5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU SEARCH YOUR FIRST JOB

For most of us the daily routine is like waking up at 6 o’ clock, then rushing towards the office, but many of us are still struggling to enter into office life. Hunting a new job is never easy. It doesn’t matter if you experience or not, the job market is full of scuffles for everybody. Whenever you are in search of the perfect job, you have to face many difficulties be patient. Now, the big question is how should you approach looking for a job??

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When we enter the job market or leave an organization, we feel overwhelmed. For a fresher this is because they are not aware of the ongoing trends and market needs experienced employees. For an experienced person, it is about falling into inactivity and not being able to support a living. The first rule of job hunt is to remain calm, stress free, and confident. Be optimistic and don’t demotivate yourself. Here are some of the things that might help you while you are hunting for a job.

  • Set targets

You need to set goals for yourself, like you must tell yourself that you’ve to get a job by the end of the month. Yeah, I agree that this is a big challenge, as finding a job in just three weeks is a big deal. But, this will give you focus and on daily basis you can set a target of being indulged in at least one meaningful conversation about a job opportunity.

  • Maintain an optimistic mindset

You can create a list of positive statements about yourself and about your approach for getting a new job. This list will help you in reinforcing a positive mindset every morning and whenever you fee negative these few statements will encourage you. You will turn yourself around and focus once again after reading a few positive lines.

Don’t dwell on the past and simply map your career. Redundancy can be an opportunity for you and this opportunity will act like reset button for you. You won’t get many chances in your lifetime and job hunting is one of them, so use it efficiently and map out the career that you want and focus on achieving your aims.

  • Network

You can create a list of your contacts, I mean all the people that can help you in job hunting like any recruitment consultant, etc. These people can potentially help you, try sending e-mails and make phone calls to them, so that they know that you are in the market. They will definitely tell you what all opportunities are available for you.

  • Shape your career story

Update your CV at first and make a list of your achievements; you should mention your expertise, knowledge and skills in it. This will help you in staying motivated and will tell the employers why you are worth the role you desire. Remain motivated and you will soon find the perfect place for you, if you keep trying to move forward. We advised you to stay focused on your aim. Believe in yourself…searching a new job might be difficult but it’s not impossible!

HOW TO STAND OUT & GET NOTICED DURING JOB HUNT

When you apply to the job, it is very important that you do not appear as one from the crowd, you need to appear as the one outside the crowd for people to notice you. With the outgrowing competition between companies, firms, employees and candidates, it is almost impossible for someone to hold their individuality. The uniqueness of your talent and caliber gets somehow lost in the crowd and you become one of the thousand faces that go unnoticed every year. To make your resume and your personality stand out for your desired job, you need follow these simple yet useful advises.

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A thorough research on the company before you go for the interview will help you get an idea of what the company may be expecting. What’s the company all about? How and when was it founded? What is the total revenue of the company? What are its achievements and success till date? These are the profound questions that need your attention. Having great knowledge about the company you are interviewing in sets an impressive image of you since the beginning. It shows your commitment, loyalty and dedication to the company as an employee and how serious you are about landing that job and not just any job.

Have an online portfolio. Company likes to do a background check on their potential employees and what other source is better than social media? Provide links to your social media accounts so that your company can get to know more about your personality and interests. If you have your own page or website, that’s even better.

Customize your resume. If you seriously think that recruiters in corporative firms have time to go through each and every resume that they come across, then you have to be humoring yourself. It is advisable you make your resume in sync with the job you are applying to rather than a common general resume. Recruiters are not interested in reading your skills that are not required for the job profile you are applying for. So make sure your resume, the mentioned strength, skills and experience in it tell your recruiter why you are most suitable for the applied job and not for any job.

Right personality and right attitude can take you places where normal sheet of paper can’t. Your resume is nothing if you do not hold the right attitude to execute it in the interview. Big firms and companies already have ample of options of highly skilled, well qualified and majorly experienced candidates to choose from. So what is that they ultimately decide from? It is how you come across during your interview. How confident you are, how fluently can you answer the questions and how nicely can you sell your perks, these are the pointers any interviewer looks for in the candidate. Be confident, smiling and bold with your answers. Show them your creative side as well as uniqueness and they are bound to get impressed.

Let them know you are planning to stay with the company for the long run and how you can be a great asset to them. No one wants to invest in employees who have the potential to ditch the firm at any stage. Talk about your ideas and your expectations for the company and with the company. Discuss strategies and ideas that you plan to execute if you were an employee of the company and how such planning has worked for you in your past job.

