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The new year is fast approaching, your old job's clock is running out and you're entire being is surged with the possibilities of a new beginning, greater opportunities and fresh learning experiences that might come with a new job.
The real challenge arises when the time to seek out that dream job (and actually getting hired) comes around. Let's not make any bones about it, it's tough out there. There are more people than jobs, the economy is fast slipping down the gutter and there are usually a good number of people competing for the same position as you are and may even be more qualified than you to take the same job on. How then do you not only source out that dream job but also secure the position for yourself? By paying heed to these tips, that's how! Read on o ye job scavenging readers.
Knowledge Is Power, Understanding Is Everything
You need to know the job market like the back of your hand and learn how to read between the lines. Keep in mind that only 10% of the jobs out there are actually advertised. This means there's a whole 90% looking to be discovered by those who have a keen enough mind to do a little extra digging. This will also improve your chances of securing the job because most people will be vying for those classified job opportunities rather than putting in that extra work. By all means, reap the benefits of their laziness fully.
Besides this though, it's also important to have chalked out your knowledge regarding what kind of a job you're looking for. Even if you've got the general area of expertise figured out (engineer, business analyst etc.) what kind of a role would you like to play, where would you like to be in a few years and how long do you plan on being in this company? It's not important to divulge all these things to your future employers but it's important to know them yourself so that you can make the choices that are best for you.
Network, Network, Network
As we all know, there are three major gateways anyone seeking a job needs to get through. Namely a resume, an interview and of course, getting hired. This brings us to our titular outburst—networking is your new best friend. It's how all the best jobs are chanced upon and how the best deals are struck.
So talk to your friends, your family, former colleagues, your butcher, your bhajiwala, your friend's parents and anyone who will listen. Constantly connecting with people puts you in a huge position of advantage because the second they hear of an opportunity, they'll think of you which immediately opens up doors for you.
Diversify Your Search
Don't limit yourself to only one medium of search or even one extremely specific kind of job. Think out of the box, take the risks you need to take and don't be hell bent on sticking to the plan all the time. Look for new ways to connect with employers and most importantly, take advantage of this incredible age of technology we live in and use it to spread the message of your job search as far and wide as it can possibly go.
Also, keeping that technology comment in mind, make sure your social media pages are nice and professional in case the companies decide to check them out and if not, make sure they're properly private and locked up. Seriously, privacy settings might just be the difference between you and the candidate who actually got hired.
Excuse us for the Princess Diaries take on job hunting but we're not only talking about your external appearance here. You need to get on top of your world for both networking purposes and confidence building purposes so that when you reach that interview, they practically won't have a choice but to hire you.
Do whatever it takes. Be proactive, start exercising, get a haircut and a massage, spend time with people that make you feel good and have fun. Work on being happy first. Then sit down and evaluate your skills. Think about what you can do to develop some new ones or seriously improve on the old ones in this transition period. Constantly work on improving yourself in every way possible, it will only enhance your chances of securing that job and finding it. More importantly, think of ways to make yourself unique and hence, indispensable to an organisation. If you can bring something to the table that most other people can't then this is the greatest secret weapon you possess in this job hunting game.
After all, when it comes down to that 'Why should I hire you?' question the last thing you want to do is give a generic answer.
Think Positive, Be Positive, Radiate Positivity
We run the risk of sounding like Deepak Chopra right now but this is no sermon, this tip actually works. Almost always, positive thinking leads to positive results. Doubting yourself and second-guessing every step of this job search is going to hold you back terribly and considering this is just about the easiest step to enact if you have the mental power, you don't really have an excuse.
Of course, every job hunt will be prone to its moments of frustration and bitterness but it's up to you to take them in your stride and keep the faith.
At the end of the day, finding the right job is a perfectly attainable goal. All you really need is the faith that you're going to get there and the grit to work through all the time, steps and effort it involves. Keep that never-say-die attitude alive and you'll be on your way to that fantastic career in no time.
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