Job search is troublesome. Some prefer to look for the reasons for their own failures in the intractable nature of employers. Others blame fate. Still others are persistently looking for the best job posting medium.
By posting your resume on several Internet sites, you will certainly receive a sufficient number of lucrative offers. One of the most attractive misconceptions is that the appearance of your resume on the Web, like some kind of magic elixir, will make employers dream of interviewing you. I am not going to dispute the fact that the Internet has long become a standard tool for finding a job. But if you think that its effectiveness is higher than, for example, newspaper ads, then you are wrong. Only about five percent of job seekers find work using the Internet.
Job advertisements fully reflect the size and diversity of the labor market. According to various sources, only 15-20 percent of all vacancies in the labor market are published in the media. The vast majority of job vacancies are hidden labor markets. And the higher the position and salary, the less likely it is that the announcement of this position will be published in the media. How can an applicant find these offers? Only through useful connections. Connections are still one of the most effective job search tools. You methodically build relationships with people who can assist you in your job search. But this is a whole art, because if you randomly tell everyone you meet that you need a job, then you are unlikely to achieve what you want.
Employers dislike job seekers who change jobs too often and do not stay long anywhere. Employees who often move from one company to another have almost disappeared from the labor market for a while. A steadily developing career was considered a big plus. In addition, many employers are ready to neglect the professional qualities of a candidate, if for some reason they are sure of his loyalty. But recently, companies have been developing more and more dynamically, and it becomes obvious that in order to acquire new knowledge and skills, improve their qualifications and value in the market, it is simply necessary to constantly move forward. Try to avoid really short work times (less than one year), and otherwise, do not particularly fixate on the pace of your movements.
A cover letter isn't as important as a resume or portfolio. Each time you send your resume to the company, you must accompany it with a letter, moreover, compiled specifically for this employer. Unless you're counting on a fluke, and you do have a job search strategy, you won't neglect your cover letter. In the end, a resume is completely useless for an employer if they don't know what position you are applying for and what they expect from the job. Only in the form of a personalized message can you draw attention to what sets you apart from the general pool of candidates, be it unique qualifications or personality traits.
The resume should show the logic of your career development and the growth of responsibility. Yes, the perfect resume does that function. But this is not an end in itself. The most important part of self-presentation was and remains a succinct account of your skills, education, and specific job responsibilities. Most employers spend no more than 20 seconds looking at a resume. This means that in order to receive an invitation for an interview, you need to focus on the main thing. Agree, some of the details of your professional development may be of interest only to you. For example, the fact that five years ago you attended a trade show or acted as your boss while he was on vacation.
Send your resume and you will receive interview invitations on a regular basis. This may work if you are a rare specialist in a highly specialized field. And everyone else needs to be active in order to receive an invitation. Sometimes you need to call a potential employer yourself. Especially if your qualifications are insufficient for a vacant position or you are starting a career in a new field. However, in a telephone conversation, you can declare your interest and ask for an interview. Even if you are not the right fit for the position, talking to an employer can open up new opportunities.
It never hurts to embellish your resume. Don't even hope you won't be able to show off a seasoned employer, unless you're a pathological liar. A specialist whose duties include studying the resume of applicants, over time, learns to see a real person behind a piece of paper. Sometimes, reading between the lines, you can learn a lot, for example, understand how confident a candidate is, how he evaluates himself, what he is proud of in his work biography, and what he wants to keep silent about. With such a close look, it is easy to notice factual inaccuracies and "slight" exaggerations. And the more there are, the more tricky questions await you at the interview.
By lowering your wage requirements, you become a more attractive candidate. The job seeker should never neglect his salary expectations. This will only give the impression that he is desperate for a job and may be the reason for rejection. But if you do get a job with a lower salary, you can never be truly happy with it, because you will feel cheated: after all, in your opinion, your work will not be paid for. As long as you are applying for money that is reasonable for your position and industry, stick to that number. And do not announce the desired salary right away, let the employer raise the topic himself.
If you cannot come for an interview during working hours - from 9.00 to 18.00, nothing will shine for you at all. Yes, most interviews are scheduled during traditional business hours. But any employer will undoubtedly find time to meet with the candidate of interest. There is even an advantage in an interview after work - it often takes place in a less stressful environment, since there is no longer the usual office bustle, and the thought of ending the working day relaxes the interlocutors.
The most qualified people get the best jobs. Perhaps this is the most powerful misconception - the best candidate awaits the best position. The employer, as a rule, chooses the one in whom he sees a combination of professional qualities, presentation skills and the ability to find contact with the interviewer. So don't be too arrogant if you think your qualifications are unique, but don't be discouraged if you're not too formal. If you received an invitation for an interview, then the employer believes that your skills, knowledge and experience are sufficient for this position. In a personal meeting, you just need to confirm that you are worthy of this job.
Head hunters and recruiting agencies protect your interests. Who pays for recruiting services? That's right, those companies that hired them. It is to them that the specialists in the search for personnel are devoted. Therefore, you should not be in illusions - recruiters do not at all strive to find a job for you personally that you deserve and which you have always dreamed of. It is more profitable for them to tailor you to the requirements of the company. Sometimes this can limit your options or even push you to make the wrong choice, but sometimes it can play into your hands.
It is almost impossible to start a career in a new field. The trend is that in the dynamic world of business, more and more people will radically change their careers, and more than once in their lives. This is quite realistic, but today in the world of professionals, a simple desire for this is no longer enough. You need to draw up a plan of action and follow it. First of all, think about how you can apply your current knowledge and skills in your new career. The next step needs to be taken towards obtaining additional education.
The job seeker does not have to sell himself to the employer. If you don't like the idea that you are selling yourself, think that you are selling your professional qualities. This often means applying some sales method when looking for a job. You are exactly the product that the company needs, and now you have to prove it. Job seekers are doing well these days who use the same methods as companies to promote their products.
If you are over 50 and looking to find a job, this is a difficult time. This statement is not true if you have modern skills and knowledge. In addition, you must be a team player, not a stubborn professional who knows the answers to all questions and does not want to change.
When times are tough, take the first job offered. Job search is an unpredictable process. You can go through numerous interviews in the same company over the course of a month and be completely sure that you will get a job, but this will never happen. And a week later you visit several companies and receive several offers at once. Do I need to agree to the very first offer in this case? Only if this is what you were looking for and your career develops in the right direction. Otherwise, it is better to wait until there is an opportunity to choose.