SEARCHING for a job is a complex, time-consuming process.
Part 1 of this article yesterday looked at five of the 10 strategies you need to achieve your search objective.
Here are the remaining five strategies:
6. Do you stand out?
Just listing all your best qualities in response to “Why should I hire you for this position?” may not land you the job.
You need to develop a short dynamic story about yourself — this is known as the “30-second Elevator Pitch”.
When you have identified a job position that you feel confident about, make sure you do something that will help you stand out and be unique.
Be memorable to the recruiting or human resource manager.
Here, you must do your homework. Know the company’s business, vision, mission and philosophy and find out the name of the manager in charge of hiring.
Contact him and offer a brief introduction of yourself and your skills. Use social media to share your excitement and enthusiasm about the position.
7. Do you listen to advice?
Most of the time, you are so engrossed and focused on wanting to get that job that you end up tired and frustrated. Many people forget the crucial thing that they need to do — listen.
Pay special attention to what and how employers and human resource professionals are communicating about jobs through various channels including social media. Understand and learn how to speak to them in their language.
Be humble, connect with and listen to experienced career experts and other job seekers.
Listen to their strategies and success stories and emulate them.
Yes, you can be extremely preoccupied with the mundane details of the job search, but take time to listen. It’s free.
8. Do you prepare yourself and are you ready at all times?
You cannot predict when you will be contacted for an in-person or phone interview. Be prepared and on stand-by at all times.
Here’s what you must be prepared with:
A professional, well-crafted, stand-out resumé and cover letter;
A professionally taken photo;
Research that identifies organisations and recruitment companies specialising in those industries in which you are looking for positions;
Notes filled with examples demonstrating your best qualities, achievements, work experience, real-life successes, newly acquired skills and community services;
Interview techniques — there are consultants who can coach you in this;
Rehearsed interviews with mentors or employment strategy consultants;
Referees whom you can contact and inform about your forthcoming interviews; and
Advice from an expert or specialist concerning personal grooming, dress sense and etiquette.
9. Do you think positively?
The job search process can be long-drawn, tedious, tiring, frustrating or simply overwhelming. You will feel like throwing in the towel.
Don’t. Persevere. Be positive, think positively and surround yourself with encouraging and positive-thinking friends and mentors.
Take each setback as a learning opportunity, a time for evaluating your career goals and re-focusing on your job search methodology.
Don’t play the “blame game”. Don’t justify but rectify.
10. Do you ‘sell’ yourself?
Give yourself a confidence boost, and add power to your resumé by using power words.
Demonstrate the most important qualities, achievements and abilities that you have to offer.
Modesty, though a good virtue, may not win you that coveted job. If you have the right stuff, don’t be shy about displaying it.
Someone who is passionate about what he does is far more interesting to the potential employer compared with someone who wants the job for the pay cheque.
Getting your dream job is attainable if you are determined and put in real effort. Be proactive, network and stay connected with potential employers and recruiters.