Do's and Don'ts of Job Searching

March 31, 2012 7:05:44 AM PDT
The economy has left thousands of people with specialized skills looking for jobs. So, how can you prepare for a new job this spring?

Emily Zorza, division director for OfficeTeam, a division of the staffing firm Robert Half International, stopped by our ABC7 studio to go over which jobs are in greatest demand in the Chicago area right now, tips for wearing the right attire during springtime job interviews, and advice to spring-clean your resume.

1. Positions In Demand in the Chicago Market

- Accounting/finance: Financial analysts, business systems analysts, staff and senior accountants
- IT: Network and systems administrators, applications developers and web developers, desktop support and help desk professionals
- Marketing/advertising: UX designers, account managers, brand/product managers
- Legal: Lawyers, paralegals and legal support staff with litigation, bankruptcy/foreclosure, and labor and employment law expertise
- Administrative support: Executive and administrative assistants, human resources assistants, project assistants and coordinators

2. Dos and Don'ts for Dressing for the Job Interview
- DO: Err on the conservative side
- DON'T: Assume you can "dress down," even if a company has a very casual atmosphere

- DO: Test-drive an outfit to ensure it fits well and makes you feel confident
- DON'T: Wear anything that's uncomfortable

- DO: Pay attention to details and conduct a final head-to-toe assessment before leaving the house to ensure everything is presentable
- DON'T: Show up in clothing that is wrinkled, stained or torn

- DO: Choose simple jewelry and be subtle with makeup, perfume or cologne
- DON'T: Over-accessorize

3. Resume Tips
- Cut to the chase
- Tailor the content
- Keep it simple
- Clear the clutter
- Use the right terms
- Do the two-minute test