GETTING that ideal career position — your dream job — is a matter that you should not take lightly. It is hard work and requires conscientious effort, determination, spirit, gusto and due diligence.

Searching for a job is a complex, time-consuming process. It can be exhausting and overwhelming at times. But remember, the fruit at the end of this journey is very sweet.

The 10 tips in this two-part article are meant to help you to map out your job search strategies for a new job or your next job opportunity:

1. Do you have a well-thought-out strategy?

Think carefully about what you enjoy doing, as well as what you are capable of doing with the aim of achieving success. Scrutinise the job postings and career advertisements.

Check if you fit the job description and can perform the stated tasks satisfactorily without supervision if you were to start the next day.

Make sure you are qualified for the advertised position before applying.

A shotgun approach to your job search can be detrimental. Employers, human resource managers and recruiters are often annoyed by and frustrated at receiving applications that do not match the job’s requirements.

Learn how to tailor your current skills and qualifications to the jobs you apply for.

Sending generic applications for every job posting wastes your time and that of the recruiters. Your applications will either be deleted or simply dumped in the trash bin.

2. Do you have an outstanding and persuasive resumé?

Resumés are essential and central to your job search and career change. This is your vital marketing document.

Make sure you have an intelligent, persuasive, dynamic, professionally and beautifully crafted resumé.

It should profile you accurately and showcase your expertise and achievements in quantifiable and measurable terms. The document should excite the recruiter.

See to it that your resumé functions like a strategic marketing tool. It must make you stand out from the crowd.

3. Do you know what your goals are?

Challenge yourself by asking what you really want out of a job.

Is monetary reward your priority? Yes, money is essential, but do you want more out of a job than just your pay cheque at the end of the month?

Take time to explore what you really want in terms of your intrinsic interests and values. By defining what you really want as a job seeker, you can align your best-selling profile with the most valuable professional assets to create a unique “you” to excite the potential employer.

4. Do you know how to diversify your job search?

Employers and recruiting agencies may still use traditional sites like recruitment sections of newspapers and website advertisements. More are using other media to connect with job seekers such as online networks like LinkedIn.

Look out for channels like job fairs, social media and bulletin boards in your local community clubs, professional associations, social clubs and professional journals.

Be socially active and network. Hand out a business card that doubles as a quick summary of your work experience and skills at social and trade functions. Know your industry thoroughly and keep pace with its evolving trends.

Use today’s technology to further your job-search efforts. Cast your net wider and you will find opportunities you thought never existed.

5. Do you plan to evaluate and upgrade your skills?

Make a checklist of your skills, qualifications and core competencies. Do they match the ever-evolving trends of your industry?

Technology has changed the way we work. Your existing skills and competencies may not be up-to-date and may not match up to the requirements of many jobs available in the market.

If your skills are rusty or have become obsolete, you will need re-training. Consider going back to school, full-time or part-time, depending on your situation.

You can tap into various government funding schemes and programmes for financial support.

Education and training is a life-long process. It does not stop at your graduation. Keep up your professional development to enhance your employability.

Next: Stand out from other job seekers