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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.

Thinking of leaving your job? How to start your job search

Job Search Steps

You are comfortable and feel secure in your job. The working environment is good, you get along and like most of your co-workers, and your salary is not bad at all. You understand and have adapted to your boss’s management style. But your little voice and gut are telling you that this job is not what you want to be doing for the rest of your career. Yes, it is very easy to be risk averse and accept the stability of your job, your bonus is coming up soon and you have no energy or desire to spend long nights preparing cover letters and searching the job listings.

Even if you are currently comfortable in your job but deep down know that you will eventually leave, then it is time for you to start taking baby steps in the direction of something later. This does not mean you need to jump into the deep end and search for a new job. There are small things that you can do that are easy and will not take too much time or effort but will help you down the line when you eventually do leave your job.

Here are few suggestions of things you can to start your job search and find that dream career:

Arrange informational interviews – Lunch breaks are for grabbing a sandwich and surfing through your Facebook and Twitter account. You can also use this time to catch up with friends and old co-workers and people you have met through your job. These meetings can be fun and put you on the radar for when you actually do start your job search and use your network, the best starting point.

Personal insight and analysis – Take the time to sit down and undertake a personal audit of your skills, hopes, and desires. Then try match these with a job and career. A good starting point is just by to talking to people in different career fields about their jobs. Ask questions about the pros and cons of the job. You can also set up informational interviews with current employees of other companies. Make a list of companies that excite you and take note of all potential roles. The number of potential roles will get smaller as your job search progresses.

Maximize your current job – When you start getting back into the job search you will discover and hear about skills and responsibilities employers are looking for. There is no better place than your current job to try improving your skill-set. Does your company offer training programs? Is there a conference where learn something new and network? Are there courses you can take to upgrade your skills? Is there a special project or initiative you’ve been interested in, even if it’s in a different department or not totally related to your role?

Update your online social media profiles and resume – You might not always be looking for a new job but this does not mean recruiters cannot come to you. So if you want to start putting out feelers, then you need to take some time to update your LinkedIn profile and other social platforms where recruiters can access your details and career information. Update your photo, have a creative headline, compelling and informative summary, and invite people to contact you.

Join online groups and discussions – To gain more insight into different jobs, you can also join online groups and take part in the discussion. Not can you ask questions about specific jobs but it is also a great way to network and broadening your online presence.

Job Fairs – If there are any jobs fairs happening over the weekend, then get dressed and take the time to see what jobs companies are offering. It can also allow you to network and have some informal discussions with company representatives.

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.

How To Follow Up On Your Job Application

Follow up CV

What are the rules when it comes to following up on a resume you have sent out for a job application? Here are some tips and advise on how to follow up after you have sent your CV to a potential employer. Be aware that most potential employers will not give you a call or a response to your resume. These tips will not be suitable for every resume but are rules that are good for you to follow.

Use The 1-2 Week Rule

Follow up one to two weeks after you have submitted your resume. That is generally the amount of time most employers take to review all applicants and contact candidates of interest for an interview.

Follow Up In the Morning

Make contact during the early morning hours when you have a better chance of reaching someone before she or he is bogged down with other tasks to do for the day.

Don’t Just Ask If Your CV Was Received

This can turn off an employer and does nothing to distinguish you. Instead, use this chance to distinguish yourself and build rapport. Identify the appropriate contact person and CALL them so you can have a conversation and emphasize your strengths.

This is your opportunity to impress them with your insights, knowledge, and intelligence, and they love it when you demonstrate you have researched the company and know a lot about them. For example, “Is this position for the new plant you announced in your latest press release? I should mention I have been the plant manager at two start-ups and beat production goals on both occasions.”

See the difference? Instead of being a nudge, you have reinforced your value proposition to the firm. It might make all the difference.

Following up is an opportunity to bring your candidacy to the top. Use these tips to help you stand out from the crowd.

9 Reasons Why You Need a CV

Resume

During a job search, your resume plays a major role. It provides proof that you’re capable of doing the job. However, having a resume even if you’re not looking for a job is also important. Here are nine reasons why you need a resume, even if you have a job:

1. To Ensure Client Loyalty – Clients and customers are always on the lookout for a better, quicker, more attractive response!

2. To Attract New Clients or Customers – Whether the plan is growth, replacing clients lost through attrition, or just ensuring a fair share of the American Pie, everyone needs new customers.

3. To Improve or Maintain Status in an Industry or Field – Visibly impressive qualifications communicated well and often ensure that few people will have ill words to speak.

4. To Provide Job Security – If changes need to be made, a manager will be less likely to delete someone who clearly has the skills, knowledge, and ability to do the job.

5. To Obtain a Raise – Not only will an updated resume provide the needed justification, but also it gently reminds the boss that you are a well-qualified employee that would be sought after by competitors.

6. To Confirm Self-Worth – A resume is a great way to sit back and look objectively at oneself to see what others may: A pat on the back if done correctly!

7. To Identify Gaps in Skills, Knowledge, or Abilities – No one wants to have to look for work because they lost their job. Be prepared, keep a current resume, and keep skills current.

8. To Find a New Job – Change is sometimes forced on a worker.

9. To Find a New Opportunity – A visible resume posted online or shared among a network of trusted friends or colleagues could open doors to opportunities not recognized