HOW TO FIND/SECURE A JOB: A STEP-BY-STEP TEN GUIDE PROCESS
Identify your skills to find the right fit type of job for you
Do not always focus mostly on the job role in your job search, centre mainly on the required skills for the job in the Job requirements. Job roles are constantly changing, and as such, while you might be searching for a particular job role, there may be some other, more appropriate or suitable job positions available with a slightly different title. By identifying your skills – the needed skills to (perform) in the job, the required job ability to perform the task (work) – the knowledge you have regarding that job role/responsibility; match your (KSA: knowledge, skills and ability) to the skills the employer(s) are looking out for.
Use online/internet tools and/or organizations/companies’ career websites to identify potential opportunities
Search for jobs on companies’ career web pages when using job search engines (job sites). Start with a specific job position that you are vested on in terms of your (KSA) and then use the (recommended jobs or common jobs) attributes to identify additional potential opportunities.
Be more specific in your search – look up for some few high-quality job opportunities to apply to
Applying to jobs is more about the value of the job quality and your passion for the job than the number of opportunities available. Research carefully each organization/company before applying for jobs to ensure it is an organization/company you’re interested in working for. When evaluating jobs, some valuable questions to keep in mind are: 1) Where is the job location?
- What are the company culture/values?
- Is employee satisfaction quality a topmost priority?
- Do employees enjoy working there?
Download and save attractive or potent job listings for further/future reference
Copy and paste and/or print a job listing and/or a job description/requirement for each role you want to apply so that you can reference it at a later time. Many employers may remove a job listing before a position is filled if they believe or are sure they have the right job fit candidates in their applicant pool. Thus, saving the job requirements, you have the qualifications to look back on when preparing for a potential interview.
Customize your CV/resume for every job application
It’s significant to position your CV/resume to fit the job description you’re applying for. In addition, your CV/resume will include many of the same criteria from job to job, ranging from your skillset, experience, education, certification (if any)etc. By customizing your CV/resume based on the job description/requirement can frequently give you an added advantage over other potential candidates.
Make for certain your cover letter doesn’t reword your CV/resume
Your cover letter is an extension of your CV/resume, not an original of it. Your cover letter should allot more about your personality, your key accomplishments on the job (previous/recent job), what you have to offer (KSA) and why you are the right fit candidate for the job position. Also, words like I look forward to hearing from you as I discuss further in details my skillset and abilities (as detailed in my CV/resume). A cover letter can give you a competitive advantage over other potential applicants. Cover letter likewise helps to throw more light on who you are and what you have to offer (job performance).
Prepare for your interview
While preparing and studying for your job interview, things to look out for include:
(1) Research about the organization/company, the work or services they render to the public, and the job role you are interviewing for
(2) Practice and study answering common (occurring) and hard interview questions
Ensure to always ask your interviewer(s) questions
Be ready or prepared for your interviewer(s) to ask you if you have any questions. It is imperative to have some ready interview questions for your interviewer. Not asking questions can come across as not been interested. Ask questions like:
- What are the career progression opportunities at this organization/company
- How is the company work culture like, etc.?
Ensure to send a thank you message after your interview
It is important to follow up with the people who you interviewed with, by showing some form of gratitude/appreciation for the time they took to meet with you. Be sure to include in your thank you message your interest in the job position. Send your thank you message in time.
When offered the job, don’t consent immediately
Congratulations – you are offered the job!
Most employers will call you to make the official job offer. When on the call, thank the employer for the offer and confirm when you will need to consent by or resume. Some employers may or might want your acceptance earlier that day, others may give you more time. Take the time they give you to seek and/or carefully evaluate /review the job offer. Read carefully to find out if it is what you have agreed to in your interview (know your worth).
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Source: USW, UK; SHRM & Glassdoor Inc., USA