Five Key Strategies To Job Search Success
Do you want to stand out from the crowd and get the job offer of your dreams? Check out the top job-seeking skills you need to know for a successful job hunt! Title photo: Freepik stock image.
Job hunting is exciting but, in a time of rapid global change and growing competition, it can feel quite challenging. Your resume is updated and you have an active professional presence, what more can you do to get hired?
Here are a few practical tips from the top-selling book for job seekers, written by Richard N. Bolles, called ‘‘What Color is Your Parachute’’ to help you succeed in your job hunt.
#1 Make a Self-Assessment
A common mistake job seekers make is skipping a self-assessment and diving straight into research on the job market. While it is tempting to find out what jobs are out there, this information will not help you if you do not understand yourself first. Knowing what you want in a position will make the entire process easier and give you more confidence in your decisions.
Take time to reflect on your preferred working conditions, location and salary expectations. Make a list of your values, skills and accomplishments and refer to it often – this will help you write cover letters, prepare for interviews and remember why you are an attractive candidate.
#2 Search for Your Dream Job
Job seekers can get sidetracked from their dream careers by applying for the wrong jobs. Try to be selective and focus on jobs you can do but also on jobs you would love to do. Apply immediately for positions that you find interesting and that are a good match. A proactive approach is vital when job seeking.
#3 Use Your Connections
One of the most effective ways to get hired is through contacts. Make an effort to build your network and connect with people in your industry, either in person or online. This will increase your chances of meeting someone who could help you get an ‘‘in’’ to a company or give you insight into an industry or position.
#4 Remember to Follow Up
It makes a huge difference to follow up after an interview with a thank-you note. A short email thanking the interviewer for their time will leave a good impression and remind them of how interested you are in the position. Most applicants don’t bother to send thank you notes, but those who do have a higher chance of getting hired.
#5 Stay Positive and Persevere
One can easily feel discouraged during a job search, especially after a long period of unemployment. Having a positive outlook will help you stay motivated! Rejections are a natural part of the job-hunting process, so be prepared to get turned down. Keep track of your progress and the effort you have made so far. Celebrate each small victory and remind yourself that you are one step closer to a job offer.