How to Look for a Job

How to Look for a Job

You are at a point in life where you are ready to go out there and make some cash under your name. You could be a school leaver after Advanced Level or fresh out of college or even someone who has left their previous employment and is keeping an eye out for new horizons. Nonetheless, a job that suits you, and that will pay you what your worth is what you're looking for.

Before everything else, make a current CV or resume. Add your most recent qualifications to it, may it be a degree / course, past experience in whatever field that you had been, areas you are good at and interested in doing. Think quality over quantity. Shorter is sweeter when it comes to CVs, so don't make it stuffy. It should speak directly to the hiring HR manager and show your skills and attributes and position you for the job you want. Consider going online and marketing yourself using LinkedIn and Twitter too.

Know yourself

Know what you can do and can't do. But don't underestimate or overestimate your qualifications. Know your strengths and valuesso that you can match them with your career goals. Sometimes, these might not be clear to you, especially if you're a school leaver. In that case, go out and explore your possibilities. What things do you like doing? Do you like numbers and graphs and is good at math? Perhaps an environment of finance would be your calling. Are you a people person? A position at HR might suit you. You love travelling and meeting new people and have a knack for making good connections? An upcoming hotel chain could be looking for you.

Liking what you do will make you do it better. A clear idea of what you want to do, what skills and experiences you bring in and how you'd like your career to grow will be useful when writing application material.

Hunt for it

Focus and direct your search on to areas you will see yourself at your best. Browse the net and log in to a good website (digital sourcing channel) register, upload your CV, research industry trends. Talk to people. Make contacts. Send out applications, and prepare yourself for interviews. Track what you do so know when to follow up on it, and how places could be connected.

Sitting behind a computer for hours on end might not be ideal. Instead, raise your network up a notch or two, as jobs are sometimes filled through referrals before they're advertised.  Let others know that you are looking for a job.

If you think you aced in your interview, but end up not getting the job, you might need to brush up on your skills 

But above all,

Keep an open mind

Be patient and positive. All your dedicated work in the job hunt won't show results overnight. There will be rejections. Don't let it dampen your spirits. Its okay to hold out for the right slot that you think will suit your career goals and value. You don't have to settle for a poor compromise that risks you right back on a job hunt. In the meanwhile, if you feel your qualifications need an amp up, browse for courses / qualifications that add value to you in the field you have chosen.