If you’re currently on a job role and you desire to change jobs, or you’re currently unemployed and you need a job, these are five effective strategies to help you job search the right way.
The job market is competitive. Graduates are applying to organizations everyday (with or without specifications) and we’re made to believe that there are jobs everywhere, a person needs to be smart. On my career journey, I speak with people who are experienced and have the right skills for the job roles they desire, yet, they can’t find a job. I played in this beach before, it’s still a mystery.
In this generation where young individuals are responsible for their lives and they sometimes don’t cry for help, unemployment for them causes sadness and a feeling of pity especially when their contemporaries are doing well.
Someone once said to me, “It’s smarter to apply for a job while you’re on a current role.” I quite agree. You’re on a track that allows you the grace to still earn whilst job searching. For those who leave their jobs with the hope to get another soonest, they get agitated and resentful when it doesn’t work out and soonest seem like forever. This is because they’re out of work, eating into their savings and hopeful for a job. They ask themselves “what else can I do with my life?” For some, this is their point of break- through.
Whatever your current experience, these are five effective strategies to help you job search right.
- Take control.
Just like life, it’s your responsibility to take control of your career, to find jobs that match your skills and interests, create resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews and follow up after interviews.
Job hunting can be overwhelming and regardless of the downsides, you must take control. Make it easier for yourself by mastering the search and application process which will help you get better opportunities.
2. Be selective.
When you focus on your target job, it helps you look in the right place. You’re well informed of the job sites you explore and sign up for. Narrow your job search on the types of job you’re interested in. According to Claire Bissot, he says “Focus on the core places that would make most sense for your career and don’t get distracted by the others.”
You might be tempted to send your applications to various unrelated companies, but this isn’t the best approach. Apply to companies that you feel passionate about and, be sure that your career path is supported there.
There’s power in networking and it can be both offline and online. Most often, people who are job hunting consider networking as a serious approach. However, don’t appear too desperate. When you network, consider it as a value exchange process, it shouldn’t be one-sided.
The people in your network might not be able to immediately land you a job, but the foundation has been built. They’ll always have you in mind.
When you network in conferences, career fairs, events, training, online, etc, do not describe multiple jobs that you want to be considered for. The problem with this is that it doesn’t stay memorable to the listener. Do not say “I don’t mind any job. I can do any role.” I suggest that you’re clear and simple when describing the job you want. It proofs to the listener that you’re focused on a set position rather than positions you’re not skilled at. If you express interest in an open position in a company, the hiring manager will likely not take you seriously among other candidates.
4. Promote yourself on Online
This is an advantage. When I hear people say that they got their jobs through LinkedIn or social media platforms, it never surprises me.
Once you’re sure of the industry and position you’re interested in, promote yourself online. Hiring managers want to hear about your skills and are concerned about what you can do for them and the company. Focus on your magic and be clear about your strength and how it can help an organization achieve desired growth.
Showcase your knowledge in a given area online. Start a blog or personal website focused on your areas of expertise (Peace Itimi vlogs about brands and digital marketing). LinkedIn is a great platform to network with professionals and sell yourself.
I have a friend whom I haven’t physically met, his name is Tim Salau. On his social media platforms, he educates his audience on the future of work.
What are you knowledgeable about? Share the knowledge, a recruiter may reach out to you (you may never know).
5. Spread the Word
While the internet makes your job search easy, you can also still get a job through other means. Talk to friends, family, contacts, gatherings, etc. Spread the word that you’re job hunting to people. They’ll help you with information or job postings you may not know about.