Tips to landing the position you want
KICKING off a job search for your ideal position can be both exciting and terrifying. Initially you’ll be pumped to start searching, saving job ads online or circling them in the local and national newspapers. You’ll start dreaming of what career path you might be headed for, and how your life could take shape in the short, medium and long term.
However, there’s also a downside to searching for a new job. If you don’t get your tactics right, you could find yourself on the end of rejection letter after rejection letter, if the employer or recruitment agency bother getting back to you at all.
When this happens you can start to feel depressed and frustrated, which inevitably results in losing the desire to pursue the kind of job you’re after.
That’s why you need to be prepared for what’s involved in a successful job search. It takes time, energy, and knowledge to take you from where you are to where you want to be. To help you with your plan of attack:
1. GET SPECIFIC Before you even get started, try and be as clear as possible about what type of role you’re searching for. If you have no idea what you want, you’ll waste hours searching through thousands of job ads online and in newspapers. To help narrow your focus, write down lists of what skills you have, what interests you have, what you definitely don’t want, and try and focus in on positions that you’re qualified to do and that you’ll enjoy.
By knowing what you’re looking for, you can target specific job ads and tailor your applications accordingly.
2. GET QUALIFIED If you don’t have the relevant skills for the job you want, get qualified. Courses can last anywhere from a few weeks to several years, and can be tailored to suit your lifestyle.
Often there are opportunities to study part- or full-time, online or in-class. The more qualified you are, the better chances you’ll have of job search success.
3. Research is vital Research the positions you think you would like to pursue. What is the job outlook like? Are there many vacancies or is it a dying profession? What salary can you expect and will it suffice? What are the work conditions, and can you handle them? There’s no point going through the process of getting qualified and applying for jobs, if the reality of those jobs doesn’t match your expectations.
4. EXPAND YOUR SEARCH Don’t limit your search to advertised positions online and in newspapers. There are more ways to find job vacancies such as Centrelink, Linkedin and other social media platforms, trade magazines, networking events and recruitment companies among others, not to mention approaching companies you want to work for directly. Showing initiative can get you a long way.
5. Email alerts Set up alerts at online job advertising websites so you get new positions vacant sent straight to your inbox. That way you won’t miss out on new opportunities. However, you should still check these sites regularly just in case attractive opportunities have somehow slipped through the cracks and not been sent to you.
6. NETWORK Talk to friends, family and work colleagues about what your plans are. They may know someone in the industry that you can talk to. Or better yet, may know of positions available that you can apply for. Networking and seeking out opportunities is often better than applying for advertised positions that many people will want.
7. MARKET YOURSELF This includes getting your cover letter and CV right, being confident in job interviews, knowing what to say and what not to say, dressing appropriately when meeting potential employers and getting your social media accounts up to scratch. Be professional, knowledgeable and well presented, and your chances of success will skyrocket.
8. BE METHODICAL Treat your job search as your job. There is a lot of work that goes into landing the job you want, including writing and submitting resumes and cover letters, searching for positions vacant, networking and attending interviews. Rarely does a great job just land in your lap, you need to go out and get it.. To do that you have to commit to the time it will take, so get into a routine as