It has been said that
looking for a job is a job in itself, well, this cannot be far from the truth.
A lot of hard work goes into hunting for a job. With the rising innovations in
technology, every job seeker must equip themselves with job hunting skills and
techniques to improve your job search and land you a job offer commensurate to
your skills set, qualifications and talents.
Your skills-set play a
very critical role in determining the kind of job to search for, therefore,
every job seeker should carry out a jo search in line with your skills,
competencies, talents and strengths.
Research shows that in
today’s career world, people take an average of four years on a job before they
change to another career. The world is constantly evolving and the same applies
to jobs and careers. With the constant restructuring of organizations and
companies and layoffs, there is now need for professionals to continually
acquire new skills to position themselves in merging opportunities and face the
constant changes in the job market.
For a successful and
effective job search, each job seeker requires proper planning and strategies
in place. Below are some tips for job seekers looking to land themselves an
- Career Plan
- Firstly, have your career plan in place. This is a roadmap and blueprint
of where you are at now, and where you plan to go with regards to your
career. The plan must have clear steps to help you achieve your career
dream. Your career plan should clearly outline your short and long-term
goals to steer your career to higher heights.
- Write a profession CV and Cover
letter – your CV must clearly outline your
career profile, objective, educational background, experience and
achievements. Select a professional format for your CV and cover letter to
make it attractive and appealing for any employer looking at it. Research
and learn how to adjust both your CV and cover letter for different job
- Career testing and assessment rest
– Undertakes a skills assessment test to enable you
match your skills with job options that suit your interests and values.
Skills assessment tests are designed to help you discover yourself after
which you will make better career choices and position yourself better for
job interviews. The test will also help you gain more confidence and know
what you want with regards to your career.
- Network, network, network – with
all the technological advancements around us, embrace and make use of
technology to network and spread your net wide in your job search. Apply
for jobs on company websites and job and hire sites. Create a LinkedIn
profile and expand your social networking circles by making new friends
and joining professional groups. Get people to give you great
recommendations and referees to put in a good name for you if contacted by
a potential employer.
- Search for jobs online – today,
the jobs that appear on traditional sources like newspapers are now posted
online. With the many job listing sites available, widen your knowledge
and skills on how to search for jobs that match your skills, register with
as many job listing companies as possible. Search engines will also offer
other jobs related to the job you are searching for. Explore the related
jobs such as (online paid advertising manager vs social media manager) and
see what suits your skills. Going through related jobs could also be an
eye opener on the skills demand in the job market.
- Continually learn new skills in
your field – there is never an end to learning.
Based on what your career goal is, create also a professional growth and
development plan and take up short courses to learn new skills in your
area and increase on your knowledge base. Online resources like Coursera,
Khan Academy, Code Academy, LinkedIn Learning offer a wide range of skils
trainings to help beef up your skills-set.
- Research on interview techniques –
this is a very critical part of your job search.
Know what to wear to an interview, how to present yourself confidently,
how to respond to common and tough interview questions, how to carry out
phone interviews, what questions to ask at an interview and all matters
pertaining to interviews. To grasp interview etiquette, participate in
mock interviews to help you prepare well for an interview.
- Motivate yourself to continually
apply for jobs – take a moment to continually apply
for at least 5jobs each day. The more jobs you apply for, the higher your
chances of being invited to an interview and landing yourself your dream
All the best in your job
search. It might look like an uphill task, but with proper planning,
preparations and positioning of yourself, you will surely land yourself your