Tips for job search shortcuts
THE job search process can be tricky and depressing for anyone looking for a job. But if you’re searching for a job for the first time, the whole process can be even scarier, and even leave you wondering if you’ll ever land a job.
However, there are strategies you can implement to increase your chances of beating the competition and being hired.
So apply these job search tips and before you know it, interview invitations may be lining up in your inbox quicker than you can say “I need a job”.
Have a clear knowledge of what you want so people can help you: If you have no idea what job you want and where you want to work, then the people you talk to will have no idea how they can help you. For instance if you were to say: “I’ve been thinking about starting a career in engineering or construction, or even in science, as long as I can get a good job with many opportunities to advance my career. If a job with a NGO also came along I’d consider it too,” people will have no clue what you want.
However, should you say, “I’m looking for a job as a Mechanical Design Engineer with a reputable engineering company, such as Business A, B or C, or a similar entry-level position with a small to medium-sized company,” then you’re telling people exactly where you need help and saving yourself a lot of time.
Focus more on details about where you’re headed rather than where you are: Don’t be trapped into thinking that you must describe what your past or current job entails. Your future is where your focus should be, not your past.
You need to pay more attention to talking about the positions you want, particularly in your CV and cover letter, as well as your online profiles and interviews.
If during the interview process you’re asked the “what are you looking for in this job?” question, explaining what you did in your previous job will bring you back where you started – at the same job. If that’s what you’re aiming for, go for it! If not, it’ll be best that you tell the interviewer what you see as best for your future.
Be organised and remain organized: If you’re applying to multiple jobs, it’ll be in your best interest to be highly organised. Write down details you’ll need to know later; when you applied for the job, the person you contacted, where you saw the job, when you should send a follow-up mail, etc.
These important details which you may think “are not so important” will assist you with avoiding duplicate ap- plications, making sure you follow up with each lead and may possibly save you from some embarrassment later.
Make use of the Internet as a tool, not a solution: Contrary to popular belief and to what most applicants are guilty of, spending hours perusing the Internet for job opportunities and sending applications online, isn’t going to get you the quickest results. Nowadays, employers prefer to find their best candidates rather than rummaging through thousands of applications for just a few potential candidates.
To improve your chances of being headhunted, ensure that your Careers24 and Who’s Who profiles are updated and squeaky clean. It’s also a good idea to Google yourself to see what content about you is available online.
Be a problem-solver: If given the chance at your next interview, prepare a short proposal that you’ll use to show how you could solve one of the company’s most pressing problems. By demonstrating your interest, preparation and talents you’ll leave a huge unforgettable impression. Just don’t push your luck… In the end, cutting out all the unnecessary extra effort will save you a lot of time, and get you to where you want to be a lot faster.
Having a clear knowledge of what you want can help you in your job search.