The do’s and don’ts of job seeking
Jobs seeking can be a daunting task. Many people have no idea where to begin their job search, or even what type of careers they are looking for. This article aims to provide a few tips for successful job seeking and a few things to avoid that may hinder the job search.
- Examine yourself; look at who you are, what you are interested in, what your skills are, what motivates you and what you value. By doing this you can build a clear picture of yourself. Self knowledge is power, if you understand yourself then you will have no problem getting employers to understand you and seeing what you have to offer.
- Research; there is no substitute for good hard research. Consider what areas suit you, in which sector you want to work and what it will entail. Talk to others working in your chosen area, find out what the day to day activities entail, the skills needed and the type of people you will be encountering. If possible, gain some experience in the sector, even if it is just a few days work shadowing, this will help you gain a better understanding of the sector, look great on your resume and help you start building a network
- Research employers; find out what organisations work in the sector, what companies are at the forefront, why these companies are succeeding. Find out who is trail blazing in the sector and especially understand what the different values and morals of each company are.
- Make an action plan; be aware of what you are aiming for, keep a record of your progress including interviews, companies you have sent you CV to, feedback you have received and areas you should work on.
- Practice; hone your interview technique and research any selection criteria you are likely to encounter such as aptitude or other types of testing.
- Be positive; optimism will be essential to your success.
- Be unrealistic; some people think that once they have their degree, they are entitled to a job at a certain level. Remember that a degree does not guarantee a job role. While academic qualifications are part of the package, other factors also play a role.
- Be unclear or vague about what you have to offer; know what your strong characteristics are, don’t dwell on weaknesses or be vague about your skills and knowledge
- Be lazy; you need to take the initiative, the right role will not just fall into you lap. You have to make the most of job fairs, recruitment and job sites. Make sure to use your contacts in the industry, talk to them about what is available and what may suit you. Use your networks.
- Be inflexible; you have to be positive and open minded or else the jobs will just pass you by. You have the right to know what you want, but being too picky may be detrimental to your job status
- Be underprepared; Preparation begins before you submit a written application, not the night before the interview. Preparation will aid you greatly in your job hunt.