Sooner or later we come up against the situation when we need to find a job.
It doesn’t matter if you finished university or came from maternity leave, or just wanted to change career line. Almost every time job searching is accompanied by emotions, uncertainty about the future and stress.
The hiring process has grown considerably more complicated in recent years. Now, instead of a single phone screen and in-person interview, the process often involves personality and skills assessments, presentations, take-home assignments, and multiple interviews with different stakeholders throughout the organization.
It’s clear that today’s employers are serious about finding candidates who are the right fit, who are going to succeed in the company and mesh with the culture.
Lets make the job search time less nervous and divide this long and daunting process into small steps. You will find that searching for work – not such a terrible thing, what it may seems to be!
1. Get one’s bearings
Think about what you expect from the work. Do not blindly trust the opinions of friends and acquaintances about their experience in their companies. Everyone is different and what one person seems to be the best place to work, can be completely different approach. Be honest with yourself, and figure out what you expect from the future place of work, what purposes are planning to achieve. Prioritize what is the most important thing for you at work – money, stability, social status, the complexity of tasks, career prospects. Make a list, placing these points in descending order of importance, and remember it well: it will be useful tool for you, when the time comes to make a choice.
2. Check the market situation
Carefully study the job market. Note what is happening in the field that interests you: what are the average salaries, the latest developments, trends and leaders among employers. Gather as much information as possible, so that you will get a complete picture of potential prospects.
3. Study the vacancies ads
After determining the list of eligible professions, start to learn about the job ad. Currently, the most popular sources are the printed media, as well as ads on the Internet. Most companies – both large companies and smaller organizations – include the announcement of the open positions. So now, this method is one of the most effective.
4. Ask your friends
Make a list of friends, the field of which is interesting for you. Arrange a personal meeting over a cup of coffee, get a conversation on the work topic . It is not difficult to find out whether they are looking for experts during this conversation. Even if it turns out that this method does not bring the desired result, at least, you will see a lot of people, and maintaining contacts is very valuable in our time.
5. Check your employer
When you have found a position that is suitable for you, and its specification, all looks very cool, not too lazy you need to check out the company before you send a resume.
Find out what this organization is, what goals they have in the market, which provides employees comfortable working conditions.
It can be quite difficult to know the opinion of employees. Even if your loved one is working in the company, you can not be absolutely sure that you will get complete and accurate information from him.
6. Make a successful CV
Writing a CV can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting. Most employers spend just a few seconds scanning each CV before sticking it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile. Experts say there are some golden rules for getting a CV correct, not least accuracy, spelling and grammar.
Don’t repeat the mistakes, they say, of a lawyer who stressed his “dew diligence”, or the applicant who ignored commas when describing his interests as “cooking dogs and interesting people”.
If sending a CV as a hard copy, along with a job application, then it needs to be neat and typed if possible. Most libraries have public computers which can be used by those who do not have their own.
Increasingly, applicants are asked to send a digital copy of a CV. If this is the case then the first set of “eyes” to see it might be an automated search for key words, so experts suggest applicants ensure mandatory requirements in the job advert are included in a CV.
7. Get ready for interview
Before you prepare for the interview, stop and take a step back to review the interview from the recruiter’s viewpoint. Think about why each question is asked – some say to analyze the question behind the question – and try to understand what skills or attributes are actually being evaluated in your response. If you can understand this process and prepare accordingly, you will not only survive, but also succeed in interviews.
Interviews are business meetings. Prepare accordingly. Know what you want to talk about; know your resume thoroughly; be able to cite examples of skills, lessons learned or goals met all across the resume page. Dress like you care. Give the impression that this is an important meeting for you.
Recruiters will not try to embarrass you or cause you stress. They have a difficult task in conducting 10 to 15 interviews daily. Help them select you by being prepared. Ultimately, recruiters must find from 1-5 candidates who “fit” their needs. The quality of candidates referred for second, on-site interviews is a direct reflection on the recruiter’s ability to know and choose talent. His or her job is a difficult one.