Have you been looking for an employment for a long time? Is getting a job hard for you? Trust me you are not alone in this! Many more job-seekers out there are facing these same frustrations. We all embark on job seeking because we want a new or better position.
No one ever said that seeking for a job would be fun and easy, but it doesn’t have to be so frustrating. The sad thing is that most of these people think that getting a job is just difficult. The moment you understand why jobs are proving so hard to get, you can make efforts to improve your chances of success.
To get that job you are seeking, you need not make assumptions that are not true. In many cases, people with talents have found themselves upended because they were surprised about something they didn’t know or expect. Here are five factors to keep in mind while seeking a job.
- Have the necessary skills and experience.
Any employer will hire you because they are convinced that you already have the skills and experience to do the job. There is always room to make a significant career change. Regardless of the circumstance, you should demonstrate a strong basis of relevant skills and experience on which the hiring manager can predict your success. You could be over or underqualified for a certain position. If your skills don’t make you a dream candidate for that job, adjust your expectations accordingly.
Computer illiteracy is one of the reasons many job seekers lose chances of employability. With the rising world-wide development in technology, every job seeker needs to be computer literate. Recent research has shown that computer literacy rates high among the skills required by most employers.
Even if you manage to land your dream job without a firm grasp of the important aspects of computer literacy, technological skills are becoming increasingly valued by employers. Even jobs that once required no computer skills, now use computers to carry out various duties.
- Your resume or CV should showcase your value to the company.
Your CV will get your foot in the door. For your resume to get a chance to impress in an interview, it should be able to accurately showcase your suitability for the job. Your CV should be on point to catch the attention of the recruiter immediately they land their eyes on it. If applying through an online platform, take time to complete the application form.
Customize a stellar cover letter. A cover letter that has been done well gives you an opportunity to directly express how your skills and experience match the specific job you’re pursuing. It also affords you a chance to hint to the reviewer that you’re likable, original, and likely to fit in around the company should you land the job. If you are afraid that your cover letter may not hack it, consider getting a coach. You can get informative tutorials online.
- Prepare for your interview.
Preparing for an interview may seem kind of silly. After all, you know yourself and your work experience because you’ve been living it! Why do you have to practice talking about yourself, instead of just appearing for the interview, and being who you are?
Research on possible questions you are likely to be asked in the interview. You may feel that it should not be your responsibility to research and come up with questions, and that the hiring manager should tell you what you’ll be doing. Well, this is true. But wisdom depicts that this step should not be skipped. You also need to research the company, too. This allows you to make sure you’d actually enjoy being part of that company.
This should not increase your jitters prior to the interview, but the fact is, you will be graded based on your answers. Naturally, if you get into an examination room well prepared, you’ll be more confident. Having solid answers to those initial, predictable questions helps you feel more comfortable and ready to answer any question, less-expected also.
- Have a reasonable salary expectation.
Be prepared to answer the question on your salary expectation. To avoid fumbling, give a respectful answer that reflects the current or recent remuneration level. Let it be clear that you understand that the salary in this job will differ because the environment, role, cost of living and other factors are also different. Focus on the value you bring if hired, other than the cost you represent as a new employee. Do not convey a sense of entitlement at the interview.
It can be stressful to talk about money. To manage this stress, prepare your answers to salary related questions ahead of time. If you do research on average compensation for both the role and your experience level, you can have productive and informative conversations about pay with your potential employers. Remember, quoting a very high salary expectation can deny you the chance of employment, while with a very low quotation you could be setting yourself up for a long period of being underpaid.
When answering this question, be very keen. Avoid answering the question about salary directly. You can ask the employer to let you know more about the job and the employer’s expectation first, to allow you give a more realistic answer. Also, give a salary range with an option of negotiation.
- Reach out to your network.
One reason people skip this important step when job seeking is that they do not want to appear as users of other people and want to do it all by themselves. These people find networking to be very awkward. Networking can help you obtain leads, referrals, advice, information, and support, if done well. It is an essential component of any successful job search, but it requires calculated planning.
Research reveals that most jobs are found through networking and referrals count for almost half of all new hires. This means that being in touch with other people is an important part of finding the right role, getting your application seen, and can even increase your chances of landing an offer.
In most cases, the people you interact with daily form your network of contacts. Never ignore people around you as you never know who knows who. You can create a network by attending conferences. You may meet people that are hiring. Even if they are not hiring, later they may be doing so and this gives a chance to be thought of. You can also use your university alumni database and other online platforms.