Tips for Effective Job Search

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"One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation"- Arthur Ashe
"Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last"- Hamilton Holt


I. Job Search Tips

Finding a job can take months of time and effort. But you can speed up the process by using many methods to find job opportunities.


Follow the below tips to reduce the job searching time:

1. Restrict your job search: Save your time by applying only for suitable jobs. Evaluate your skills before applying for the jobs and enhance the required skills for the applied job. Some companies are interested in hiring people who are capable of managing the things without getting trained. Focus your time on creating great applications for jobs you are well-qualified for.

2. Know exactly what you want


Narrowing down your job search may force you to ask yourself tough questions like:

a.What kind of job am I really after And what skills can I offer an employer?

b.If you're not sure about the answer, make one list of the job skills you excel at and one of the skills you like to use most. Use these skills as search terms in your job search.

3. Re-evaluate your skills: If you are not able to match up your skills with available job opportunities, then it's time to gain some new skills. Government funding and other programs are available for out-of-work job seekers who want to enroll in training or continue their education.

4. Set goals


Set long term career goals to get a job. But short term goals and exclusive job search goals for that particular year will help you grow continuously. Enhance your networking skills by meeting people of professional organization. Boost your self esteem and motivate yourself with new ideas and information.

5. Try some new approaches: Follow a multifaceted approach in job search to get better results like working with a recruiter and setting up informational interviews with industry contacts, too. A multifaceted approach will get the best results.

6. Standout in the crowd


If you come across a job opportunity that seems perfect for you, do home work to stand out from the crowd. When you find a job posting you want to apply for, find out the name of the hiring manager or someone who works in the same department, and send the person an e-mail directly. Search the company website or press releases for the company's e-mail format.

7. Create specific online reputation


Recruiting managers search for your name online and when they do it, you can either take control of what they see, or you can leave it to them. Regular updates in social networking sites in search results that are professional and consistent and that establish you as an expert in your field will be far more on the first page and populating the accounts with up-to-date, professional content will make a great impression.

8. Start a website: If you want to be more visible on Internet, start a website to showcase your skills and talents in an exploring and interesting way. The site should reflect your ideas and thoughts to enrich credibility. It's a time consuming and cost effective process to get exhibited online. If you're not a tech savvy, follow the guidelines of for unlimited blog templates and great technical support.

9. Update on contemporary issues: Read publications. Comments on industry blogs, changing trends in technology and recruitment may be helpful to put you in tune with the recruiters while interviews. This will not only help you have a great conversation with an interviewer but also to explore various issues with professional edge.

10. Market yourself


An interview is an opportunity to market your skills and demonstrate your best qualities. That way, when an interviewer asks,

*Why should I hire you?

*you can talk about how you're such a quick learner and about your entrepreneurial spirit. Include all skills in resume and present them to the employer.

11. Be confident and ready to face the situations: A job search will always have its frustrating moments, because things don't always happen when or how we want them to happen. But instead of letting setbacks ruin motivation, take them as lessons. Lack of interviews means it's time to re-evaluate your career path or skills, which could lead you to a more fulfilling career. This type of positive attitude will be much more productive in helping you find your next job.

II. Job search strategies


01. Research companies inside and out before you attend an interview.

02. Be an expert in social networking.

03. If you know someone who works at a company you are interviewing with, spend some time with them before you attend the interview.

04. Get to know the top search professionals in your area.

05. Have informational meetings with people you know in the industry.

06. Join professional and industry organizations.

07. Learn as much as you can about the interviewer before the interview and prepare questions before the meeting.

08. Dress professionally and act professionally. Remember, everything counts!

09. Utilize campus career centers.

10. Practice interviewing, get feedback, and revise your interview strategy.

11. Talk with your favorite professor to get leads.

12. Develop an elevator pitch to use at career fairs.

13. Research companies and put a short list together.

14. Find out who the key contacts are at companies where you have an interest and reach out to them.

15. Leverage your internship into a full-time position.

16. Build your own job-hunting strategy.

17. Customize cover letters and resumes for each job you apply for.

18. Tell everyone you meet you are looking for a job.

19. Be passionate! Be honest and persistent!

20. Use any time between jobs productively to develop new skills.

21. Develop your interview skills use positive language, good eye contact, open body language, and show your enthusiasm.

22. Spend time preparing answers to questions that you can reasonably expect to be asked in an interview.

23. Treat recruiters and prospective employers with the same courtesy that you expect from them.

24. Demonstrate genuine interest in each job you interview for, finish the interview by expressing your interest in the role, and thank the interviewer for their time.

25. Remember it is a small industry, so never bad-mouth your past employer.

26. Send follow-up thank-you notes to everyone you meet with.

III. Common mistakes that job seekers make


01. Poor networking.

02. Unprepared for an interview.

03. Misrepresenting yourself on your resume or in the interview.

04. Being too comfortable, especially when the candidate knows the interviewer.

05. Poor body language.

06. Badly written CV.

07. Showing up late.

08. Lack of passion.

09. Poor presentation.

10. Lack of energy/enthusiasm.

11. Not answering the question directly.

12. Not being ready to link previous experience to the role being applied for.

IV. Top recruiting sources


01. Personal network

02. Social networks

03. Job boards

04. Employee referral

05. Current employed workers

06. Campus recruiting

07. User groups/conferences

08. Cold calling

09. Personal database

10. Word of mouth, resulting in direct applications

11. Recruitment websites and agencies

12. Universities and alumni groups

13. Hiring agencies.

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