Six ways to get a job right after university

We live in an extremely fast world. After the Internet revolution, everything happens faster than before. Under such circumstances, no one has time. Naturally, right after university, the graduate has to look for a job. She has to make some money and make a living.

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Finding a job right after college may look like a complicated affair. So, here are a few suggestions that can ease the process for you.

Write out an excellent application. Your CV should show your passion and interests. Show that employer what you are passionate about and why. Vague applications are a major turn-off. So, put all your energy to prepare the application demonstrating all your abilities and skills, and prior work experience, if any. This much should be good enough to start you off in a right path. Be enthusiastic about the industry. This can fetch you a lot in the long-term.

Graduation is the end of your college life and the beginning of your work life. This is just the first baby step that you are taking. If you are wobbly and unsure, there is nothing wrong with it. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Your first job will not determine or dominate your entire career. The world is changing. Industries are changing. So in a few years, the world of work will also change. Try to know as much as you can and leave the rest to the days to come. In the coming months, you will make it more manageable.

Master’s degree would not make you more employable. That is a fact. Unless you are planning to enter the academia, you do not really need the master’s to grab more attention from the employers. Unless your master’s is a vocational degree, the employer would not be too impressed with it. If you are pursuing a master’s degree, you will have to make sure that you gain some work experience with internships. That will come in your favor. Your internship might make you a better power-point presenter or give real data-handling experience. This will add greatly to your CV.

Social Media can be a boon in your job search. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook can be places where you can let the headhunters find you. You are smart and intelligent and have a good degree from a reputed college. Now all you need is to put up an excellent profile on social media. Try to keep your opinions to yourself and not do anything untoward that might mar your employability quotient. With the help of social media, you can access a great plethora of job options posted online by the recruiters.

Be proactive and make the best use of the job search engines. First check the industries you are planning to work in. Second, you search out for employers, without waiting for the advert. Finally, talk to the people who are already working there. With a fantastic network, you are well set to build a great career.

Last but not least, do not give up on your dream job. It can be disheartening in the beginning as it is very competitive these days. But be on the look-out and try to know the qualifications or work experience you need for your dream job. Many places would look for experienced candidates. So, start working in a good place in your desired industry, build your network and move up the ladder eventually. You are only a graduate and embarking up on your working life. You have nothing to lose. So, be adventurous and put your best foot forward.

 

How To Find A Job Through Company Targeting

Searching for a new job can be tiring! Looking at advertisements, relying on friends for information on job vacancies, updating your curriculum vitae, preparing for interviews, and the list goes on…The worst is waiting, for that phone call! Almost kills you every time you are told after an interview that you will be called on whether you got it or not.

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Even worse when you walk into a company with full enthusiasm, and later realize that you don’t like the work culture there! What about choosing where to work instead of employers choosing you? Here are four great ways that can help you step up your job search game by targeting your favourite companies directly and applying to them.

  1. Be clear of your expectations

It is important to know what you expect from your workplace and keep your search criteria based on that. Whether you would want flexible work hours, a high salary, a specific kind of culture, or a particular profile or post, it is important to filter companies according to your expectations, and then applying, rather than getting disappointed later. Knowing what you want is the first step towards making a good choice. Also, if you apply at a company you like, your interview kills and the chance of getting a job will automatically increase.

  1. Make a list of companies

The second step, after figuring out what you want, is to search for companies that fulfill your criteria. This may be time taking, but a good research will provide you good results, too. If you are wondering where all you can search then of course the internet comes in handy in today’s era. Focus on the ‘Best Companies’ list. You can also check online newspapers, go to job exhibitions, Google employee reviews, go through the companies’ social media profiles, understand their services and products, and also depend on recommendations of your mentors.

  1. Seek opportunities

If you dig a little deeper into your list, you will see many work possibilities which you can focus on. Some more investigation, such as connecting with company employees through social media can help you gain further knowledge about the company and confidence in your research. Now, you need to find out if the companies on your list are actually involved in your field of interest, if they have vacancy or a potential vacancy in the coming months, what the procedure of selection is, and whether you have a shot there or not!

  1. Promote your skills on social media

Branding yourself and allowing people to see you for your skills is a great way to attract a good job especially on social media. Employers are looking on social media nowadays for candidates who are well aware and enthusiastic about their work. Promoting your skills on an online platform will not only help you overcome fear, and improve your confidence, but can also expose you to a number of opportunities you were not aware of before.

