Essentials for Jobseekers in 4 effective Steps – Step 1
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell
Essentials for Jobseekers. Are you currently looking for a job? This short guide will take you through a 4-step plan to help you handle the jobhunting process in a practical and results-oriented manner. The advice offered has been elaborated from recruitment professional inputs, books written about the subject, websites like Career Builder as well as – most importantly – experiences in the real world.
Step 1: Get Yourself Mentally Ready
How ready are you to attract your new job? Check the below guidelines to begin with:
- Acquire the right attitudes and mindset: if you are discouraged, depressed, hesitant, lost – your attitude, your thoughts, your reactions will reflect them. You need to feel good in your own skin. If this is not the case, deal with your emotional issues first. Look for a counselor – not a coach – whose specialty is the resolution of emotional issues.
- Know what you want: where would you like to be in future? Have you followed your passions as well as the job you have been doing for years? You need to tell a powerful story in your resume and you need to decide upon the positions you want to apply for. If you are not clear in your head, you will lose time in targeting the wrong jobs. Moreover, in following several objectives at the same time – no matter how legitimate they may or seem to be – your efforts will be dispersed which will result in a lack of efficiency. If you are uncertain about which job/industry/company size/company culture is right for you, start with a skills assessment. Skills assessments use testing tools and techniques including career and job fit analysis, career development, personal strengths, leadership styles, job and career change, pitfalls and how to manage them. We also explore and unleash your hidden potential.
- Be ready to dedicate time and effort to your job search: job-hunting success is equal to the effort you put in. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by negative answers or no answers at all! When you apply for a job, one of two things typically happens: either you receive a standard “We’ve received your application and will be in touch shortly” auto-response, or you get radio silence and are left wondering whether your application actually made it into the hiring manager’s inbox. What can you do about it? If the recruiter has indicated a phone number, give the company a call and ask for news about your application. This represents an opportunity to re-emphasize your interest and profile strength for the targeted position. It will also leave you with a first impression of the organization. The recruiter hasn’t left a phone number? No problem! Look for him or her on professional social media. The use of social media has become prevalent in our world today and they make it easy for us to get in touch with almost everyone on the planet. Lastly, spend equal time looking for a job each day, as you might spend doing a job. Looking for a job is a full-time activity and persistence is key.
- Realize you may have to change tactics and experiment new ones: some of the more traditional tactics have started to fade in popularity. The majority of job vacancies are never advertised. To land this hidden job market, networking â€“ both in person or online through social networking sites â€“ can be very effective. Dare asking! You really have nothing to lose. If the thought of networking scares you because you feel uncomfortable in situations where you are expected to be outgoing and make conversation with people you don’t know, get a few coaching sessions to work this out. By expending your communications skills, you will also gain more self-confidence. Referrals from individuals you know can also be very useful. If you already have your dream employer in mind, go directly to the career section of their website and watch for openings. You don’t see any open vacation you could be interested in on their website? Consider cold calling using the telephone or an email. Contact them to find out if they foresee any upcoming vacancies and make sure you attach your resume as well as any relevant files to any emails you send. Work out who the right person is to help you in the company and try and meet them. In the modern job market, finding the very best job opportunities often requires a combination of methods, so don’t be shy to experiment with a variety of techniques. If you are unsure about the strategies you could use to find a job, talk to people who have recently found a job and get inspired. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
- Challenge your personal presentation: is it appropriate for the field: haircut? shave? smart shoes? Is your answer-phone message representing you appropriately? Is your social media profile up-to-date? Provide recruiters and hiring managers with all the information they need upfront by including a link to your – social media – profile on your resume. There are also options available for housing an online portfolio with past work experience, all of your social media accounts, as well as a resume. An about.me page or a personal website are great options for this.
- Read, keep up to date in your field: not only should you do a bit of research on the company’s history and culture but you must also know the latest tendencies in your field. This will make you stand out from the competition.
- Consider a flexible approach: you are in a hurry to find a new job? Focus your search on smaller companies rather than larger organizations. Smaller companies have fewer hierarchical levels and they need to be reactive on the market. Their hiring process is shorter and they will expect you to start as soon as you can. If your financial situation allows, consider volunteer work. Volunteer work is a great way to showcase particular skills, or develop experience in a particular industry. What about selling your skills as a freelance? A part-time or short-term contract can lead to a fixed job if this is your objective.
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