Author: Liz Frome
Step one of the process: looking for opportunities.
Before you jump in and apply, you need to search for places where you, your skills, and your goals will be a fit.
Some things to keep in mind when job-searching:
1. Identify Your Career Goals
Before beginning your job search, especially if you’re making a career change or a recent college graduate; you need to sort out your career goals and narrow down your job search. If you’re just looking for any random job, you won’t even know where to start your search and a lot of time will be wasted.
Ask yourself: What industry am I aiming for? What specific position? Do I have a dream job? If yes, what steps do I need to take in order to get there? Make a plan.
2. Dedicate Time to the Search
Looking for a job is not a part-time engagement or a weekend activity. You need to be constantly on the lookout. The best plan is to schedule a number of hours/day or some specific days/week that you will dedicate to your job search and don’t stop until you have at least one interview lined up or you can also set a goal to apply for 10 - 20 jobs on a daily basis.
Make sure you are organized and keep track of where you are applying and for what position.
3. Don’t Limit Your Search to Online Resources
Social media has been life changing for searching for a job and it is reported that 73%; people have found a job through online resource. You should not close the door on other opportunities. Attend job fairs, reach out to hiring managers, or use a career counseling service.
Nothing bad can come out of expanding opportunities and taking advantage of all job search options.
4. Make Networking Part of Your Everyday Life
Some positions get filled internally or through networking, without ever being published. Companies are more likely to hire someone that comes with a recommendation from a trusted source than someone they found on the internet. Networking is becoming one of the most efficient ways to finding a job and you should take advantage of that.
Get out there, have face to face conversations with people, build connections and strengthen already existing ones. Make sure they know where you currently are professionally and where you aim to go, and learn the same about them as well.
More job search tips to come so be on the lookout and reach out with any questions as The Job Shop is here to help with your job search!
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