Are you a recruiter?
Finding the right job can be a lengthy process – it can take anything from a few months to a few years. However, if you follow the principal steps involved in all job searches, you will be able to see results much quicker and increase your chances of success.
Before embarking on any new job search, you must do your homework. This means you have researched the jobs available to you and have figured out the kind of work you would like to do. As a result, your job hunting will be more focused and closely matched to the skills you possess. Before you can begin any application process, you must have an up-to-date CV and covering letter to hand. The next step would therefore be to do your CV and look at examples of covering letters, so you will be prepared when it comes to writing to prospective employers.
Social media can be a very effective tool for networking online, as well as reaching out to companies where you could see yourself working. It is a good idea to create online profiles for LinkedIn and Twitter, highlighting your skills and achievements. Professional networking sites are becoming increasingly popular with employers and it is thought that you will be less likely to be invited to interview if you cannot be found online.
You are now in a position to start seeking out job vacancies, whether you start your search online, visit your local jobs fair or make contact with a recruitment agency. Keep a record of all the job applications you make to enable you to follow up at a later date. Every application should be tailored to each specific job you apply for, demonstrating why you are suited to the role by giving examples in your covering letter, as well as information on why you want to work for the company. If you do not hear from the employer after a few weeks, do not hesitate to follow up with a polite email asking for feedback. This information will be useful in helping you to finetune your CV and covering letter for future applications.
If the recruiter likes what they see, you will be asked to attend a job interview. You can prepare in advance by finding out everything you need to know about the company and the job itself. Draft a handful of question you can ask to highlight your interest and don’t be afraid to practise your interview technique with a friend or colleague. This will help you feel more comfortable when the time comes. You should also plan what you intend to wear in advance. Do you need to polish your shoes? Iron your shirt? Go shopping for a new interview outfit? Preparation is key to ensuring you do not feel out of your depth in any interview situation. If you can show confidence, professionalism and enthusiasm, you will boost your chances of securing the position. Some jobs may require you to undertake a test at the interview stage. If this is the case, you will be likely to be made aware of this beforehand, enabling you to carry out some practice sessions. Search online for practice tests to gain a better understanding of what you may be asked to do.
Attending a job interview can be extremely nerve-wracking – there is plenty of information available to prepare you for the day itself and help to give you the best possible chance. Whatever you do, don’t be late, as first impressions really count when it comes to the job interview. Speak clearly, be professional and use positive body language. After the interview is over, be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and find out the timescale of when they plan to make their decision. If you do not hear anything within this time frame, feel free to drop them a line.
At the next stage, you will either be given a job offer, or not, as the case may be. Do not feel disheartened if you are unsuccessful – just put it down to experience. You are likely to have learned something from the job interview either way, and can use this knowledge to help you in your continued search. If you receive a job offer, you can congratulate yourself on your hard work! It just goes to show that if you arm yourself with the right tools, you can experience job hunting success! Before you accept the position, check out the employment agreement and make sure you understand it, as well as agreeing on your salary. Does the agreement include such things that are important to you, whether it’s flexible working hours or the opportunity to learn new skills? Once it has been signed, there is no going back. When this has been sorted, it is then the simple matter of agreeing on your start date.
In conclusion, an effective job search requires careful planning and perseverance. You are unlikely to be successful on your very first job application! Trying to find a job without a clear plan can lead to frustration, so why not consider mapping out a schedule with tasks to perform each day? If you view the job search process as a job in itself, you will be better prepared for the journey ahead.