Looking for a job is not the the most pleasant and fulfilling experience you’ll ever have, unless you’re applying for a promotion. Being unemployed can really put a dent in your confidence and leave you wondering what it is you really want, or need, from your job. Here are some tips for those job seekers who are ready for their dream job (or, if nothing else, a job better than the one you have, or haven’t got, right now).
- Know Thyself
- Aim high
- Keep your mind open
- Keep knocking on doors
This isn’t a Philosophy class, sure, but the first, and best, thing any job seeker can do is to understand themselves. You should know what you’re good at, what you like doing, and what makes you qualified to do the job in question. The job you end up in is something you will spend more time involved in than anything else, so it should be enjoyable, or at least tolerable. By working with your natural talents, rather than against them, you’ll find that you stand out more easily in crowded interviews.
Lowering your expectations might seem like the safe choice in the long run, but it can actually pay to aim high! Don’t limit yourself to the jobs which you are adequately, or over, qualified for – go for the aspirational positions too. You might not get the job, but it will certainly get you thinking about what skills you need to get such jobs. That way you can identify areas and ways in which you can improve. You should keep in mind, however, that even getting an interview for a job that is out of reach is a great opportunity; you might be offered another job within the same company. Getting your foot in the door is the first step to your dream job!
Disregarding jobs before careful consideration will get you nowhere; even if a job seems to be everything you don’t want, it could be a stepping stone to greater things! You must, in fact, be “in it to win it” so you should apply for all jobs that are even remotely within your sphere of knowledge. If you don’t employers are not going to be knocking on your door. As mentioned in top tip number 2, getting an interview means you can show off your skills and, possibly, get another position that hasn’t yet been advertised.
The last, and perhaps most important, tip for all job seekers is to keep knocking on doors, keep letting everyone know that you are available for work. Social media can be a Godsend; sites like LinkedIn can help you to make connections within your field. Promoting that you’re looking for work in the field is a good start, and it never hurts to send out unsolicited C.V’s and applications. You never know; fate may find you.
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