A 9-Step Guide to Effective Job Hunting in South Africa 2019
Job hunting, job seeking, or job searching is basically the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment, discontent with a current position, or a desire for a better position. The immediate goal of job seeking is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer who can hire you.
Do you want to make your job hunting more targeted, efficient and rewarding? Below’s our how-to guide:
Time your things right
A lot of people rush into a job search and apply for roles they have too little interest in or are unlikely to be shortlisted for. Not only will this lead to a rejection, but it will also lower your confidence. Also, if you approach agencies with a poor sense of your target job, you are likely to be put aside/sidelined.
The next biggest mistake that of using up all your best contacts too soon when you’re unclear how they can help. You need to take it easy and slow down, take time to look at yourself and your self-confidence levels; consider how equipped you feel to summarize your strengths.
Before you start the job hunting, think about what you are selling. Do you know the kind of job looking for? What job titles are relevant and applicable to you? Can you easily list your main skills? Do you have evidence of all your achievements? Which employers are most appealing to you and why? As soon as you have answered all these questions, you can now start with your job search.
Plan for any rejection that may come
Even in a rising market, rejection is most common. In today’s economic salutation, you will hear no a lot more than a yes. To sustain your confidence and avoid becoming job desperate to take anything, develop resilience. However, do not misuse it by applying for jobs that are far outside your skills range or where you are not likely to get any kind of response. You need widen your thinking and pick yourself up when you receive any knock-backs.
Before you start drafting a Curriculum Vitae (CV), compile a list from your past-without editing. Draw up a long, un-filtered list of what you have done. Go over every little part of your practical experience which looks like work, from part-time, temporary, unpaid posts and work placements. List all the skill you have learned and practised.
Go to the extent of including industries where you have work experience and anything that looks like an achievement. Then look at volunteering, your studies and activities outside work. Try to gather a few pages of material before deciding on the main message for the main part of your CV.
Decide on your three main messages
Anyone who makes recommendations for you is most likely to pass on only three information about you. Those 3 things are:
- Your experience.
- Ability and
Believe me, you have so much control over this process.
Carefully examine the first few sentences of your CV. Make sure they are very positive, memorable and they clearly summarize what you want to achieve. Do make clear what you will offer and the kind of role you’d like to fill. Emphasise these messages in your CV, social media profile and during networking.
Do Research before your job search
You won’t be able to impress employers if you have very little knowledge of what will actually press their buttons. Make sure you thoroughly do your homework before making any kind of. Make time for this. If you’re shortlisted for interview, do even more thorough research. Do not just repeat the information you received from that organization’s website.
Try by all means to speak to people who know what that organization is trying to achieve and the kind of people they are currently looking for.
Market test your CV
Don’t be under the impression that you should send out your CV widely in the early stages of your job search. It’s always better to talk to people about your career ideas and gather information than to send out a poorly drafted CV, which will instead close more doors for you. Yes, you can be pleased with your CV but it’s also important to show it to someone with hiring experience.
Get interview feedback OUTSIDE the process
Most of the jobseekers’ waste real job interviews as practice sessions. We all know, Interviews are not easy to get; never waste them by making those basic errors. What you can do is find someone who has interviewing experience. This person can give you honest feedback on first impressions, how you link your experience to the job on offer and how well you handle those tricky interview questions.
Make sure you practice some short answers to tricky questions about gaps in your CV or why you are looking for a job right now. Don’t ignore important job-related obvious interview questions, such as ‘tell us about your yourself.
Use a multi-channel approach
Try to Approach organizations who are not currently advertising or hiring, create relationships with the right recruitment agencies, talk to people in interesting roles and industries, and do more research.
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