Looking for a job, but don’t know where to start?
Well, Dynamic Women has got you covered with our tips on “How to find the right job”.
We all know that looking for a job can look and feel like a daunting task when starting your professional business career. It can also be extremely discouraging and mentally draining when none of the companies you’ve applied to, doesn’t respond back to you. We know the feeling!
Follow our great and also super easy tips to make sure that you tick all the right boxes:
1. Compile a shortlist of the 5 top Job Board sites
Searching in the right place is essential to make your Job searching a success. See it like this, you won’t go looking for a high end and high paying job at Mac Donald’s right? So making sure you search in the right places is essential. Grab your computer and start the searching process for the best job board sites.
Don’t know what a job board site is?
A Job Board website is a website that deals specifically with employment or careers. Many employment websites are designed to allow employers to post job requirements for a position to be filled and are commonly known as job boards. Other employment sites offer employer reviews, career and job-search advice, and describe different job descriptions or employers. Through a job website a prospective employee can locate and fill out a job application or submit resumes over the Internet for the advertised position.
2. Make sure your Curriculum Vitae (Resume) is updated correctly
A curriculum vitae (often shortened CV or vita) is a written overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications for a job opportunity. This is usually 2-3 pages long to make it easier for potential employers to screen them for the right candidate. Think of it as a short and sweet summary of your education and previous work experience with a short Bio of who you are.
You need a specific cover letter, or your resume may not get noticed. You only have a few seconds to impress a hiring manager enough to select you for an interview. Hiring managers want to see what you can do for the company written in the first paragraph of your cover letter. Here’s how:
Extract any of the keywords describing skills, qualities, or experiences which the employer has listed as required or preferred. Also, review the job duties and make some assumptions about the qualifications needed to carry out those duties. Compile it all in one fun and exciting paragraph that will grasp the employers attention. Remember, It’s all about grasping someone’s attention to get noticed and to score that ‘most-wanted’ interview. Prioritize the sentences about your qualifications and incorporate the hardest hitting statements into your cover letter.
Let’s say you’re applying for a Receptionist position, you might say “my strong Communication skills, customer service orientation, attentiveness to detail and ability to work with precision make this job an excellent fit for me.” In subsequent paragraphs, you should provide examples of how and where you applied those skills while keeping it short and sweet.
3. Don’t apply to every potential job you see
Focus your search on jobs that you’re qualified for. You’ll have a better chance of getting selected for an interview in that case. Sending out random resumes and cover letters is just going to be a waste of time, not only for you, but also for the employer of those companies. Before you start job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job you’re seeking, update your CV accordingly and then start applying for potential jobs.
An even better idea is to come up with a target list of companies you’d like to work fo
r and do your best to get noticed by them.
4. Never stop searching/applying for jobs
While you are still waiting to hear back from an employer, most job seekers are rejected by over 15 employers before landing a job. We know that this can be extremely discouraging, but don’t be mislead by the thing’s that didn’t work out. Learn from your mistakes and keep applying until you get the right offer. Worst case scenario, you’ll be juggling multiple job offers at one time and more than often, that’s a good thing because you’ll have options to choose from.
5. Prepare for your Interview
Ok, so you finally landed your long awaited interview from one of the employer’s you applied for. Now comes the preparation.
Here are some tips to prepare like a “Boss” to impress the Boss:
Research the organization:
This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.
Develop a question list:
Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.
Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements:
- Analyze the job description. Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
- Examine the hierarchy. Determine where the position fits within the organization.
- Look side-by-side. Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.
Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions.
Plan what to wear!
- Preferably send a thank-you note after a job interview to thank them for their valuable time.
So Now it’s your chance to get out there and find your dream job. Follow your simple and easy tips to make job hunting a breeze!