1) Over dependency on online portals
You have to call every one you know, every contact you have. You have to take a passionate approach to job seeking. Call friends, neighbours, relatives, previous employers, former colleagues, members of alumni, friends of friends or whomever.
Do not assume that if you call your religious support group or friends to ask for help, it would be begging and that it is beneath you. It is after all just a matter of picking up the phone and really putting in a lot of effort in talking to anybody who will listen.
Do not confuse activity with productivity. Many just update their résumés and keep sending out application after application.
2) Becoming more Active on Social Media
Thinking beyond looking for job opportunities listed online? Then think “Social Media” and “Social Networking”!
Without a doubt, Social Media is pervasive and has become an integral part of many people’s lives. Also, with the majority of corporate organisations having social media profiles now, it is important for potential candidates such as you, to optimise the positive aspect of social media and social networking.
Make the best of Social Media to create a positive, professional online presence for yourself to help you stand out amongst other candidates potential employers may be seeking out on social networking platforms. At the same time, bear in mind that employers today may also attempt background checks on shortlisted candidates on such platforms. So always practise discernment when posting content through Social Media.
For the more social aspect of your presence on networking platforms, capitalise on your connections! Your social media profiles connect you to hundreds of people through your family, friends and beyond. Depending on the scale of your social networking, you can build a significant contact list, through which you can keep yourself informed of new job opportunities on the horizon. Your friends and contacts are bound to post or share opportunities through their friends, allowing you quick access to information not yet available through traditional media.
Besides, if you have a strong network and also friends who have confidence in your skills and abilities, you can easily get their recommendation for an opening. They might also share information about opportunities in their respective organisations. Growing your social network would definitely allow you to get to know about existing and new opportunities. Consider too about subscribing to groups related to your fields of interest, where you can explore opportunities through ads posted by others.
3) Sending Out Your Resume
The average resume is read in 10 seconds. You need to grab the reader’s attention. Your resume needs to show: Where you have worked, how long you worked at each, and what you achieved. “Performance” needs to stand out on your résumé!
4) Change your attitude
Winners do what they have to do and figure out how to keep afloat. You pick up the phone and you go to work. Thinking that you don’t want to do that job or “I’m too good to do that job” is not going to help.
Next to dealing with the death of a spouse, child or parent, the fourth most emotional thing we do is to look for a job. People need to deal with the emotions. Recognize that you are emotionally strained and drained. You need to get over it because the sooner you do, the faster you will be able to look for a job. The longer you put it off, the harder it will be.
Consider it a process. If you focus on the process, you do not need to focus on the results. The process is: Have a résumé that “sells” you, create a need for your skills and experience. You need to make a load of those calls! Make a quick, to-the-point presentation of yourself.
5) Be objective during interview
Most job seekers go into an interview thinking, “What can this company do for me?” If you give them good enough reasons why they ought to hire you, then you would not have to worry about whether or not you would consider working there.
You may think interviewing is a two-way street. Truth is, it’s one way until you get to the “offer”. Once the company decides to hire you, it is then that you can ask what they can do for you. After you receive a job offer, you can start qualifying what you want from the potential employer. Your main concern is to get an offer. You can decide if you want the job or not after that.
6) Resume mistakes you should avoid
- Putting in Content which is not Meaningful to the Prospective Employer
The content has to be meaningful to the person you are trying to convince to grant you an interview, not you!
- Distracting Formats
Different Fonts, colours and full pages of nothing but objectives do not help, but distract the reader. Recruiters/Hiring Managers want to know what you have done, who you have worked for and how successful you were. It is not recommended that you include an “Objective” unless your experience is in a specific kind of industry or technology, or where you have customised your résumé for a particular kind of job.
- Having a Resume that is Too Long
It is best to keep to 2 pages or 3 pages at most.
- Not Highlighting Performance
Do not describe your job, describe your Performance.
“This is what I did. This is how successful I was.”
- Errors in Objectives, Dates, Titles and other Basic Information
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