Understand What You Want
It is important to know what your strength and weaknesses are before you start your job searching journey. It is also important to know what you enjoy doing, this way your chances of finding a job that brings you joy and satisfaction will be much greater once you know yourself well enough.
Do research on the companies that are hiring
Once you know what you are looking for in a position, you can move onto researching companies that are hiring to see if they would fit into your idea of your dream. Get to know their company culture, what they offer their staff in terms of career growth, knowledge and skills and so forth.
Amend your CV and Cover Letter according to each position you are applying for
Your resume should highlight all the achievements and experience you have gained that could benefit the position you are applying for. Make yourself an obvious fit by highlighting the key details that could assist you with landing an interview with the hiring manager for that position.
Create an Online Presence
Most recruiters and hiring managers use platforms such as Pnet, LinkedIn, Indeed and other career portals in search of skilled candidates for vacancies that they have available. Make sure that you are on all the well-known platforms that recruiters use and ensure that your profiles highlight key details about yourself, your knowledge, and your areas of expertise.
In order to stay on top of your job searches, it is important to keep track of the positions you are applying for and what the progress is on each position. Some candidates create spreadsheets to keep track of the various positions they have applied for so that they do not lose track of what they have applied for as well as what portals they have used to apply for these positions.
Build and cultivate your network
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people on LinkedIn and connect with them. Ask for referrals and get your name out there. Inform your network what you are looking for and showcase what you are able to bring to the table. Often, companies might not have anything available but when they come across a candidate that could benefit their company, they might create a new position or opportunity.
Don’t limit yourself to online applications only
Once you have applied for a position through a job portal, don’t just forget about it. Recruiters and companies welcome candidates to contact them directly via telephone or email to follow up on the progress of their application. The recruitment process can be time consuming and there is often hundreds of applications that they need to filter through. Contacting them directly will allow them to focus on your CV and could speed up the progress on your application.
Complete a few job-related goals on a daily basis
It’s easy to get discouraged and demotivated when looking for a new position. Set job search goals for yourself that you’d like to achieve to help you stay on top of things and stay motivated to finding your dream job.
Be kind to yourself
Searching for a job can be tiring and stressful. Be sure to take breaks in between job searches so that you do not make the process tedious for yourself.
Develop stories and examples that showcase your skills
Come up with stories and examples that you can use and speak about in your interviews that showcase your skills and what you can bring to the table. Using examples of how you handles certain situations and how you completed projects is a great way to get the recruiter or hiring manager to understand you as an employee.
Prepare for all your job interviews
Research the company you are being interviewed for. Create answers for questions that might be asked. The more prepared you are for your interviews, the less stressed and nervous you will be for them.
Write thank you notes
Thank the employer via email after your interview and tell them how much you enjoyed chatting to them and also emphasize your interest in the position. This will make you stand out from the other candidates.
Keep following up with recruiters and hiring managers after your interview
The recruitment process on a position can takes weeks and sometime even months so it is important to constantly follow up on the progress of your job application and interview progress so that you are constantly kept in the loop.
Expect your job search to take longer than expected
You should mentally prepare yourself for a long battle with looking for the right position for you that will aid you in achieving your career goals. Finding your dream job won’t happen overnight and will take time.
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