1- Target the right jobs
There are a lot of jobs out there, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities. This is especially true if you're just starting out in your career or looking to make a change. When you're looking for a job, it's important to focus on what you want rather than what's available.
You can't just aim for the jobs you want. You need to target the job that is right for you.
Here are some things to consider when selecting your target:
What type of work do I want to do?
What kind of work experience does my resume indicate?
Am I qualified for this position based on education and experience?
what are my personal and characteristic strengths and weaknesses
2- Prepare your personal application resources.
Now that you made your mind about the job positions that are most suitable to you, it's time to prepare your personal application resources. This includes a cover letter and resume, as well as any other information that might be required by the employer. You can find templates for these documents online or at your local library.
Update your resume
Update your LinkedIn profile
Update your portfolio (if relevant)
Update references, including former employers and professors who can attest to your skills and abilities. Make sure they're still in contact with you!
If applicable, update social media accounts with new information about what you've been doing since graduating school or working at an old job. This shows that you're keeping up with industry trends and staying on top of things.
Consider updating the look and feel of any websites where people can find out more about who you are professionally, a personal website is great for this purpose!
3- Prepare and practise for the interview.
There are a number of ways you can prepare for an interview. You should research the company, the job and the industry in which you are going to work; this will give you a better understanding of what it's like to work in that environment. You should also try to anticipate any questions that may be asked during your interview, by looking at job advertisements or talking to people who have worked at the company before, the Interview questions would mainly cover the following aspects:
Why you want to work at this particular company and what makes you the best candidate for the job?
Questions about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, these types of questions fall under the behavioural interview questions.
Specific questions related the job position skills.
Remember that an interview is not just about selling yourself; it's also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the role and what it will entail.
4- Attend networking events.
At networking events, the aim is to meet new people, have conversations and build strong connections with potential employers or recruiters, Networking events is a great way to gain insight into the industry and find out more about companies you might want to work for. You can also get valuable advice from people in your network about how best to approach interviews and what skills employers look for, when you attend one of these events Pau attention to the following points:
Be open and friendly.
Have a clear goal in mind, such as meeting people who work at your dream company or finding out what skills employers look for in candidates.
Dress well and make sure your cv is up to date.
You can get an idea of what a company is looking for and how it operates. This will help you to prepare for any possible interviews or questions they may ask.
If you meet someone who has a job that you're interested in, ask them about what it's like. You'll get some great tips on how to get there and if you find any opportunities that fit your skill set, ask for an introduction. -
When you go to a networking event, make sure you have a business card ready. If someone asks for one from you, hand it over and ask if they’d like your contact details as well.
Remember that networking is about building relationships and not just getting jobs; so be sure to keep in touch with people after meeting them.
5- Track your job applications.
You cannot control the outcome of your job search, but you can track it. Tracking your applications, interviews and offers will give you a better understanding of what's going on in the process. You'll also be able to see where you need to improve or where things are really going well for you. You'll be able to see what you've done, when you did it and how many people have seen your resume. This can help you make adjustments if you need to and also give you a better idea of where things stand in your job search.
The job search strategies we've covered here can help you land the job you want. If you follow them, there's no reason why you shouldn't be successful!
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