Job search – How and What to Do to result
Job search – How and What to Do to result
Nobody owes you a job. If you desire a good one, you need to get up and go after the job you desire. Spend your time, power and money (even the diminutive you have- can you appraisal how much you spend small, inconsequential things monthly?). Let me add further, most job seekers expect the search to be easy, straightforward and quick; and when things are not going that way, they give up, often too soon.
The moral here is that though you may be unemployed, you still have an occupation: to get yourself a job. You will need to put in all you have . To get a good one takes imagination, initiative and focus. It means that you must be committed to implementing the skills you will acquired, attending seminars, reading relevant books. You know what you want, and must be ready to work for it. Are you?
Job search Fundamentals
The message in the first paragraph is the first of three fundamentals of job search. The No. 2: job-hunting success is directly proportional to the estimate of bright job-hunting effort. The more you try, the more likely you will find the position you want, and fast too.
Even if you are a career/job changer, you need to program and make time out consistently to pursue your search. No. 3: victorious job-hunting requires a willingness to change tactics. If something is not working, move to an additional one strategy. But do you have a search strategy? These apply to every person in the job market.
The first point in your search is to collate your job search skills. You need to gain skills in the following areas: skill analysis, job search strategies formulation, vocation and job goal setting, identifying vocation achievement, writing winning Resume/C.V and application letter, conducting informational interview, job interview and consequent up, job aptitude test etc.
If you don’t have good sufficient job search skills, then do all you can to gain them: read books, attend relevant seminars, get help- from friends, family members, mentors, vocation and job search counselors, professional Resume/C.V writers etc.
Where are the jobs?
I am sure the ask floating in your mind is “where are the jobs? You are already on your way to uncovering the job market. The next step is to analyze the job and business environment. There are opportunities in Education/Training, Agriculture, Accounting/Banking/Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Service, Government, Civil-society/Social/Professional organizations, oil/gas, media/publishing sectors of the economy. All you need to do is to design special interest in exact job market/segment that holds promise and potential of a good job for you. (We will discuss a more approved formula of choosing your vocation in future).
Organize for Job Campaign
Now, get organized for job search. The starting point is skill analysis. Skills are the basal basis of job search. Employers are seeing for unavoidable skills, and the best jobs are those ones where your skills match the needs of the employer. There are 3 types of skills job specific, self-management and transferable skills. You also need to put together an arsenal of accomplishments. This is for those with fairly long working history, highlighting their vocation achievements. You need to understand your strength(s), weakness (es), interests, aptitude and potentials. What would you like to do with your life, all your life?
You will now create a list of potential employers in respect of your chosen job objective. Principal data may be obtained from friends, relations, consultants, vendors, newspapers, trade journals etc. Once you’ve made your choice, go after them- using accepted and unconventional means.
Craft a Grand Strategy
How do you intend to pursue these job opportunities? What is your job hunting strategy? Let me tell you what is working. Or let us start with what have the least opportunity of working.
The 5 most ineffective job search strategies are these:
1. Internet- posting your C.V/Resume on the Internet, and expect potential employer to visit the board/site and make a choice, depending on the match in the middle of your skills and their requirements. It has 4-10% success rate
2. Mailing out Resume Cv to employers at random (Resume blasting). 7% success rate.
3. Answering ads in professional/trade journals. 7% success rate.
4. Responding to Newspaper ads. 5-24% success rate. The higher the salary/position, the lower the success rate
5. Using employment agencies, 5-28% success rate. Again, the higher the salary/position, the lower the success rate
Now, the best 5 ways to search for a job:
i. Ask for job leads from family, friends, population you know, etc – “Do you know of any job at the place where you work, or elsewhere?” 33% success rate
ii. Knocking on the door of any employer, factory, office etc, whether they are known to have vacancy or not. 47% success rate
iii. Identifying subject/field of interest, identifying employers on that field and calling on them to ask if you they are hiring for the position you desire and that you know you can do well. 69% success rate.
iv. Do the above in a group with other job hunters. 76% success rate
v. Doing a life- changing job search (identifying your skills, proffered places, interest and approved working environment and going after the job you desire) 86% success rate.
You got me there. There is still a great method: combining the strategies (experts suggest it should not more than 4!).
A fact never to be forgotten: the major contrast in the middle of victorious and unsuccessful job seekers is not some factors out there, or the ‘barrier’ listed earlier. It is the way they go about their job hunt. A victorious job search requires assosication and effort. Don’t think of yourself as unemployed. You have a job, full time job. If you are employed think of your job search as a part-time job. If you are unemployed, the working hours of 8-5 are available for your job search. If you are employed but seeking new opportunities, you need to make time for your job search, and be consistent.
Job search requires that you design a new set of priorities and schedules. Be aware that there will be distractions. Just about anything will sound great than seeing for work. Don’t be fooled, your estimate one priority is seeing that new job. Don’t let anything get in your way. Here are some tips:
1. Establish measurable goals.
2. Make yourself accountable.
3. Keep correct records.
Your destiny is in your hands. Now you know.