Hey you all.. so i have been job hunting and in order to do it smoothly, i have educated myself on the tips to keep in mind while searching for my desired job. As you know, education is very important in today’s society but acquiring a certificate for a degree or whatever level of education you reached, isn’t enough anymore. People can acquire fake certificates these days, it is really very easy and although you might get caught, most times it may take years before one is discovered a fraud. In addition to having a certificate that shows one actually did go to school, one would need to prove themselves to show qualification, capability and competence. In today’s society, another key element which is considered important before one is hired is EXPERIENCE!! Experience, they say, is the best teacher…!!
So here are some tips (list is not exhaustive and they are all in my opinion) to consider before and while job hunting.
Keep in mind that there are so many job opportunities out there! I am quite aware that most youths of today often say there is no employment in my country and the Government is not doing anything about it. But guess what?The jobs are there and people often think that they are not because they haven’t even decided what they want to do and even if what you really want to do is not available, CREATE IT for yourself and this way, you are able to employ other people who desire to do what you are doing.!
Once you have decided what exactly it is your desired job is, the next thing to do is to MAKE YOURSELF READY for that job. Ask yourself, if/when i get this job, am i a good fit for it? By making yourself ready for the job you have applied for, you are educating yourself on every necessary information concerning the institution. Do you have what it takes to perform the duties attached to the position you have applied for? Does your resume/CV reflect who you truly are?
What medium are you using to apply for this job? Your job search should not be limited to online/internet application only. Yes, you have found a nice Law Firm on Google that is hiring.. you have emailed the firm your resume/CV. Why stop there? Go ahead and give the firm a call.. Or, better still, get the firm’s address and submit your resume/CV physically. This will show how serious you are as a potential employee of that firm. I personally, i would advice that your resume/CV be submitted in person, this way, you’re able to ask further questions. Question like: “after how long should i expect a response? when will i be contacted for an interview? do you have a particular dress code? e.t.c.”
RESUME/CV this is the most important document in a job search. Your resume/CV contains your personal information, your previous work experiences, your level of education, your skills and abilities, and finally your references. These are the basic information that one’s resume/CV should contain. Also, you must keep in mind that your resume/CV is not a Tattoo, it doesn’t need to look all pretty and fancy. It should be as simple and straight forward as possible, do not beat about the bush. There is no need, for example, to add that to are a “FASHION BLOGGER” in your CV. Your potential employer does not need to know such information. But, if one is applying for the position of a “Fashion Magazine Editor”, maybe this is an information to boost your capability but it still doesn’t need to be in you resume/CV. Other online profiles such as LinkedIn is also important and it should be very professional. Google resume/CV templates.
When in a job interview, be as interesting as you can possibly be while still being yourself. I am a very talkative person and this can either work for you or work against you in a job interview. When asked questions in an interview, keep your answer straight to the point, don’t add any extra unnecessary answer just to prove that you know. Yes! You are trying to prove that you are fit for the job, but you must also be able to follow instructions. Do not bore your interviewer, you want to be remembered when the interview is over. If you bore your interviewer, it is possible that everything you said was not heard at all. Ask questions on things you don’t understand but do not seem desperate in terms of salary.
First impression matters!! Dress for the job you want!! Yes, you do not have the job yet and maybe when you were called for an interview, you weren’t told the dress code. To be safe, make sure you go with an official look, this leaves an impression on your interviewer that you are serious and if you were to be given the job that same day, you will be ready to play the part.
Now that you have gotten the job you wanted.. this shows that you were assertive and you did the right things. CONGRATULATIONS.!! What’s next? Well, do not change. Do not make your employer regret hiring you because am sure there are cases out there where people become totally different personalities from after being hired. They become lazy, rude to other colleagues, incompetent, and the list goes on. Don’t be one of those people!! 🙂
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By: Vanessa Vese (THEOLUCHI)