It is foolhardy to go swimming in deep waters if you do not know how to swim, or without any sort of protective gear. Similarly, if you are venturing into the world of job searches and applications, you must know the market you are getting into. With Google giving us answers to every possible question mankind could ask, there is no excuse to do your research beforehand.
The more you read, the more you will be able to learn about the current position of the job market, what you need to do to gain a foothold in this job market and what tools do you need to make your application catch the eye of recruiters. We have compiled a list of things that you might want to consider doing before you begin your job search. A full-time job search is intensive and takes up a lot of time and effort. Make this worth your while by doing it the right way.
Whether you are working and looking for a new job, or out of a job and actively searching for one, or a recent graduate, these steps will help you.
About 80% of recruiters or employers Google potential candidates before interviewing them. In the digital age, your online personality matters as much as your offline personality. One of the first things recruiters are likely to look at is your LinkedIn profile. If you haven’t created an account yet, it is time to create one. Pay careful attention to details in your profile, and make sure it reflects the kind of position you are looking for.
Google yourself to see what shows up. Is there something you would not want your potential employer to know? How can you remedy it? It is not just LinkedIn that matters. Anything that is on the Internet that can be seen by the public is fair game. Get your online profiles in order to reflect uniformity across all platforms.
Are you a talker? Or are you more of a shy person who speaks only when spoken to? Either way, prepare yourself for interviews. Practice what you would like to say. You might also want to jot down important points about your experiences to ensure that you talk about those skills in particular.
Another part of your offline persona is your recommendations. Some job applications might ask you to list references while others might ask for them later on. Before you send out your application, make sure that you have communicated this to your intended references. They will appreciate the notice and be more prepared to give you a recommendation when approached by a potential employer.
This single page sheet of paper has the power to make or break a job application. This will be your first impression since sending in a resume is the first part of the application process. When it comes to resumes, less is more.
While writing your resume, or re-writing it in the case of a job shift, use words that will easily stand out. On average, a recruiter will scan your resume for only six seconds before deciding whether you are a good fit for the position or not. Make those seconds count by using concise sentences that will convey your experiences.
Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn or other job search sites. Reach out to them to find out more about a position. Send out a personalized email, which asks specific questions about the positions or lets them know why you are the right candidate. If you are looking for a change in job, reconnect with old recruiters. Let them know you are actively searching for a new job and send them an updated resume.
While the process of looking for a job is similar across all fields, the skills required are not. They will differ from field to field and job to job. Technical skills are especially important in fields like software development, engineering and computer science. Find out what skills are required in your field and make sure you mention those on your resume.
If you feel that you don’t have some of the most important skills required, take online classes, or watch online videos and teach yourself those important skills.
We can always be better than what we are now. If your previous boss offered you an opinion on what you could change, take that criticism constructively and work on it. Whether it is your parents, professors or seniors, always take a few moments to see if there is truth in their opinion. A little introspection never hurt anyone.
So here you have it! A list of things you should do before you embark on the adventure that is looking for a job. Does it seem daunting? The best thing is to make a list of things you need to do and start working on it. It always helps when you cross things off a to-do list!
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