More Fruitful Job Hunt

  1. Online Job Search
    There are a lot of online job search engines where you can find job openings in various fields. Simply filter out the search to your preferred niche and start from there. These search portals can sometimes open doors for you overseas if you’re willing to travel. If you prefer to work locally, you should have the option to filter the results by country as well.
  2. Job Fairs
    Job fairs are often held at schools and are aimed at students who are about to graduate. This is often because they want to hire fresh graduates for entry-level salaries. Still, if you can find a job fair where you can potentially find employment, go to them. It would be the best time to ask various companies any questions you may have.
  3. Calling Companies
    It’s sometimes better to not wait for a job opening. If you have a few companies that you want to work for, connect with them. You can go to their website, head over to their “Careers” page if they have one, and try your shot at it. You may also simply just call them up and ask if they have any vacant positions that you can possibly fill. If they do not have any openings at the moment, it’s okay. Ask if you can leave your resume for future reference.
  4. Improve Your Online Profile
    If you have an online profile, customize it to better show your skills and talents that will be valuable for companies you’re eyeing. For these companies, add them to your online network to stay updated in case an opportunity arises.
  5. Improve Your Resume
    Most times, you just send your resume over and wait for a reply. To increase your chances of getting selected for the initial interview, improve your resume.

Make the Best Impression on Job Interview

First off, build up your image through your resume. While it’s great to showcase your experience in different jobs, listing too many previous employers may give you a negative image. You may come off as someone who doesn’t stay too long in a company before seeking greener pastures. It also doesn’t pay to be dishonest and withhold information from the company you want to work for.

So how do you do it? It’s simple. Build your resume and prepare explanations. Your resume and how you answer the interviewer’s questions should sync. For instance, if you’re asked why you only stayed for a few months in a company, be sure to avoid answers that demean your previous employer.

Do some research on the company you’re applying for. This will show how passionate you are for the company. This will also give them the idea that training you will be a breeze and that you’ll fit right in. Be careful about showing your knowledge of their trade. Doing it too much makes you look overconfident and a know-it-all.

When answering questions, you should maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Smiling helps too. This will give you an aura of confidence, even if your hands are already drenched in nervous sweat. Your answers should also be of appropriate length. Telling a long story of how a chain of events led you to apply for their company when all the interviewer required was a “yes” or “no” with a single follow-up sentence may make you look unconfident.

At the end of the interview, your interviewer will allow you to ask him or her questions. Don’t hesitate and ask. This will show that you are really interested in what they do and you want to be a part of it. In addition to asking about topics that the interviewer hasn’t mentioned, seek answers for what you truly want to know. For instance, you can ask about the potential salary or why the previous employee vacated the position you’re applying for. If the interviewer seems to feel uncomfortable answering it, don’t wait for them to say they can’t tell you. Respectfully apologize and lay it to rest.

Common Mistakes to Avoid During a Job Interview

The first mistake is coming up with short answers to the question. Remember that you are the interviewee. You’re supposed to talk more than your interviewer. If you are posed with a short question, don’t give a short answer. Provide your answer and explain how you came to that conclusion.

Another mistake is taking too much time to find the right answer. Most times, you will be asked direct questions such as why you left your previous job in which case you can afford to be careful about badmouthing your previous boss. If you’re asked a hypothetical question, however, there usually is no right or wrong answer. Instead, the interviewer is focusing on how you are constructing your sentences and the reasoning behind your ideas as this will have a part to play should you ever get hired.

If there’s no question that asks for it, try to maintain political correctness. Crossing that line strips you of your professional image. Once that happens and you unwittingly offend the interviewer, he or she will step outside professionalism as well and not hire you. It’s sad, it’s true, and it happens. Stay on topic and you’ll be fine.

Don’t come to your interview in worn out jeans and expecting to be hired on credentials alone. Come in the best attire possible. Most people will not admit a simple truth: looks matter. By looking good, you grab your interviewer’s attention. Follow it up with giving good answers to the questions and you’ll nail that interview.

Whenever the interviewer asks you if you have questions, shoot. By not having any questions for them, you’re showing that you’re only interested in letting them know about you, your skills, and getting hired. By asking questions, you show interest in the company.

