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Effective strategies and techniques to find a job

Job Search Steps

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.

Social media mistakes hindering your job search

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Do you know that the majority of recruiters now use social media to review profiles of potential job candidates before hiring. Over the last decade recruiting has changed dramatically and it is safe to say that today most recruiters will have a social media presence.

The use of social media platforms in the recruiting process is probably not a big surprise and it is the responsibility of any person looking for a job to make sure that their social media profile is up to date and creating a good impression. It is a fact that many recruiters have turned away potential job candidates because of something they have found on a persons social media profile.

Here are few social media practices to avoid ruining your chances of finding that dream job:

Stop complaining and grumbling – If you constantly complain across different social media platform about different things can give the impression that you have a negative attitude and perspective. Would you like to work with someone who is constantly complaining and effecting morale.

Never post inappropriate photos and images – Never post photos that could put you in a bad light or give a negative impression about you, for example, partying and alcohol consumption, nudity, or even holding a weapon in an irresponsible manner.

Always have a professional photo – Profiles with a photo are eleven times more likely to be viewed. Upload a professional headshot with face clearly visible.  Upload a professional headshot with your face clearly visible.

Never criticize you boss – One of the most stupid mistakes to make on social media is to complain and posting negative comments about your current or former employers. This is a sure sign of lack of professional discretion and loyalty.

Make your profile stands out – Make sure your profile is up-to-date, a powerful headline, and all supporting details that differentiates you from other candidates. Your online profile needs to grab the attention of recruiters so that they don’t just pass you over and go to the next profile.

Have an active LinkedIn account – Rather than just creating a profile and connecting with people, it is better to be active and participate in relevant groups, comment on articles, and create a name for yourself.

Always wait for the final whistle before celebrating – If you have been called for a job interview, always keep feeling about how the interview went private. Never assume or portray on that you have landed a job before receiving the confirmation call from the recruiter.

Questions to ask before accepting a job

Job offer questions
In the current job market just being offered a job – your dream job or not – is exciting, however you need to take the time to ask yourself if this is the right position for you. Are you accepting an offer and selling yourself short before you know the details what the the job offer, the role, or the the company.

Before accepting any job offer it is important to take the the time and sure the job meets your needs and is the right position for you. Understandable, the job searching process can be extremely stressful and slow; and you might feel compelled to accept the first offer out there. Even in this situation you need to make sure you it is right for you. You don’t want to put into the ‘job hoppers’ club.

From the get-go, you need to do a self-evaluation and know what you want and truly explore if the job position will satisfy your desires and career plan. Here is a list of questions (not all) to consider before accepting any job offer.

  • Is this a long-term career move? If this is a short-term career move?
  • Does this position challenge my mental abilities?
  • Am I capable of, and comfortable with, doing the tasks for which I would be responsible?
  • Do I fully understand the expectations of the role?
  • Will the company provide me with the necessary resources to be successful?
  • Does this position utilize my talents and skills?
  • Will I be proud to be associated with the company’s brand, product and/or services?
  • Does the company culture appear to be in line with my values?
  • Is the office location a comfortable distance from home? Will the commute potentially be a problem and if so, how will I overcome it?
  • Have my interactions with other employees been comfortable and friendly?
  • Can you see yourself fitting in and getting along with other employees socially?
  • Does my direct supervisor appear to be a supportive individual from whom I can learn?
  • Is the work environment conducive to my own work style?
  • Will job role fulfill you professionally and satisfying?
  • Will the pay package satisfy your desirable lifestyle. If not, does it have the potential to in the future?
  • What exactly is included in the benefits package?
  • What is covered in the health insurance package and when does insurance plan begin?
  • Is dental covered under health insurance plan?
  • Are there any gym membership discounts  or other perks?
  • Does the company offer Life or long-term disability Insurance?
  • How much paid vacation do you receive per year. Is it accrued over time? Does it carry over to next year? What if you don’t take leave, how will you be compensated?
  • Do you receive any sick or personal days?
  • What if about religious holidays? Are these days part your annual leave?
  • Does company offer cell phones or are you reimbursed for calls on your personal phone?
  • Will you be given fuel allowance if you drive to work? will you be compensated for using public transport?
  • What are the office hours? Are hours flexible? Can you work from home?
  • Do your receive overtime pay?
  • Do you offer a stock/equity package? What are the details?
  • How do you get paid, weekly, monthly?
  • How are bonuses calculated?

Most important, will this job offer advance your long-term career plan and satisfy your personal needs.

