Job search starts long before the interview with HR-managers and your future chiefs. It is a long and laborious process that includes training and even ongoing activity because it gives a new experience and therefore a new feature in the CV.
For making a success of your job search you must consider many important components. Here you can find some useful advice.
1. Imagine that your job search is your work.
Job search should be taken seriously, it’s not just web-surfing and e-mailing. Job search is a business project: with a specific goal, objectives, milestones and implementation time.
Set yourself a deadline, proceed systematically and progressively, give the job search tree hours a day minimum.
2. Never stop learning
Knowledge and skills are always an advantage. You must master some essential for a new job skills before you start competing with other applicants. While studying a lot of vacancies you may notice what qualities of candidates are in demand nowadays.
Try to analyze if you have developed these qualities to a really high level.
Or, perhaps, you should learn something new for yourself?
3. Analyze your limits
Try to show maximum objectivity while identifying your value as an employee. When you find attractive vacancy, ask yourself: do I really meet the requirements? Or I still need to work on myself to get this job?
Don’t overestimate yourself. And don’t underestimate either. The vacancy must satisfy your wishes. Sometimes all those long waits of invitation to the interview (when the job search drags on) make you depressed: and you are willing to accept lower wages and worse working conditions.
Don’t allow anxiety to damage such an important aspect of your life like work. It is better to spend a little more time searching for a job than to get an unwanted position.
4. Make a proper CV
Your resume should represent something bigger than just a list of previous jobs and positions. Focus on real achievements and qualities that can interest a potential employer. A successful CV is always clear and well structured, not longer than two pages and includes only the most important and relevant information.
This document is designed to show your value as an applicant and not to tell the whole story of your life. So when you write about your hobbies or qualities make sure it will be work related.
5. Be ready to work on your CV
There is no such thing as a generic CV. Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don’t have to rewrite the whole thing, just adapt the details so they’re relevant.
Create a CV specifically for each vacancy. When you’ve established how you can match each requirement, show that. Every CV you send to a potential employee should be tailored to every special role.
6. Use all your contacts
Use all the job search channels you have: newspapers, Internet, employment agencies and your own contacts, of course. Don’t be shy to ask friends for a help. Everyone of us is an expert in some field – you just need to find those people who need such an expert.
And any contact may be useful. Be proactive in you communications. Don’t forget that even the occasional conversation may be a chance.
7. Make a good first impression
That means you must write an intelligent and error-free cover letter and be extremely polite and passionate at the same time while speaking with HR-managers by phone.
Obviously, making a good impression is essential because it is almost impossible to overcome a negative first impression.
8. Sell yourself at the interview
Do not neglect your appearance, the clothes should fit the occasion. Greet your interviewer with a smile and eye contact. Answer questions properly, don’t hesitate, be positive, be prepared to personal questions, remember your body language and manners, show energy, passion, proactivity, but be careful with jokes, not all the people have the same sense of humour as yours.
9. Do the research work
Collect the maximum amount of information about the company. That will help you to build a dialogue and to show your better qualities. Your goal is to convince the employer that you are the most suitable person for the position.
And don’t be afraid to ask questions. That will show your motivation and passion to that job.
10. Don’t give up
Every failure is an opportunity to see where and how you can be more efficient. Continuous improvement is a key to your job search success.