A Guide to Job Searching
While it is difficult to search for a good job, ultimately it 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 why they should pick you over other applicants. How can you stand out from the crowd?
Take time to make a great CV and cover letter. This is very important since it is the one that introduces you to your potential employer, and your aim is to impress them. If it fails, don’t let it bring you down too much. Take the rejection and move on.
You can try these things if you are searching for a job.
Join Linkedin. This will look great to employers. Join discussion groups for the industries you are interested in and start building your social network to keep updated for the latest job offers. If you follow companies that you like and comment on their posts, then this is one way to get noticed. Ensure that the comments that your posts are just professional ones.
There are companies that hire people upon the recommendation of their trusted employees. Ask friends and family who work in industries that you would like to work in. Your friend or family member can inform you about vacancies in their company and if they can recommend you, then you have gotten an advantage over your competitors.
While job listings are helpful, don’t stick to it. Don’t focus on vacancies but rather on companies. Your interest in the company will show in what you say when you apply for a job there. But you don’t completely reject job listings. You can send a CV and cover letter to a company that has openings even if the role is not suitable for you. Who knows? The company may be expanding and will soon need employees with your skills. So show them what you have got with your CV and cover letter.
You can also look for unfamiliar jobs that are available but you need to research on this and perhaps you will be interested to try them out. In this less traditional career path you will have less competition and there will be more opportunities that can help expand your horizons.
The way you handle the application process will give potential employers an idea of what kind of worker you are. It is good to know more about the company through research before applying for a job. You should be seen as someone who understands the company and what they do.