Have you ever worked your fingers to the bone but still landed up in a dead–end job? Well, everybody struggles to find the perfect job for themselves. And if that is not difficult enough, you also have to think about the paycheck you’ll get in return. The wanted ads on the classified section of the newspaper have become a thing of the past. Today, we have media, new technology and a wide–ranging connection with people from all around the world. So, finding the right job has become a tad bit easier. All you have to do now is craft up a good profile on the online job searching platforms and you can get-set-work. But before you start the job hunting process, it would be a lot better if you follow a proper method. So, here are some tips on how to plan out your hunt for the perfect job!
- Embrace your passion:
They say, “Do it with passion, or not at all.” In the light of the present circumstances, it is very important that we actually like the work we do. You can be a simple salesman or a high profile businessman, but you should have an interest in your job. Without the right amount of passion for something, you can never get the satisfaction of working on it. An integral part of landing the right job is to identify your strength and passion. Once you are sure of the line you want to pick as a career, you can take the next steps. If there is one thing that has changed over the years, it is the number of job scopes. Now, becoming an engineer or a doctor isn’t the only option. You can choose the line you are passionate about. Moreover, the best way to prosper in a particular job is to identify the driving force behind your work. When you are sure about your interests in a particular field, the chances of work discontentment are reduced. The best way to find a job is to focus on your interest areas. So, allow your passion to become your purpose and find the right profession for yourself!
- Polish up your résumé:
Finding a job that suits your interests is not easy and neither is getting selected to be a part of your dream company. The way to the hearts of those dream companies is through a good CV. The résumé is supposed to provide a synopsis of your work in the past. Thus, it needs to highlight your achievements and mention your qualifications, clearly. Writing a good CV is one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds for scanning each CV before sticking it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile. Hence, it is imperative that the CV is precise but apt. It is better to abstain from adding in the larger details. Another way is to point out the specific skills, but only the ones that fit the job description. A personal statement on why you should get the job should always be included in your CV. Not only this, you must recheck for errors, fill up the gaps and keep the CV updated. You might also think that everyone lies on their CV, right? But you shouldn’t! Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble because the employers will check your background and references. Also, since we live in a world where the image is everything, the same rule applies to the CV. So, don’t forget to pretty it up!
- Market and promote yourself:
With the new age technology in place, job hunting has never been simpler. Stuck in a world of cutthroat competition, it is important to promote your skills. Knowing what your achievements are will enable you to seize opportunities to set yourself apart from this competition. Even Forbes agrees that self–promotion is a leadership skill. So, it’s time to create and update your profiles on LinkedIn, Naukri.com, Internshala.com and other online platforms. With your CV arranged and profiles updated, the search for a job will have fewer hurdles than before. Search your jobs based on your interests, qualifications, university, and industry, on these platforms. You can also connect with the people who interest you, attend meetings and seminars and get to know people in your line of work. The main idea of self-marketing or promotion is to create influence. It’s how you sell your ideas across the companies and employers. It’s the basis of building relationships with key stakeholders and gaining access to the power networks in your field. To put it in the language of marketing- job searching is all about sales and the product you’re selling is your own self! If you’re unable to convey the “product” benefits, it’s more challenging to convince a potential buyer to go for it. In the end, if you don’t promote yourself, no one will, right?
- Bring out your networking feelers:
They say that “network is net worth.” True to this statement, the market thrives on networking. Without building professional relations or contacts, it is difficult to survive in this world. Today, social media is the fastest way to grow your personal network; use it to leverage your professional community and get a personal introduction. Once you have your profiles on the online forums, you need to reach out to and build your contact base. The larger base of connections you have, the more opportunities will come your way. Within your existing network, there are probably three jobs that would be appropriate for you, but the people who could help open doors to those jobs just haven’t thought of you. So tapping into your network base is one of the most important parts of finding a job. Other ways to build your connection would be to attend events and connect with your alumni. You can also meet up with moderators; and develop relationships with recruiters, hiring managers and other professionals. Everybody knows somebody. So now it is your job to meet, greet and expand your network!
All of these pointers are an integral part of the job hunting process. But nonetheless, it is important to research the specific companies you want to join. When the companies are shortlisted, the whole process of building contacts, arranging your CV and setting up your profile becomes much more relevant. There are several methods you can follow to get a job. But the trick is to keep yourself updated and well informed so that you can grab every opportunity that comes your way. Therefore, be sure you put your foot in the right place and then stand firm!