary means of communication, be aware of your outgoing voicemail message. Make sure it is clear, professional and to the point. If you have a ringback tone (that is, a song that plays for those calling you), turn it off while you’re on the job hunt. It is important to remain as professional as possible in all of your communications with a potential employer.
- Career Catalog. For radiologic technologists, a portfolio can be an essential part of demonstrating your imaging skills and abilities. The career catalog can also provide a place to keep important documents, such as continuing education information, school transcripts, awards, additional certifications and other materials that a potential employer might want proof of as the hiring process moves forward. Read more about how a good portfolio puts you ahead of other applicants,
- Interview Attire. When embarking on a job hunt, you never know when you will have the opportunity to meet face to face with a hiring manager, so have at least one interview-appropriate outfit ready to go. Not sure what constitutes an appropriate interview outfit? We’ve got you covered.
- Reliable Transportation. If you reside in a larger city, you might not have access to a personal vehicle, so public transportation becomes your main way to get around town. However, trains and buses can be delayed at times, making it difficult to plan your arrival time. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going, and have a back-up plan in case of an emergency.
Job seekers only need a few essential tools for their employment quest, but these are all important to achieving the best possible first impression and level of professionalism that employers expect.