Questions that will help you find your dream career and job

Career Choices and Options

Yet another rough day at the office and you call a friend. While talking about your uninspiring job and how you feel lost in your career path, your friend asks you directly what you going to do? At first you don’t have an answer and think to yourself; if only I had the answer to that question… if only the answer was that easy.

Choosing the right career or a new career, whether it be a dramatic 180 degree turn or simply a minor shift, can at the best of times feel downright impossible. There are so many options available and variables to think about. You might feel that you do not know what you a re qualified to do. You have been so absorbed in your current job and worried about your career that you have not been able to take the time to actually sit and consider what you would rather be doing or what options lie in-front of you. And when you do start to think about it, you feel the sweat building on your forehead and your brain just freezes. All you feel is overwhelmed by the whole career path and option topic.

Most of us have felt and been through the same experience. There are no shortcuts to the right answer or choice when it come to a long term career. Planning a career change or shift can be very stressful and overwhelming. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you in your search for the right career. Take the time, outside of your current job hours, when you feel relaxed and fill in the blanks to the sentences below:

1. If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.

2. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do ____________. It’s interesting to me because ____________.

3. If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try ____________, because ____________.

4. If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in ____________, because ____________.

5. My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at ____________, because ____________.

6. The thing I love most about my current job is ____________, because ____________.

7. If my boss would let me, I’d do more of ____________, because ____________.

8. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.

9. When I retire, I want to be known for ____________, because ____________.

When you have completed filling in the missing words, sit back and look at your comments and answers. From what you wrote down you might find that there is once central them or pattern. For example, everything you write down on the list is angled towards designing and decorating spaces. At the very least you will notice a common theme. Perhaps it is creativity, or caring for other, or social responsibility. This will not direct you to one single career path, however, it will help to guide you and identify what you value in life. It will help you discover what brings joy to your life. It will help you find out what you want others to see in you and what you will be known for. This is a great way to start honing in on what to do next; and most of all be able to eliminate some possibilities and choices you thought you had.

When deciding on anew career path or choice, steer clear of your fears and insecurities about your current skillets. Don’t let your current skills or lack of skills hold you back. Sure, if you are web developer, for example, and you are fascinated about food saving; then a career as a professional chef might be a long and difficult road ahead. But never fear, the road might not sen as long as you think. Give yourself the opportunity to pay attention to specifically what about cooking and food gets you so excited and passionate.

There are numerous carer paths that you can take where you can combine your current skills with your passions. By dividing up your interest and passions, you will open up a whole world of possibilities. If you still feel a little overwhelmed and stumped, then try taking to a close relative, friend or mentor. An objective point of view can always assist you to identify interest, passions, and possibilities that you are unable to see.

Always remember that you spend the majority of your day and life at your job. If you are passionate about what you do, it will never feel like a job, rather a way of life.

Top 10 Career Limiting Moves

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It is critical in today’s competitive job market that one is aware of pitfalls that one can avoid.
This list is all about the CLM’s (Career Limiting Moves) that are most common.

1. Lack of Real Insight or Thought, the impact of this leads to situations that exist purely based on the fact some people fail to pay attention to how things work and their own behaviour.

2. Confusing Actions for Results, we get paid, not to show up, but to actually get some type of results. Unfortunately some people think that simply just doing stuff is what it’s all about.

3. Chronic Absence or Tardiness, if you are absent too much or late too much, you won’t be going anywhere because YOU are undependable.

4. Refuse to Admit You Made a Mistake, we all make them. We’re supposed to learn from them. When you don’t admit a mistake, we not only know you’re clueless, we kind of expect you to repeat it.

5. Inappropriate Computer Use, it doesn’t matter if you view porn, check your social media, or shop at work. You’re wasting company resources and it will catch up with you.

6. Not Fitting In With the Culture, you can either change, leave, or get fired if you don’t fit in. There may be companies you just can’t adjust to; be smart and figure that out before it damages your career.

7. Missing Commitments, nothing will destroy trust faster than being habitual at not meeting your commitments. No one will want to work with you and no one will want you to work for them.

8. Sense of Entitlement, people who think the company or boss owes them for simply breathing air at work can be sniffed out quickly. It’s a disagreeable quality. Everyone is expendable.

9. Not thinking Outside the Box, if you can’t think outside the box or won’t do it because you’re too lazy, the boss will find someone who will. “Just” doing your job can be done by hundreds of other people.

10. Bad Mouthing the Boss or Someone Important, you have to assume anything you speak about at work to someone you work with will be shared or spread. Most of the time the “code of silence” simply doesn’t exist no matter how close your relationship is.

There is nothing on this list of career management moves that is difficult to avoid. The people that tend to really kill their chances of going anywhere in their career simply do not think about their environment and their purpose of being employed.