A Guide to Job Searching
Hunting for a job is a tough thing to do, but it really all depends on your approach.
When you apply for a job, you are actually selling yourself to a potential employer. You should be able to answer a potential employer when they ask you why they should choose you for the job. You should be able to put yourself above the rest.
Creating a great CV and cover letter is very important. When you are making your CV and cover letter, make sure that it is something that will make the potential get to know you better and be impressed by it. If it fails, don’t let it bring you down too much. Take the rejection and move on.
Here are some useful approaches to your job search.
Join Linkedin. Employers consider those who are part of LinkedIn. If you are interested in certain industries, join their discussion groups and start building your social network so that you are updated on job offers. You can also get noticed by following great companies that you like and commenting on their posts. Make sure that you make professional comments on these posts.
Most companies hire people who their trusted employees can vouch for. If you want to work for a certain company and you have a friend or family member working there, then you can ask them for job openings. You will know about vacancies firsthand and if you are recommended by your friend and family, then you have an advantage over your competitors.
While job listings are helpful, don’t stick to it. Focus on specific companies rather than vacancies. When you apply with this company, you already have an interest in it that will show in what you say. You can also actually use job listing if you don’t find vacancies in companies that you visit. If you see openings in a company that you like but the roles are not suitable for you, then send them a CV and cover letter anyway. You will never know when that company will be needing people with your skills. Your great CV and cover letter will show them what you’ve got.
Research on jobs that are unfamiliar but may be the something that you would be interested to try out. If you choose a less traditional career path, you could have less competition and you might find more opportunities available if you expand your horizons.
How you handle the application process will give potential employers an idea of what kind of worker you are. Don’t apply until you have researched about the company. You can benefit from understanding the company and what they do.