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 a potential employer when they ask you why they should choose you for the job. 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. Accept the rejection and look for some other place to apply.
Below are some useful approaches to job hunting.
Joining Linkedin can benefit you much. 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.
Most companies hire people who their trusted employees can vouch for. 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. 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.
Look for jobs outside of job listing. Focus on specific companies rather than vacancies. 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. Even if the company that you like has openings for positions you are not qualified for, send your CV and cover letter anyway. Who knows? The company may be expanding and will soon need employees with your skills. If you make a great CV and cover letter, then you can show them what you’ve got.
There are many unfamiliar jobs that are available but you need to research on and maybe you would interest to try them 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.
Potential employers will get an idea of what kind of worker you are by how you handle the application process. Don’t apply until you have researched about the company. You should be seen as someone who understands the company and what they do.