Anyone looking for a job will have to undergo a process of job search, which usually entails the job seeker seeking employment by scanning online or on papers for job opportunities, getting in touch with their network of contacts, refining and sending resumes, attending interviews and awaiting the results.
Job searches can be nerve-wracking for many new job seekers. Thus we have gathered here some job search tips here that could help you hunt for that new job smoothly and in a shorter period of time.
Expand your job search avenues. Some common avenues to look for job opportunities are online job search engines and newspapers. However, there Is a whole hidden market of job vacancies that goes unpublished. To access this market, it is essential that you tap into your network of contacts to find out if companies are hiring. Another way would be to attend career fairs, talks and seminars where hiring and recruiting managers are present. Hard work is required in searching for the job you are looking for.
Have your CV updated frequently. Always have the most up-to-date resume on hand to give out to employers at a short notice. You should also be able to amend the resume quickly to suit the different employer's requirements. Try using a simpler and clean template for quicker editing. Same goes for your cover letter which you also will need to cater to different employers. A good template for a cover letter will let you change the content to match the requirements of the job you're applying for, but, the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs won't need to be changed.
Be easily contactable. It is a waste if the prospective employer is unable to contact you for an interview. Hence it is imperative that you print clearly on your CV and resume the number you can be contacted at any time. Email addresses are also important and can help to create a professional image of you.
Don’t be afraid to get some help. It’s not easy getting at it on your own. Often times, it’ll be good to consider getting some advice or help with your resume writing and interview skills either with your school’s career services or friends and family. In this way, you can get second opinions on your resume as well as learn some quick tips to refine your interview skills before the actual interview. CareerHub@CAO offers quick advising sessions with career coaches in these areas. Sessions are available every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 1-4pm.
Get notified of jobs by email. Be updated on the go. Several job search sites offer customized job listings sent to your email. Just sign up for the service, indicating the kinds of industries you are keen on looking for jobs in and soon you will be able to obtain frequent updates on jobs available. Use job search agents to sign up and receive job listings by email. All the major job sites have search agents and some websites specialize in sending announcements.
Have your References Ready. Always prepare a list of at least three references including name, job title, company, phone number and email address ready to give to interviewers. It will also be good to update them periodically on the jobs you are being interviewed for and send them your resumes for reference. This will help prepare your references better in case any employers call, and it will also help you in the end.
Don't be disheartened. Sometimes the going gets tough with lengthy waits for calls and multiple rejections. However, it is important to not give up hope. Evaluate and readjusts your job requirements and wants if you deem fit and keep trying. One day you will be successful in obtaining a job you want.