“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!”
Whether you recently lost your job or are ready to jump ship from your current one, these tips will definitely make the “job (hunting)” easier:
Update your resume and social media handles
Start by updating your resume, supported by a good and precise covering letter, and cleaning your social media profiles, especially LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to easily connect with the right people. Search your target market based on your industry, qualifications, university and interests, and connect with the people who interest you. Remember, it’s not enough to have social network accounts –- you need to use them correctly. Connect with companies you’re interested in on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to show your engagement and your social media skills (plus, this will help you get even more details on the company to prepare for an interview).
Next, tap your network
Everybody knows somebody. Statistically speaking, within your existing network there are probably three jobs that would be appropriate for you, but the people who could help open doors to those jobs just haven’t thought of you. Make a list of everyone you know. Set a goal to touch base with three people you have not talked to for a year or more. Meet one of them for coffee or lunch. Identify the 25 most influential people in your network and brainstorm ways to strengthen your relationships with each. Remember, sometimes, it’s all about who you know — and who knows you.
Connect with alumni
Call the alumni in your region, go to meetings and grow your network. Adding three new alumni per week (through alumni directories or LinkedIn) is a great approach – even better if these are in your industry.
Organization is key to staying on track (and on time!) in your job search. Keep track of places you’re interested in applying and what step you’re at in the application process. One good strategy is to create an Excel spreadsheet with the following columns: company name, relevant position, link to job posting, materials needed for application, date applied, date of follow-up and notes. This will help you track when and where you applied, help you remember if and when you followed up, and notes on any feedback from the company.
Do your homework – research
The best way to find openings and get hired is to be informed — very informed — about the company, industry and position for which you are applying. Research each and every company and position before applying, and be sure to brush up before an interview. Some great information to find: where the company is headed, what it has done in the past, who was in the desired position before it became vacant, background of the interviewer and anything else that could come up in conversation. Being prepared to answer questions and being informed enough to ask smart questions (remember: always ask questions) can make all the difference in an interview.
Attend events and seminars
These include ones hosted by charities and professional organizations. Talk to at least one person at every meeting who you haven’t met yet. If you can get the list of attendees beforehand, identify at least one person who you would like to meet and make arrangements to connect there in person. Without imposing, look for an excuse to follow up—by meeting again, or getting a referral to someone else.
Senior-level professionals are recruited almost exclusively though recommendation or by headhunters. They know of jobs that would otherwise never be advertised, and can help you find openings and apply for senior level positions. If you work with a headhunter, choose carefully. Identify several (but no more than five) whom you trust and be prepared to follow-up.
Scan through online job portals
You can also find jobs using online portals like Naukri.com, Monster.com, Timesjobs.com and many more other sites. If you are a fresher, then www.firstnaukri.com one of the best recommended option for you. To find a job on such sites, first you have to register and create job profile. Ensure that your profile is interesting, but, at the same time, honest.
Look out for recommendations
Using references is a strong way to ensure that you get that interview call. Today, companies tend to first hire employees by references and then by other ways. Many companies also give referral bonuses to their employees for referring potential candidates. So, you can contact your relatives, friends and seniors who are working and ask them for any vacancy in their companies.
Check the ‘Careers’ page of companies
This is one of the best ways to find a job for both, freshers as well as experienced candidates. Many multinationals as well as small scale companies post a job vacancies on their ‘Careers’ page. To apply for such a job, either you have to register on the company website or send your job profile directly on the given career email id.
Don’t forget to ‘follow-up’
When job searching, you can just fill out an application, submit it and wait to hear a response … right? Wrong! Following up is one of the most important steps in a job search. Two important follow-up strategies: One, follow up with a handwritten thank-you note after an interview, thanking the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and reiterating your interest in the position; two, if you haven’t made it to the interview step yet, follow up with a phone call within two weeks of submitting an application to get your name on the company’s radar and check on the status of your application. Following up can be the difference between your resume landing in the “hire” pile and the trash.
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