Finding a job is a full-time job and in the current economic time, the search is getting harder day by day. Whether you are a first time job seeker, thinking about changing careers, or re-entering the job market after a period of absence; there are a few basic thing you need to do to fond your next dream job.
Searching for a new job is hard work. In fact, it can be the toughest job you’ll ever have. The key to job search success is to treat the entire process like a business. Finding a job takes two basic tasks. One you need to understand yourself and two, you need to understand the job market. There are times when you apply for job but cannot understand why you were not called back for a second interview. You might think you have done everything right but have no idea what went wrong.
There are a few common job search techniques that most people use over and over because they think it is the right way to go about finding a job. However, in reality, these strategies actually might be the problem and actually preventing you from receiving that call for a job interview.
Here are a few techniques to help you find a job and actually getting the position:
- Figure out exactly what you want to do. Start by taking some time to understanding your interests, skills, accomplishments, experience, goals, and values.
- Don’t think that applying for as many jobs as you can will land you a job. It is not a numbers game.
- Create a short list of job opportunities and only apply for the most relevant ones.
- Manage your job search by taking the time organize the entire job search process. Make use of the many free tools that are available to help you plan and manage your job search.
- Target the job you are looking for and try to match your skills, interests, and values with the right career choice.
- LinkedIn is a powerful tool to easily connect with the right people.Spend some time to update your LinkedIn profile and search for the right target market based on your industry, qualifications, university and interests, and connect with the people who interest you.
- Networking is the best way to find a job and would be the center of your job search strategy. Tell your friends, trusted colleagues, and even relatives that you looking for a job, and to keep their eyes and ears open for any opportunities.
- Connect with your alumni, go to meetings and grow your network.
- Don’t wait for the job to come running to you. Be assertive and proactive and start knocking on doors and making some cold calls.
- When sending our your resume, make sure to include a brief and concise cover letter that clearly explains how you qualifications and skills match the job requirements.
- Seek out professional help via employment agencies who can also provide excellent leads for you.
- Contact some local headhunters who generally work directly with senior-level professionals and management.
- Look for local events hosted in your area hosted by charities and professional organizations and make sure you talk to at lest one person at every event.
- When you find a job listing that suits you, don’t waste time and send out you application ASAP.
- When you do land an interview, make sure you prepare for the interview and know how to provide great answers to common job interview questions.
- Search job boards. Many companies and recruiters use job boards to post opportunities and to find the right candidate.
- Be flexible and be prepared to take a temp job. It is also a great way to learn new skills, gain experience, and earn money while looking for a permanent position.
- Keep detailed records of all the applications you send out, including communications, interviews, referrals and follow-up actions. It helps to build a network of valuable contacts.
- Job hunting is a difficult process and avoid getting discouraged. Stay positive and look at your job search as a challenge.
- While looking for a job you might realize that you are lacking a few skills. So while you are searching for a job it might be a good idea to take a short courses and upgrade your skills.