The 4 C’s To Stay Mentally Tough For Job Search

Job searching can sometimes drain all your energy and hope. The fear of rejection, the stress of finding a good job where you won’t feel stuck later on, the tension to make it at the interview and so much more can make our minds exhausted. The result is that we end up not performing well and not using our optimum efforts. A lot of people don’t realize that job search is not only the task of finding a job, but also the time when one needs to reflect on their knowledge, be their own critic (which is in itself a challenging job), and improve their skills.

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In short, job search requires you to be mentally tough!

Everybody is tough but being able to use your mental energy to your best requires some special areas to pay attention to. Here are the Four C’s of every job search that mentally strong people know…Get insights here!

  • CHALLENGE

Qualities such as determined focus and dedicated support to oneself are important as they can help one see the job search challenge as an opportunity to grow, to improve, and to excel. Job search is like a game that you are playing against invisible players from around the world. The employers are the judges, and creating an ever-lasting impression is the goal. Only those who go an extra mile get the opportunities paved on that way. Remember playing Mario? We were always looking for some extra places to collect some extra coins. That’s the kind of passion we need during job search! A challenging game like Mario taught us how things could appear fun and simple even when we struggle to never lose hope and not give up, with just a hint of enthusiasm and inspiration!

  • CONFIDENCE

Confidence is a quality that can take you to the places fear doesn’t let you! A misconception suggests that confidence comes naturally! It’s not true. Even the most amazing leaders, experienced speakers, and great entrepreneurs have become nervous…the trick is how well they fake confidence to overcome all the negative feelings and doubts they have on the back of their mind. Just don’t let your under-confidence capture the moment. Tell yourself, “You can do it!” and you will realize the amazing difference it creates on your daily life. Practicing helps, too but the most important thing is to encourage own yourself continuously can stay committed to this choice. No one has control over your mind and thoughts.Use this to your benefit!

  • COMMITMENT

The moment you leave, you lose! Stay committed to staying committed while on job search. When it comes to success, commitment is a very important factor. The will to do something and the dedication to fulfill it can help you achieve your goals. A lot of people struggle from sticking to a single task either due to repetitive unsuccessful approach or because they lose hope much before they find a solution. The best route to staying committed is staying positive. Competition can either create a drive in you to stay committed and become successful, or make you give up. Though one needs assurance to help them stay committed to their efforts, it is no surprise that people who stop working and stop trying never become successful.

  • CONTROL

Taking control of your situation depends on how well you take control of your thoughts and actions. Rather than getting affected by the negativities of life, taking control of events helps one to perform much better. Controlling the feelings of despair and the anxiety one faces after losing a job can many a time disturb the focus. To control means to take in charge of your life and change it for good. Most of the things associated with job search are usually not in control of the candidate, but there is still one which matters the most- Your ‘conduct.’ Everything depends on this! Don’t you think so?

A fun way of hiring helps break the ice and understand a jobseeker better

For those who understand the employment market, hiring as a process needs to be done in an innovative and interactive manner, for one has to attract the best in this limited pool of talent. So, a non-contemporary and non-conservative way of hiring comes handy. So how does creativity helps break the ice and makes hiring a fun process? Read on…

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In this digital age where media is playing such an important role in helping all of us stay connected and with so many Facebook users, the employers as well as the employees need to know about the importance of this platform. The employer can create a buzz around the job and make it more interactive for the job seeker. In its job portal sites, the company can tell the candidate about the company features, the staff, the perks the salary offers etc. Various videos can be added to make the job portal more interesting.

When it comes to one on one interview if the interviewer asks the candidate to come out with out of the box job ideas, then not only is the candidate more interested, but at the same time the company is able to find fresh talents.

Now if you want to separate the wheat from the husk, this time do something different. How about adding another layer? How about creating an open house discussion between the applicants during an induction process? This not only would make the job processing more interactive but at the same time the candidates would come to know about each other’s opinion too. They would come to know about their weak and their strong points. And from among-st this crowd, one can fish out real talent. According to ‘Wall street journal’; a consulting agency ‘I love rewards Inc.’ out of 1200 members were able to pick out 400 members through open house discussions.

So, forget the various online portals, one has adopted new innovative ways to stand far away from this madding crowd and hire new talents.