Once out of the College or University, Most of the young graduates are looking for a job. There are some do find jobs easily, whereas some find it next to impossible. Whenever I face them, One common question I have to answer to give them an Idea of Job search strategies. The same question comes in a different forms, such as
- How to find a Job?
- How to get a job?
- How to get a good job?
- Suggest me the best way to find a job?
- Can you suggest me steps in searching for a job?
Step 1: Information and Important Documents
First, of all job aspirants should collect the information and required documents to apply for the Job. Because the employers/recruiters would like to see these documents at the time of hiring the employee. As these documents are mandatory to produce by the applicant, employers expect them to be ready.
In many cases, recruiters reject the candidates who don’t have them. Some of the important documents which we should keep handy are Aadhar Card, Pan Card, Passport and Bank Details and Address proof for verification. If you don’t have these, you can apply immediately and reduce the chances of rejection. It is the primary step in looking for a job just as
Step 2: Prepare action plan and Idea about the Job and Industry
Secondly, The most important thing for a prospective employee is to have an action plan. Aspirants without having a clear idea about the job and industry may face difficulty in the job hunting process. However, job aspirants with a clear understanding of the job such as description, roles, and responsibilities, skills and education required for the job and conditions of the market. Moreover, we need to know the industry-specific requirements and the plan to achieve them immediately.
For more information about the same, It is important to discuss with your concerned subject experts, friends and family working in the industry. Further, Most of the online job portals give you enough information to the candidates. I have seen candidates with good research about the job and its characteristics, outperformed in the interview.
Since the importance gives those with a good understanding of the job role, it signals us to prepare and make a perfect plan to prepare yourself. Prepare a matrix or a table with all the duties listed as rows and Action plan to achieve the skills and knowledge as each column. Thus, this gives you a clear picture of the gap that we can focus on.
Step 3: Resume and Covering letter Preparation
Resume acts as a gate pass for all the aspirants, as employers call applicants based on their resume. I have written an article on “resume format for the fresher” that highlights sample format, sections, Do’s and Don’ts of the resume. The resume has to be prepared with care based on expert advice or professional guidance. While preparing the resume, keep the employer’s point of view as your prime view as they don’t have enough time to go through the complete resume.
Moreover, get the resume proofread and checked by someone who knows well and makes necessary alterations. Finally, Candidates should avoid silly mistakes such as copying the career objective from other resumes, Inconsistent format and irrelevant information not specific to the job.
Step 4: Highlight the keywords in the resume and List down the same
Keyword(s) referred to as an important job specific word(s) that most of the applicant tracking system looks for in a resume. It is the art of identifying all the keywords related to the job you are applying for and record them. Later, try to add those in the resume into different sections based on its suitability. At the same time, it is also important to prepare on each keyword (What, Why, When, Where and How).
Therefore, it is recommended to read as many job descriptions as possible on various job portals and get all the keywords listed in Excel. For each keyword, try to figure out the relevant knowledge and skills required and then, analyze whether you possess the same or need to learn. In case you want to learn, there are so many websites with free online courses. I will write an article on free courses with certification soon and update you the same.
Step 5: Prepare yourself on various selection tests and interviews
Most of the companies have their pattern of recruitment and selection and the interview rounds are based on the job description. But, there are some common rounds which you can prepare yourself, such as Just a Minute round, Self Intro round, Aptitude test, Technical Test, Role plays, Technical Interviews and HR Interview. The number of rounds and type of rounds varies from company to company and job role to job-role. I have already posted an article on “Telling someone about yourself” and “Just a minute round” with supporting easy to understand infographic.
I recommend you to make a systematic plan of learning the common interview rounds. Moreover, there are the most common questions asked in the interview, try preparing the answers. I may post all the question with suggested answers in my blog soon. Hence, attend some company interviews or mock interviews by experts and work on the feedback. Remember, There are so many applicants in the race, your answers to the questions decide your fate. So, be unique and creative while answering and be pinpoint of the question.
Step 6: Build the network – A Step closer to your job
Networking skills are one of the important interpersonal skills. It helps you to communicate with people working in the industry and get valuable information related to the job. LinkedIn is the best online job portal and professional networking platform. It brings top most recruiters and applicants on a common platform. LinkedIn has so many options to communicate with other working employees and Easy Apply option helps you to apply with a single click. Resumes with LinkedIn profile added in the Header Section are easily noticed and picked by the employers.
Job referral has become very popular in this competitive environment. Employers prefer the referred candidates with the right skills and knowledge pertaining to the job. Moreover, the referring employee will be rewarded with a bonus for their efforts to find the right employee for the job. Candidates should spread out the message that you are looking for a job, including the type of job and industry.
Step 7: Be prepared to face the common questions
Most of the employers start with an ice-breaking question – tell me about yourself. I have written an article on what you must include in the answer for your reference. It is recommended to be creative, active and exhibit your excellent communications in answering all the questions. A well-planned answer helps you be more confident during the interview. Another important question to prepare is “Why should I hire you?”- You must justify in your answer that how you can be an asset to the prospective employer. The answer must be clear and focused on the question, rather than a lengthy irrelevant answer.
We must follow one simple rule KISS – Keep it short and simple. Honestly speaking, Recruiters like to hear a straightforward answer and give preference to those who give smart and straightforward answers rather than misleading or deviating ones.
Step 8: Follow Up
Candidates should understand the following up each application they submit and writing a thanking note to those who given you an opportunity to attend the Interview. It doesn’t mean we can bombard them with frequent emails or an explanation letter of the problems you are facing right now. Moreover, short follow up email should be prepared with utmost care without any mistakes and sent them in working hours. Follow up email format will be uploaded soon to get an idea of what to include in it.
9. Ready to face the rejection
Aspirants should understand their odds or chances of rejection. In addition, they should be ready to face the same positively. We must ask for the feedback and work on the betterment rather than being upset. Every interview you face will become
However, If a candidate tries harder, one or the other day will turn his way. I met a student who has attended 31 interviews and got rejected in all. Even though he has not been selected, he tried even hard compared to the past and made it. Failures are part and parcel of life. Especially, during the job hunting process, we should keep up the morale.
Summing up, Aspirants looking for a job should follow these 9 easy steps and be creative in step in order to retain the top position in the selection list. Job hunting is not as easy as we think, It is emotionally bound and aspirants without good research and understanding of the job has high probability of rejection.
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What its it for you...
- Step 1: Information and Important Documents
- Step 2: Prepare action plan and Idea about the Job and Industry
- Step 3: Resume and Covering letter Preparation
- Step 4: Highlight the keywords in the resume and List down the same
- Step 5: Prepare yourself on various selection tests and interviews
- Step 6: Build the network – A Step closer to your job
- Step 7: Be prepared to face the common questions
- Step 8: Follow Up
- 9. Ready to face the rejection