What does it take to land those enviable employment spots?
With the current all-time high unemployment rate and the global recession, getting a job has never been more difficult. And as the employment market gradually shrinks, and more students graduate, the competition among Job Seekers and prospective employees is only growing more fierce. Nonetheless, here are some few pointers to help you along the way.
a.)Have a comprehensive plan.
Merely browsing the net and going through job classifieds is by no means a comprehensive plan. When looking for a job, treat the job hunt as if it were a real job by itself. This means devoting more resources, extra time and seriousness to it. In fact, it’s surprising that 76% of job seekers will rarely pay attention to details such as compiling a professional Resume or conducting a thorough background check on the company there are interested in. So, in addition to attending interviews, dedicate a significant part of your day revising your resume, practicing and learning new Interview skills and evaluating the type of employment that you want.
b.)Learn new skills.
Have a good degree or diploma is one thing, but standing out and having an edge over the others is something else quite different. So, regardless of whether or not you’re fresh from college, advancing your skills in a non-academic related field will always paint you in a good light when it comes to job hunting. Bear in mind that hiring managers will hanker after individuals with rare skill sets or people who dare to look in a different direction even when the prospects are not so promising.
c.)Network and socialize.
No one will tell you this, but 87% of hiring managers rely on referrals before making the final call of whether or not to hire an employee. As usual, very few people are likely to hire a complete nondescript stranger whom no one knows nothing about, especially if it important post in the offing. Therefore, if nobody in your target job market knows you well enough to put in a good word for you when it matters, then your chances of receiving a surprise phone call alerting of an interview are almost close to zero. The bottom line: Attend more networking events and expand your social circle.
a.)Stay positive, sometimes you have to knock on a hundred doors before finally someone lets you in.
b.)Have a clean social media footprint as somebody is bound to Google you at one point or another.
c.)Coach your references prior to embarking on an important job hunt.
d.)Your resume is not a silver bullet. An exceptional resume has to accompanied by an equally impressive personality for it to be effective.
e.)Remember to send the hiring manager a thank-you email/note within 24 hours after an interview. And this is regardless of how the interview turns out.