Tips for job search short­cuts

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

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.

— Ca­

Hav­ing a clear knowl­edge of what you want can help you in your job search.

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