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Are you tired of your current job and you’re looking for a new one? What’s the best way to find your dream job? What do you look for in a job?
According to The Balance Careers:
“Nowadays, the average number of times people change their jobs during their professional career is between 10 to 15 times.”
Unfortunately, lots of people are looking for jobs, but the jobs are limited. There is always a stiff competition and employers will always look for the best candidates to hire.
The good thing, however, is that there are many effective channels that out there will give you a chance to find your dream job and to reach to the employers first.
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In this article, you’ll learn how to find a job you love, and what to look for in a job.
If you’re ready, let’s get started. But first…
What Are You Looking For In A Job?
When thinking of whether a job is right for you or not, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for in a job. You want to look past the salary and consider other more important factors. While paycheck is obviously important, it does not always translate to happiness.
In summary, here are some of the things you should consider while looking at the pros and cons of that new job.
- Job benefits
- Office culture
- The team
- Work hours
- Growth opportunities
- Company history and stability
- Educational opportunities
If after looking at all these, and you’re happy with what you found, then you should go for the job. However, if you’re not happy with the majority of them, perhaps you should look for a new job.
Always remember that the goal is to find a job you’ll love, otherwise, you might end up regretting taking up the job in the first place.
That said, let’s now get to the main business of today:
How to Find a Job
1. Connect With Friends
When thinking about how to find a job, never lose the contacts of your friends because they can be very helpful when you are looking for a job. They might be your former classmates, workmates, spouses or relatives.
These are the people that can easily refer you to a place where you can find a good job. That’s not all, they can also employ you if they have a higher rank in their business organizations or places of work.
Most schools today have active WhatsApp and/or Facebook group for every department, and each set has their own. For example, I studied electronic Engineering and when I was in school, we had a WhatsApp group for my set with the name “EEH2012,” with H2012 being my set in the school.
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Interestingly that group is still very much active today, and every now and then, a member will share some job vacancies so that other members can apply. And I must tell you, I know so many of my classmates that have secured a job via the group.
Now, if you didn’t join your departmental (set) group when you were in school, ask some of your friends back then in school if something like that exists, and if it does, consider joining it immediately.
2. Job Fairs
Job fairs are mostly popular for companies that want to recruit new graduates. To leverage a job fair and get a job after, consider the following tips:
- Create a simple business card that includes your name, phone number, email, and your website/blog (if you have one), or LinkedIn account. You can also bring a few work samples that you can show off if you work in a creative industry
- Most job fairs will publicize the companies that are participating before time, so carry out some research ahead of time on companies you want to approach and have a customized cover letter and resume to give them
- Prepare a list of questions for the employees. This is a good indication that you are well prepared and passionate about the job, which will consequently increase the chances of them getting back to you
- Have the right outfit for the job fair. Ensure you choose the right clothing, which should be both comfortable and professional.
- Practice your pitch to give an amazing first impression. You want to show excellent communication skills via your introduction and also maintain good eye contact
- Don’t forget to follow up with the recruiters from the companies you want to work for. You can also send them a thank you email if you have their contacts, or connect with them on LinkedIn
3. Use Social Media Channels
LinkedIn is the best social media channel for professionals. It can be used to network and connect with recruiters from around the world as well as companies where you would also love to work.
Many companies equally post jobs on LinkedIn, and it’s very common for experienced people to get job messages and offers on the social media platform.
Apart from LinkedIn, companies also post job opportunities on other social media platforms like Face and Twitter. So if you have a specific company in mind, it’ll be good to follow them on social media (where they’re most active on) so that you can be notified of these openings.
Additionally, if you are using social media channels for job hunting, you’ll want to ensure that your profiles are consistent, up-to-date, and has a positive professional image.
Below are a few tips to follow for the best result:
- Ensure the name on your profile is your real name
- Use only professional images and ensure they’re them consistent across platforms
- Audit your accounts and get rid of images or posts that are unprofessional or inappropriate
- Always erase the profiles on the websites that you are no longer using
- Continuously brand yourself across all the channels. Anyone that visits your profile should instantly know who you are, what you do, as well as what your career plans are
4. Register on All the Online Job Search Websites
Most people looking for a job often start from search engines and job websites. For example, if you visit Google and search for “teaching jobs in New York” you will instantly see a lot of useful information that’ll push you in the right direction.
Interestingly, Google also has its own job search platform so searching for the terms above will bring up postings from companies that have positions with similar keywords.
Furthermore, you can also check out job-specific content aggregators such as ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and Indeed. These websites often showcase relevant job ads on the internet based on your search terms.
In most cases, you can directly apply for these jobs via the platforms. Or you will be directed to the hiring company’s website. Either way, you apply, ensure that your cover letter and resume are up-to-date.
On these job search websites, you have to fill all your information so as to be visible to the people who are hiring.
You also have to frequently update your profile and present all the details in the best way possible. One is normally required to fill all his or her references, contacts, experiences and skills.
Be clear, sure and honest when filling all the details because they will really count when the employer is looking at them.
For example, you have to be sure whether you will work part-time or full time and the salary that you want to make it easy for employers to assess whether you have met their qualifications.
However, finding a job on these job search websites is easy because it doesn’t require much paperwork from you. But you have to be careful; don’t fill any personal information such as credit card or bank account number on any of the online job search websites.
Jobs are found by posting the required information only.
5. Make a List of Companies You’d Wish to Work For
If you don’t already have a list of companies you would love to work for, then you should research and make a list of companies you’ll target in your job search.
Luckily, every information you’ll need is available on the internet, you can easily find in-depth information about potential employers on the web.
Once you’ve made a list of your dream employers, the next step will be to perform some special outreach via social media or email to get your application noticed.
You can even opt-in to get email notifications for new job offers once they are posted.
6. Prepare for the Interview
Preparing for an interview in advance will help you succeed. Remember that the more prepared you are, the less demanding and stressful it will be.
You want to properly research the organizations before the interview, dress well, prepare to answer and ask interview questions, and make a good effort to impress the interviewer with your confidence, skills, expertise, and experience.
7. Accept (or Reject) a Job Offer
Once you get a job offer, it’s essential to take the time and evaluate the offer carefully so you can make a good decision to either accept or reject it.
Of cause, you don’t have to accept a job offer just because it was given to you, but you want to evaluate it carefully and if you will decline, do so politely. Remember that that you don’t have to take a “yes or no” decision.
If you don’t like the job terms, then try and see if you can negotiate it by making a counteroffer. Who knows? You may be able to negotiate some extra benefits that would spice up the job offer and make it more attractive.
8. Remember to Follow Up
Don’t forget to follow up after an interview, this is very important. The idea is to thank everyone you met on the process. You can also reiterate your interest in the position and remind the recruiter why you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
Remember that people like to be appreciated, and a quick note or email thanking the interviewer for his/her time will give you a great opportunity to make a good impression.