10 THINGS TO DO WHILE HUNTING FOR JOB.
These points are important to make Hunting for Job period not too long.
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you would be able to see further”
1. APPROACH JOB HUNTING AS A FULL TIME JOB-
If you are serious about looking for job, you must take job hunting as a serious job. Starting from how you package your CV, your cover letters.
Please note that you don’t send same CV for all job openings.Customize your resume for each job you apply for.Take some time to perfect your resume, CV or portfolio to adequately showcase your skills, education and experience. Write unique cover letters for each position, explaining why you want the job and how you feel you can add value to the company.
2. BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE-
Let all your social media accounts speak volume about you,make sure your profile explain more about you (check my profile).Get on LinkedIn,Spend some time making sure your profile is complete, & accurately showcases your skills and experience. Ask your connections to endorse you and to give you personal and professional recommendations.
When looking for work, time can be your friend. Instead of sitting on your hands waiting for the perfect job to surface, use that time to work on building your personal brand.
This might include polishing up your image on social media, getting involved in online and offline professional groups.
While building your personal brand requires time and commitment, it’s a strategy that can help you now as well as in the future.
3. TAKE ADVANTAGES OF NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES-
There are many networking opportunities offered by various meetups, conferences, boot-camps where you can meet professionals in your field. Most of which are free, other require you register to attend, some are also paid events.
Since you don’t have to work, you have plenty of time to get connected with others.
Take advantage of any networking opportunities offered to you, as you never know which will be the chance you’ve been waiting for.
Reaching out to other professionals in your field.
4. START A BUSINESS-
The maximum period you should stay doing nothing searching for jobs is 6 months prevalent is the labor market, the moment you are more than 25 yrs old, entry job closes on you and best you can get afterwards is experienced job offer.
How do you want to have experience without working. So running your own personal business could be a leverage for necessary experience. In your own business, give yourself a position and add that to your CV with all your responsibility.
If you don’t have internship opportunity, start a business in line with your area of study or skill set. So next time when you are applying for a job, you would have an experience to share. Questions like what is the most tasking work you have would be easy for you to answer.
5. GO FOR A PROFESSIONAL COURSE OR LEARN A NEW SKILL-
Whether you’re looking for a job in a new field or just wanting to upgrade your current skill set, taking a professional course online or offline can help your resume get noticed.
Not only does it give you new skills, it shows that you’re motivated and willing to do what it takes to better yourself and get the right job. There are a a lot of professional courses you can take in line with your course of study or skill set.
6. PREPARE SERIOUSLY FOR ALL INTERVIEWS-
Don’t head into your interview unpracticed! Instead, review interview questions at home ahead of time so you’ll have solid answers to almost anything that comes up. Use google to search for similar interview questions for the role you would be interviewed for. Make effort to visit the website of the company you are looking forward to get a job, this would help you have residual knowledge about them. Getting prepared for an interview gives you confidence before the interview panel.
7. BE INVOLVED AND CONNECTED TO YOUR INDUSTRY-
Just because you’re not working doesn’t mean you should just drop out of your field. Stay involved with industry events, news, and chat so you won’t get left behind.
Attend events in your industry, network with people who are major players in your industry. Most jobs in most cases are announced internally in some organization and in most cases it only those within a certain circle knows about them.
8. RE-ASSES YOUR GOALS AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE-
Do you know where you really want to be in five years? The answer might not be what you thought it would be five years previously, especially in light of your unemployment. Take a hard look at your life and figure out what you really want from your career and your personal relationships. Plan your future as this would guide you on what to do per time, the professional course you need to take,skill sets you need to master etc.
It can be easy to loose focus if you don’t know what you want, it is not all professional course that is right for you, not all skills would add value to you.
You don’t follow the crowd all the time to do things that would not be useful to you are present or in the future.
9. LEARN TO BE POSITIVE AND SELF MOTIVATING-
Based on personal experience,job hunting can be tiring. Searching for too long can be stressful, depressing and frustrating. Always learn positive thinking and self motivation. While positive thinking can’t instantly make your life amazing, it can help to keep you motivated, improve your health, and generally make you happier. Give it a try next time you feel negative thoughts creeping in.
If you are reading this and you have friends or family members who are looking for job, kindly always reach out to them often.
Pray to whatever you believe in. Sometimes your unemployment state might need a bit of spiritual intervention that simple prayer and spiritual engagements can make possible. I believe in Jesus Christ,The Son of God and in His capacity to make a way where there is no way.