A Guide to Job Searching
Your approach is very important when looking for a job and it will help you despite the difficulty in finding one.
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. You should be able to put yourself above the rest.
Take time to make a great CV and cover letter. 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. Failure is part of the process so don’t take it to heart too much. Take the rejection and move on.
Below are some useful approaches to job hunting.
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. Profesional comments are very welcome on these posts.
There are companies that hire people upon the recommendation of their trusted employees. Perhaps you have a family member or a friend who works in a company that you want to work in; you can ask this friend or family if there are job openings in their company. You will know about vacancies firsthand and if you are recommended by your friend and family, then you have an advantage over your competitors.
Don’t just stick to job listings. 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. Job listings are still helpful though. Even if the company that you like has openings for positions you are not qualified for, send your CV and cover letter anyway. Take your chance, they may still have jobs that are for people with your skills. If you make a great CV and cover letter, then you can 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. Research about the company before making your move. You should be seen as someone who understands the company and what they do.