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How to search a job
How to search a job: A question that haunts not just a fresher but any one looking for a new job. A surface look at the question will give the answer: post your resume on a job site or with recruiters. Well if that was the ultimate answer, everyone in the world would have been sitting on a hot position of their dream job!
So what exactly is required to search a job that would land you in the job of your dreams? Read on to get an idea.
Research is inevitable: Research is the most important part of a job hunt.
There are many areas of concern and of research that are there for searching a job, read further to know more.
Know your field of interest as well as expertise
It is important that you know the area of your interest as well as the area of your expertise. There is a high chance that these might not overlap. There are many aptitude tests devised by various researchers to test your personality and the areas or fields that are apt for you. These tests help you to map your interests according your skills to the respective fields of employment. There are also professional consultants who offer their services to help you chose the best field to work in and give career guidance.
All that apart, a little introspection can also do the trick. Take some time off to think about what are your interests and which area of employment would you prefer most.
Job search as a fresher
Immediately out of college or university, the best way to go about is through placements or by availing the university career services. There are many companies that prefer freshers for certain job posts. The idea is to train the fresher themselves and then make them their permanent employees.
Job search as an experienced candidate
If you are experienced for a number of months or years and are looking for another place to work in, your university career services might still come in handy. The university usually has an extensive data about job openings, job sites, and respectable companies that are looking to recruit new people with and without experience. Hence half of your work is done by the University.
How to search for a job while employed
To look for a job while you have a job is always a good idea; however, it becomes a little tricky to spread out your search without the management getting to know about your preparations to leave. Yet, if you keep it too quite, no one is going to offer you a job unless s/he knows that you are looking for one. Here are a few pointers that can be kept in mind while looking for a job in this situation:
Writing a resume might seem a simple task that requires you to fill all your achievements and experience so far. But intricacies arise in terms of how you place them. It is important to be honest, but it is also important to make your resume positive and attractive to the employer. There are a bunch of reference resumes that you can look up online for format and patterns; however, a resume should also be personalized and depict what you stand for and where you stand in life, customized in a way that prioritizes the job requirement as your skills. The order in which you place things also matters. For example if you are going for an interview for a writer's position, your writing skills, experience, interests should be placed above the others.
The resumes can always be experimented with, yet there is a certain professional touch that is appreciated by the recruiters and prospective companies.
The most important thing for your career to reach where you want it to reach is networking. It is like a magic key to most things. Never miss a chance of getting to know someone. Building connections and networks is the most essential criteria for a successful career. People you know matters.
Social networking sites can be a boon or a bane for a job seeker. Always remember, every employer checks your profile on social networking sites like Facebook, Tumbler, LinkedIn, Twitter and such. There have even been instances when employers have asked for the login ID and password of the candidate!
However, social networking sites are a great way to take your job search to the next level. There is an adequate amount research required to be done. It is important that you only add people that you know as your connections. Especially on LinkedIn, it is imperative that all your contacts are real people whom you have interacted with and know personally.
Take some initiatives
Sometimes organizations like to see a spark of enthusiasm in the candidates. Hence if there is a company that you really like and would want to get a job in; apply personally whether there is vacancy or not.
Also, it sometimes works in the favor of the job seeker to randomly post their resumes and wait for a call.
As much as possible try and contact the employer personally. Use the contacts that are provided on the job sites.
It is considered a foolish mistake not to know about the basic company details when you sit in for your job interview.