Tips to land­ing the po­si­tion you want

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

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

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