With all the competitions in the job market, job seekers seem to let go of the idea of getting a dream job. We all want a job that excites us, challenges us and pays us what we are worth. Searching for a job can be overwhelming. There is always the feeling to do more in other to be employed. Through daily research, you can make steady progress towards getting a job.
A key way to enhance your job search is to break it down into manageable segments. This supports your impression that you have achieved a lot regarding your journey to getting employed.
Here are a few tips to follow in other to maximise your search for getting your desired job.
This is an essential phase in getting yourself ready for the job. You need to;
- understand your job search criteria,
- prepare yourself,
- learn a new skill if obligatory
- review your résumé by tailoring it to meet the requirement.
While at this, you need to figure out your major priority before submitting the application. By priorities, you need to understand your core interest as a job seeker i.e. the type of organisation, a position that interests you and salary. If you understand this, it will be easier to get opportunities that fit your interest.
Narrow Down your Research
This is a perfect way to kick-start your job search. Always create a new target list of jobs that meet your personal criteria. Through this, you can identify what interests you. Look at your best company list, browse LinkedIn and also ensure your profile is accessible and professionally updated. It is okay to remove and replace companies on your target list, as long as it is an organisation you would like to be a part of.
Pay Attention to Job Description and Review your Résumé
While it is important to go after an organisation that fits your requirement, it is also important to take note of what the organisation wants from you. From this, you get ahead by preventing yourself from being an unlikely applicant for the job. Having several versions of your résumé can be the most efficient way to always ensure it is tailored to fit the experience criteria.
Networking with your friends, contacts and family is vital as not all corporations advertise their vacancy. Networking brings awareness to you because your contacts can let you know when an organisation is having an event. This is beneficial to you as you can let people know that you are job hunting. You can equally ask about vacant positions.
Thank you Email
Be sure to send an email to thank everyone who assisted you through your job hunt process. Ensure that you proofread your thank you note before sending it off. This is important especially if you have successfully had an interview. This email may be the concluding document an employer will review from you before agreeing to employ you. This is also a good opportunity to reiterate your interest in the organisation.
Prioritising quality over quantity on your hunt is significant in other to avoid being rejected or waiting too long.
Here are a few tips to avoid when you pursue your dream job
- Applying Online And Waiting on your Phone To Ring
It may seem like a good plan to wait for a prospective employer to contact you after an application. Strategically, it is not a great plan. This can be a disappointing approach in disguise with no interview invites, call back and response in the end.
Different applicants apply for the same mind-blowing job so; the odds are slim to get a response amidst all those applications. This also means it is challenging for the most qualified applicant to get employed.
Consequently, it is advisable to continuously reach out to the organisation about the status of your application. This way, you are indirectly engaging in a conversation with the organisation and can sell yourself more through this opportunity. It is important to keep the “P” rule in this conversation polite, precise and professional.
- Relying on Just One Job Application
Though, you may have confidence in yourself and that application you have just put in. Do not rely on just one application. Limiting yourself to just an online application is risky.
Relate with people and start finding other ways they can support you. Figure out better ways you can render assistance to whatever business they are into. You can utilise your proficiency by contributing to their success.
This way, you are putting yourself out there and they would equally want to contribute to your own success. This might be what you need to land your dream job.
- Getting Attention For The Wrong Reason
Standing out amongst other applicant is vital when making an application but never do the wrong thing. In this instance, the wrong thing is being extra. You do not want to go overboard by being over-familiar. Do not send spontaneous résumé to the boss along with a box of chocolate, coffee or an overvalued gift. While this may be an innovative way of getting attention, it may not essentially get you what you need. Hence, the employer might get the wrong impression of you. Thus, it may seem like you are trying to bribe your way into the organisation as the employer is trying to make an unbiased evaluation. Your action would rather exasperate the employer.
Subsequently, the better way to stand out is to highlight all your accomplishment; awards, skills, certification and any additional advanced degrees in your résumé.
Creating a cover letter along with your résumé gives more room to highlight this accomplishment.