10 tips for successful job search
A job search starts long before the interview with HR-managers and your future bosses. It is a long and laborious process that includes training and even ongoing activity because it provides new experience and therefore new features on the CV. To be successful in your job search you must consider many important components. Here you can find some useful advice.
1. Imagine that your job search is your work.
A job search should be taken seriously, it’s not just web-surfing and e-mailing. A job search is a business project: with specific goals, objectives, milestones and timelines. Set yourself a deadline, proceed systematically and progressively, give the job search three hours a day minimum.
2. Never stop learning.
Knowledge and skills are always an advantage. You must master some essential skills for a new job before you start competing with other applicants. While studying a lot of vacancies you may notice what qualities for candidates are in demand nowadays. Try to analyze if you have developed these qualities to a professional level. Or, perhaps you'll realize that you should learn something new?
3. Analyze your limits.
Try to show maximum objectivity while identifying your value as an employee. When you find an attractive vacancy, ask yourself: do I really meet the requirements? Or do I still need to work on myself to get this job? Don't overestimate yourself. And don't underestimate either. The vacancy must satisfy your wishes. Sometimes all those long waits for an invitation to an interview (when the job search drags on) make you depressed: and you are willing to accept lower wages and worse working conditions. Don’t allow anxiety to damage such an important aspect of your life like work. It is better to spend a little more time searching for a job than to get an unwanted position.
4. Make a proper CV.
Your resume should represent something bigger than just a list of previous jobs and positions. Focus on real achievements and qualities that can interest a potential employer. A successful CV is always clear and well structured, not longer than two pages and includes only the most important and relevant information. This document is designed to show your value as an applicant, not to tell the whole story of your life. So when you write about your hobbies or qualities make sure it is work related.
5. Be ready to work on your CV.
There is no such thing as a generic CV. Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don't have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they're relevant. Create a CV specifically for each vacancy. When you've established how you can match each requirement, show that. Every CV you send to a potential employer should be tailored to every special role.
6. Use all your contacts.
Use all the job search channels you have: newspapers, internet, employment agencies and your own contacts, of course. Don’t be shy to ask friends for help. Everyone is a potential expert in some field – then you just need to find those companies who need such an expert. Any contact may be useful. Be proactive in your communications. Don’t forget that even the occasional conversation may be a chance.
7. Make a good first impression.
This means you must write an intelligent and correct cover letter and be extremely polite and passionate at the same time while speaking with HR-managers by phone. Obviously, making a good impression is essential because it is almost impossible to overcome a negative first impression.
8. Sell yourself at the interview.
Do not neglect your appearance, the clothes should fit the occasion. Greet your interviewer with a smile and eye contact. Answer questions properly, don’t hesitate, be positive, be prepared for personal questions, remember your body language and manners, show energy, passion, proactivity, but be careful with jokes, not all people have the same sense of humour as yours.
9. Do the research work.
Collect the maximum amount of information about the company. That will help you to build a dialogue and to show your better qualities. Your goal is to convince the employer that you are the most suitable person for the position. And don't be afraid to ask questions. That will show your motivation and passion for that job.
10. Don’t give up.
Every failure is an opportunity to see where and how you can be more efficient. Continuous improvement is key to a successful job search.