2018 has been a great year to find your dream job! In any industry, Davis Staffing has helped qualified candidates find a great temporary or temp-to-permanent gig. As a massive metropolitan area, Chicago applicants can face an uphill climb attempting to find the right job in a sea of not-quite-right opportunities. This year we’ve assigned hundreds of candidates the right fit with our expert advice and precision placement through Davis Staffing. Looking to simplify your own search? Let’s recap the top career tips for job candidates from 2018.

Be Prepared

Proper interview etiquette is key for a candidate seeking the right position. For example, know that you need to arrive early and be fully prepared, and there are a rare few instances where it is appropriate to reschedule your meeting. Do your research ahead of time – you should know a little bit about the company and the position responsibilities. You also want to look the part: clean and pressed interview attire is a must. Your suit needs to be clean and wrinkle-free, so don’t leave it to the morning of your interview to check your outfit. If you aren’t sure what to wear, talk to colleagues or ask ahead of time what is appropriate. If you’re not sure, overdress. Better to look too professional than too casual in any interview setting.

Go Above and Beyond

Being aware of your strengths and weaknesses makes you a more impressive interviewee. As a candidate, you need to do everything in your power to prove yourself as the optimal candidate. While you job search, take the time to improve your abilities and skills. With resources available online, you can make anything happen. Learn a language, take up coding, or work toward a certification. Any efforts you can mention will show that you are taking an active effort to be the best possible candidate.

Use Your Resources

One of the most critical mistakes job seekers make is only using one medium to find postings. There are so many ways to find the right position for you, and trolling one website hoping for a great position is a major error. Here are just a few of our favorite tools for job seekers:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster
  • Glassdoor
  • Contacting former employers
  • Networking events
  • Your friendly neighborhood staffing agency

Think Locally

Chicago candidates have a number of methods they can use to get ahead. We’ve discussed the importance of thinking outside of the box when it comes to the job search, but be sure to personalize your Chicago search. Check out local spots or go out on a limb and contact the company you’d like to work. They may not have your ideal position open, but maybe something similar is available or you can request that they keep your resume on file.

Find the Best Jobs in Chicago with Davis Staffing

For more job search tips as we head into 2019, check out Davis Staffing. Our website has tons of advice on how to take your search to the next level, so contact us today to find the perfect Chicago job for you.