A job seeker is the one who has the control over his or her hiring process, more than the employer. But how? It’s your choice who you send your CV to. It is generally observed that some applicants send in their CV to companies and have no recollection of the position they applied for when contacted – not a good first impression if contacted by phone! Sometimes caught up in the desperation to find a job – A jobseeker sends in their CV without fully researching the position or the background of the company. With this attitude, job hunting can be at a snail’s rate when it should be voyaging at a high speed.
The first important step to job hunting is to get into the right mindset and plan a job searching strategy. It’s about you, so take complete responsibility for your job hunting process. A process of random mailings and phone calls to the companies you have very little knowledge about will only lead to failure. Successful research will help you in different ways like targeting the right companies and for right positions. Your complete and proper research will create a thrust for you in recognising the areas and industries that interest you and explore them more. Don’t just send in your CV for the positions you are unaware of or least know about. Also, it will put forward those skills and personal traits that you need to pinpoint in your CV with respect to the specific company. Efficient and proper research will even help you during interview stage and will make you able to sound like an insider at the interview stage. Even if a person has never worked in that particular area before, speaking the industry language and being aware of company and industry developments, will have a great influence on the person or committee interviewing you.
Proper planning is the key to success. Keep track and record all the companies and the positions you applied for and sent your CV to and contact details of the relevant persons. Don’t just send your application in to a company, sit back and relax while waiting for a reply. Keep yourself updated on the status of your application. Know your strengths and weaknesses and apply for a position according to them. By doing so, you will be able to plan your employment with respect to your strengths.
Most importantly, make your CV as perfect as you can. It’s a representation of you so make sure to present yourself in the best possible light and also according to the job you are aiming for. Pinpoint those skills and attributes that your efforts in research process indicates would be in favour for the target job.
A cover letter is a chance to sell yourself and bring those skills and personal elements into the spot light that you think the employer is in search of. It’s an opportunity to really shine so don’t squander it or take it for granted. Writing a high impact reference letter for yourself will make the employer longing to read your CV and call you.
Use of LinkedIn to find work and expanding one’s network has become an essential. A keen LinkedIn profile may be even more important than having a great CV and may help you in your job search more efficiently.
Give your best and have patience, you will get better results out of your efforts.