Internet Your Way to a New Job

Do a Google search on yourself to see what the Internet says about you. If there are drunken or racy photos of you on Facebook, for instance, restrict their availability or delete them, now. You can count on a potential employer doing the same search.

Learn how to create an online presence. If you are seeking any kind of professional position, join LinkedIn and create a profile. Next, sign up on Facebook, but leave the bells and whistles off your page; for professional networking, keep it simple. The number of networking sites is rapidly growing; pick a couple of sites for your profile, and stick with them.

Before you start your job search, be very clear about the sort of job you are seeking, and make sure your resume targets that type of job. Start a new email account just for job searching. Store everything in a separate folder on your computer. Start an Excel spreadsheet that includes the company name, contact person and the date the resume was sent. If you find an interesting opening, apply immediately. Check your email, and your telephone, several times a day for messages. If you get an expression of interest, or request to call for an interview, respond immediately. Obviously, if you are job searching while employed, do not use your company email or telephone; be very discreet about telling colleagues you are job searching. No doubt, word will reach your supervisor.

It’s not enough to post a couple of online profiles, monitor a couple of the major job sites, and expect the jobs to come to you; you have to constantly go and find them. The author also looks at resumes; a good review for those who suddenly find that they have to wipe the dust off of theirs.

Excellent Online Job Search

Check out company websites.

If there’s a company you’ll like to work for, check their website. Most of the times you will find a section called “Careers”. This section allows you to apply for a position even if they are not hiring at that moment. By doing this, the company will notice your desire of working with them, thus this may give you extra points, over other applicants, when a new position opens. Most of the times companies love to hire professional that has a connection or a value associated with their company. Being fond of the company is about being fond of their culture and also the brand. When you fill the online application form, let them know in one of the form fields, that you have a real understanding of the company.

Visit job search websites.

The following sites: Monster.com, Indeed.com, Craigslist.org and CareerBuilder.com are excellent resources for finding a job. Their search engines let you find by keyword, location, category, salary, etc. Some of these sites have career resources and some of them even let you post your resume online. These sites post hundreds and even thousands of jobs, so make sure you visit them on a regular basis.

Use Google to search.

You may type “nursing jobs in Toronto, Ontario”, for example, and check what Google gives you back. You’ll notice most of the links point to the job platform sites listed above and also sites you haven’t check out yet. Change the Google search terms a bit to get even more live results.

Use job boards.

Several companies browse online job boards for potential new qualified employees. Post in the job boards related to your skill sets, this way you’ll get better chances you get hired for your dream job by these companies. In case the job board allow members to post their resumes, make sure you post yours. Choosing a very catchy and professional headline, will increase the chances of being picked by employers.

Job-Seeking in the Digital Age

Run a Facebook ad campaign

Job seekers need to get their resume to the right person in the organisation, but that seldom happens. The job application might fall to a clerk or an automated system that scans for keywords as an initial selection criteria, or the resume is just lost among the thousands of submissions for a single position.

What if the job seeker went to find the right person directly, using the vast database of profiles that is Facebook? (LinkedIn works too, but it’s already crowded with job requests today).

In a nutshell, job applicants should have an online resume hosted on LinkedIn or a personal website. Run an ad campaign on this website, and target managerial users employed by the companies you are aiming to join. You’ll be surprised how many people put these private information on their Facebook profiles!

Letterbox distribution

Who says flyers are only for salespeople? Target the occupants in a particular geographic location if it makes sense! Senior management folks are likely to stay in landed estates and expensive neighbourhoods, so drop resumes there! Just make sure to sure to use quality paper and add in a cover letter.

Be a thought leader. Or at least someone that someone else knows about.

This may take a bit more time, but by maintaining a blog and participating actively in related physical meetups and conferences, Facebook and LinkedIn groups, Quora, Medium, Thought Catalog, Github / Stackoverflow (for developers) and other online communities, you gain street cred. In time, your website and articles will replace your resume as your professional marketing channel.

These ideas may seem a bit odd and quite troublesome, compared to the spray-and-pray approach in sending out resumes. In the business of guerrilla advertising, it’s always the scrappy startups that beat the well-funded MNCs because of their unconventional approach.

For the job seeker with no lack of job offers, just use what works already. But for the woefully unemployed wondering what is going wrong, consider a change in strategy. Oh, and save on giving away a part of your salary to a career counselor or manpower agency. This is free advice!