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How to find a job

How to find a job

photo-1427751840561-9852520f8ce8You've just gotten out of college and you can't wait to start working, or maybe you've been working an unsatisfying job and you think it's time to seek new pastures. Finding a job that suits both your skills and financial requirements can be quite the task; hence the importance of planning first can never be overstated. Indeed, there are measures you can take that may just help you secure that dream job. If you're wondering what measures I'm talking about, take a look.

Before we discuss the different ways of getting a job, you need to first evaluate yourself and set some personal goals. Questions like, "Where do I see myself in the next 10 years?" or " Will this job help me grow as an individual?" should be at the top of your list. Seeking counsel from professionals could really help you determine what you want in a job. Once you've realized your goals, it's now time to start looking for a job.


1.) Create a network

Yes, networking can prove to be very helpful when it comes to job searching. Since you know the type of job that would fit your skills, start looking for influential people in your field who could help you land that dream job. It could be friends, school alumni or even friends of friends.

Creating a network is like casting a wide net into the sea, it increases your chances of getting hired. If possible, you could also acquire the services of a job search coach. Such people are entrusted with the task or recruiting skilled individuals by employers and they are always on the know when it comes to job vacancies. Therefore, hiring one is actually a very good idea.


2.) Send multiple flawless applications

During recruitment, employers pay a lot of attention to details. Spelling or grammatical errors in your application could just be what loses you that precious opportunity.

When filling out applications, have a checklist. This helps you in distinguishing one application from the other so that you don't fill in the wrong details or apply multiple times. Additionally, once you're done with the application, proofread it. A thorough, flawless application shows a potential boss how serious and dedicated you are, improving your chances of getting hired.

Just like creating a network, make sure to send as many applications as you can (to suitable employers of course) to increase your chances of landing an interview.


3.) Stay organized and available

Once you've sent your applications, you never know when an opportunity may arise. A reply may take a month, a week or even a few days, so, always stay prepared.

Remember the checklist you made? It can proof very handy here. Replies may come in any form or order, so knowing the details of a particular employer saves you the embarrassment of asking who it is when you get a phone-call. Furthermore, the recruiter may ask you to avail yourself on short notice, so make sure to keep all your papers close and neat.


4.) Sharpen your skills and build experience

As mentioned earlier, you never know when you'll get a reply. Sometimes, the position you're looking for may have numerous pending applications meaning it can take the employer weeks to reply.

During this "free time", don't stay idle. Volunteering for projects is a great way to build your resume as well as getting you some much-needed experience.

Employers nowadays focus on a number of things other than a college degree when recruiting. Excellent people skills, good problem-solving skills, perfect oral and written communication and ideal leadership skills are some of the important traits that they look for in candidates. Volunteering gets you just that.

Apart from volunteering, you can also apply for an internship. This not only sharpens your skills, it also gains you important references. You never now, the firm may even decide to employ you.


5.) Use the Internet to your advantage

The world is in a constant state of digital migration, which means a lot is happening online.

Subscribing for job alerts from trusted websites could be a very powerful tool in your job search. This not only saves you valuable time, it also provides you with a variety of jobs to choose from.

Additionally, having profiles on sites such as LinkedIn can help you connect with established people in your particular field, vastly increasing your chances of getting a job.


6.) Make sure to impress at the interview

I cannot overemphasize the need to be at your best during the interview. This is basically what gets you the job.

Practice before the interview, get there early, look sharp, be professional and you may just get employed. Strive to make each interview better than the last and see the demand for your services grow steadily.

After the interview, don't leave it that. Send a thank-you card to the recruiter/potential employer to show just how dedicated you are. A hand-written letter is far much better than an email since it makes the employer feel special.


Using these 6 simple steps is sure to give you an edge over other applicants when it comes to getting a job. Remember to always stay motivated and never give up; good things come those who wait. I wish all the best in your job search.


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