The trick to landing a job is to differentiate yourself from every other job seekers. Most people have the same qualifications you do so what will make a recruiter choose you? The best place to start is in your job search process.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to job search
1. Do Focus on What You Have To Offer
One mistake most people make is looking for a job just to benefit them. As much as this is a huge part of why people look for jobs employers are looking for people to benefit them not the other way around.
You need to stop focusing too much on what you will gain and start focusing on how you can benefit the company.
So the next time you are writing a Cover Letter or attending an interview it is important that you show the organisation what you can do for them and why they need you.
2. Do Overcome Your Fears
Some people miss out on great opportunities because they are afraid of rejection. Yes there is a chance that your application will be rejected but there is also a chance that you will get the job.
It is therefore important that you apply for jobs you feel you qualify for without any hesitation on your part. You never know fear of rejection could be what is holding you back.
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3. Don’t Assume Your Experience Will Speak For Itself
Majority of the people applying for the same positions have the same experience as you some are even more experienced. Therefore, assuming that your experience is enough to land you the job can be dangerous.
On your cover letter you should also show that you have extra skills that will be beneficial to the position. This will help set you apart from other candidates
4. Don’t Pass On Something Just Because It Doesn’t Meet All Your Expectations
Some people refuse to apply for certain positions because the company is not big enough or it is not well known. This can be a huge mistake because it is easier to find a job when you are already employed.
This s because your job will give you an opportunity to network and meet people you would never meet if you were unemployed.
So unless the position is not in a location you are willing to work in or it does not coincide with your career goals you should consider applying for it.
5. Do stay positive Even When It Takes Longer Than Expected
Searching for a job is difficult and sometimes you find that you have been looking for some time. It is important that you don’t lose hope and give up.
Even when your application gets rejected you should feel discouraged. Your opportunity will come and you need to stay optimistic and continue searching.
6. Don’t Just Sit There
Even though you are looking for a job it is important that you don’t just sit idle. Take the time to learn a new skill or do some volunteer work. This will help build your character and will also look good on your CV. It also provides you with an explanation for the gaps in your CV.
7. Do Network And Ask For Help
Networking is a very important part of the job search process. By meeting and connecting with people in your industry you are creating an in for yourself and when job opportunities come up you will be among the first people considered.
There is no shame in asking for help, if you have been unable to find a job you can ask your friends with jobs or relatives to help or connect you with people who can.
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To get a job in the current job market one has to be determined and aggressive. You cannot passively look for employment. You need to make serious effort and sell your skills. Eventually your job search will bear fruit.
The writer is a Communication Officer at Career Point Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org