A Guide to Job Searching
Hunting for a job is a tough thing to do, but it really 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. You should be able to put yourself above the rest.
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. You shouldn’t let failure bring you down so much. Accept the rejection and look for some other place to apply.
Here are some useful approaches to your job search.
LInkedin is one social media site you should join. This will look great to employers. 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. If you follow companies that you like and comment on their posts, then this is one way to get noticed. Profesional comments are very welcome on these posts.
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. When you apply with this company, you already have an interest in it that will show in what you say. You can also actually use job listing if you don’t find vacancies in companies that you visit. 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. Your great CV and cover letter will show them what you’ve got.
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. Don’t apply until you have researched about the company. If you understand the company and what they do, it could work to your advantage.