Let’s talk about the most effective job search strategies

Do you think that you are ready to look for a job? You’ve probably did some job market research, looked into all kinds of possibilities and know all about how to write a cover letter and a resume. It’s time to act now. So what’s the best way to look for a job and what are the mistakes you’d want to avoid?

How to look for a job: smart goals and search strategies

  1. Decide what exactly you want to do. There’s nothing unusual or wrong in wanting a job that’s different from your major. You may be studying to become a teacher, but it’s ok if you want to try web design or custom essay writing. HR manager may not even ask for any documents that confirm your degree, but they will definitely pay attention to the skills you already have and, in some cases, your work portfolio.
  2. Analyze job offers. Let’s say you’ve already decided what you want your future job to be. Now you need to look for the suitable job offers. There are lots of websites where employers post all kinds of jobs, so it won’t be so hard to do. Use as many of them as possible to make sure you have many options to choose from. Make a list of your own requirements for the jobs you are looking for. If you think that you lack certain skills, it’s high time you improve them. For example, you may need to improve your language proficiency or work on improving writing skills, or learn how to use certain software.
  3. Make a list of companies you would like to work for (within your local area, your country in general or abroad). Think of what position you’ll need to start with to start building the career you want. There’s nothing wrong with starting small: if you are a student and lack working experience, you’ll hardly get a position in top management.
  4. Knock at all doors. Practice writing resumes (remember that you’ll need to write a separate resume for each job position) and send them to all companies that have suitable offers. If a job you wanted has already been taken, don’t get upset; it’s not the end of the world. Send an HR manager a letter saying how much you dream to work at their company and that you would love to take a suitable position as soon as it’s available. Chances are, your self-starter qualities won’t be forgotten.

Wrong ideas you’d want to avoid

“Resumes don’t really matter”. As a matter of fact, they really do. Your resume is how you initially introduce yourself to your potential employer, something an HR considers even before seeing you in person. So be sure to put some good writing bee in it. Never say something like “I’ll be happy with any job you can give me”. It shows your lack of interest in any particular job or company. Always mention your personal traits that you think may be attractive for your potential employer.

“No need to specify phone number; that’s personal information”. Your e-mail address isn’t enough. If your resume really got an HR’s interest, he/she will call you: it’s faster and easier than writing an email. Remember that every time someone fails to get in touch with you, you lose your chance.

“I don’t have to send out loads of resumes. My dream job will find me”. So you post your resumes on job search websites, but don’t actually send them to anyone and just wait for them to see your resume and call you? It’s not how it works. Employers and HRs  just don’t have to look for candidates on any websites. They get hundreds of resumes a day, and have a lot to choose from.

No matter what kind of job you want to do, be confident, be proactive and never stop in case your attempt to get a job you really want fails. There are still lots of great offers out there, and one of them is waiting for you to try!

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