By Michelle Wanjiku
Whether you are desperately looking for a job after being unemployed for over 5 months or are employed but are looking for a new position, knowing which jobs to apply for will help streamline the job search process and in turn make it easier for you.
Signs you shouldn’t bother applying for the job
1. It seems a little fishy
When it comes to the finding jobs online you need to ensure that any job you apply for is legitimate.
The internet has made job search very easy because you now have instant access to open vacancies and easy ways to apply.
However, this has also brought about the increase in job scams where very many job seekers end up losing a lot of money.
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If you don’t want to fall victim to job scams it is up to you to ensure that every job you are applying for is not shady. By this I mean, ensure that the job is not offering ridiculous compensation that does not match the industry standards for such a position.
Remember that no legitimate employer will ask you for money in order to give you a job.
When it comes to job hunting, there is no point in wasting your time and resources applying for fake jobs.
2. You don’t meet the qualifications—by a long shot
Yes, you might want to apply for that open position you have seen that you think is perfect for you, however, if you don’t even meet half the qualifications required then there is no point in applying for it.
Take for example, you come across a job that required 5 years’ experience and you only have less than a year of experience, your chances of getting the job are very low and there is no need for you to waste your time.
You should not apply for a position if you are missing the required skills and experience by a number of years.
It is advisable to always ensure you are applying for jobs where you meet at least 80% of the requirements. This will prevent you from spending precious time and resources on jobs you can never get.
3. You’re not willing to meet the requirements
Let’s say for example, you live in Nairobi and see a position being advertised that is based in Meru; before applying for this position you need to ask yourself if you are willing to relocate to Meru.
Before applying for any job opening you see, you need to ensure that if you got the job offer you will not turn it down.
Are you okay with the salary or the location of the company, working hours and daily responsibilities of the position? These are questions you need to ask yourself before applying for any job.
Sometimes, because you need to find a new job and are looking for a source of income, you probably end up trying to convince yourself that some of the deal breakers should not be a big deal.
This is not a very good approach because even if you get the job, you may not be able to stay at it for very long, especially if the grievances are too many.
4. You have to convince yourself you want the job
When it comes to job search, if you want to be successful you need to know what kind of jobs you are willing to do and what you are not willing to compromise on, this will also help you keep your career on track by avoiding unnecessary distractions.
I understand that the most important think to you could be getting a job any job but there is no need for you to apply for a position you have to convince yourself you want.
I know how it feels to need a job desperately. But it would be worse to be stuck in a job that you absolutely hate. This is why it is very important to think through every job application you make, you need to stop wasting time applying or jobs that aren’t going to result in a job you love or a job at all.