By Michelle Wanjiku
I spent the better part of last year looking for a job, I wanted to change jobs because I was not happy where I used to work and the pay was very little.
So I started applying for jobs but after months and months of trying, I had not gotten even one interview invite. I could not understand why I wasn’t getting any job offers; after all, I had enough experience so there was no reason why I shouldn’t get jobs.
That was when I decided to change my approach to job hunting. In this article, see what I did to jump start my job hunting and how you can use these tips to improve your own job search process.
1. Give Your CV a Makeover
After having someone go through my CV, I was told that it was part of the problem; I was not selling my skills and experience in an attractive manner.
Sometimes not being able to get a job could be because your CV does not really show how qualified you are for the position.
Your CV is not just a list of your qualifications, if you want to attract employers; you need to indicate how those qualifications match with what the employer is looking for.
You can have your CV reviewed by professions who will help you package your qualifications in a professional manner.
2. Refresh your interviewing skills
Before you get a job, you have to go through an interview process. Because I had been working at the same company for a few years, I had not attended an interview in a while.
So I decided to get help with improving my interview skills. Remember, that it doesn’t matter how qualified for the position you are on paper if your interview skills are lacking you might end up missing out.
3. Build your image online
Have you ever tried to Google your name? What comes up?
Most employers will Google you. What they find will determine whether you are considered for the position or not. Having no online presence at all is just as bad as having a negative presence.
So you need to create a good social media presence. As a writer, I started a blog which is now my portfolio.
4. Approach Your Search from a Different Angle
I used to apply for any job I came across that remotely matched what I had studied. However, I later realized that I was wasting time and resources applying for jobs I had no chance of getting when I could put more effort into jobs I had a chance of getting.
Instead of applying for jobs in just any industry, pick an industry you are interested in if you have no work experience or if you do have work experience apply for jobs in the industry you have worked in.
For example, if you have been working in the manufacturing industry, it is best to apply for jobs in the same industry as opposed to applying for jobs in the banking industry.
This is because most employers specify that they want candidates who have worked in that particular industry.
Networking as a job-hunting tool is very important. However, just having these networks will not help you get a job.
Most jobs are not advertised and they are filled through recommendations. Having a solid network will ensure that you are aware of such opportunities and also get recommendations.
Looking for a job can be very tasking. It takes a lot of time and energy because it is not something that can be done in a day.
Job searching takes time and it is important to stay positive throughout the process. Try some of these tips to revive your job search; you never know your next job might be around the corner.