Are you frantically searching for a job and always end up getting rejected? Most people would get discouraged with the rejections they keep getting whenever they apply for a job. Is there a way for you to stand out from other applicants? How do you prepare? To successfully nail that dream job, next time you apply for it, read through the helpful suggestions and tips listed below.
Be organized. Making a list of your daily tasks is important. This way, you'll know what needs to be done and be able to make the necessary preparations. Also important is doing a post mortem - keep a record of things you've already completed. Some important tips to becoming more organized:
Make an early start and get dressed, even if you are not going to step out of the house that day. By doing this, you will have added confidence even if you're talking on the telephone to a prospective employer.
Keep a neat and detailed list of all addresses and telephone numbers for prospective employers. You can source these details from a variety of sources - the employment office, newspaper ads, yellow pages, etc.
Also make a list of companies that might have jobs available, but have not yet advertised. Try to obtain their contact details as well.
Read through and polish up your resume; take the help of professionals or your circle of family and friends, if required. Make sufficient copies of the resume and send it out to all the companies you've collected contact details for.
Prepare an effective resume. Whatever job you apply for, preparing a professional resume is crucial. A good resume is an invaluable asset, it describes who you are, and your accomplishments to date and the proficiencies and skills from which your future employers will benefit.
Contents of an effective resume:
Career objectives and a brief summary of your work profile.
Personal details such as name, address, contact numbers and email address.
Education and qualifications earned; include details of special training, supplementary courses undertaken, etc.
Previous work experience - details of employment, time spent and designation(s), objectives of the job and your achievements against those objectives, any special highlights such as awards or recognition received and the skills used while working those jobs.
Brief information on personal interests such as hobbies, volunteer or social work undertaken and details of any extra-curricular activities, if any.
Tailor the resume to meet requirements of each individual position you apply for. An effective resume is never static, but a constant "work-in-progress".
Access the hidden job market. The fisherman with the largest net is the one more likely to catch the most fish. As a job seeker, it is crucial for you to increase the size of ‘net' to be able to improve the odds of ‘netting' a job. Don't just depend on newspaper or Internet advertisements, most of the available jobs are not advertised. Set aside time each week to call on businesses that you think may have jobs you can do. Don't wait for them to post or advertise positions.
Send your resume to placement agencies or human resource consultants; make use of your network - social and professional - to look for potential job openings; approach companies directly and meet with personnel responsible for jobs and staffing requirements. Even if they do not have open positions currently, they will take your resume and inform you about future opportunities that may arise.
Be adaptable. Being adaptable means that you must overcome prejudice against certain types of work. Be flexible about your job requirements. There is no point in setting ridiculously high expectations and then discarding actual opportunities that will come your way. You must be prepared to start at the very bottom and work your way up from scratch.
Be prepared for the interview. Other from the résumé, an interview is the most important factor that employers take into consideration while deciding on your suitability for the job. In preparing for an interview there are several things you need to consider. First, research the company where you will be attending the interview. Be well-informed on current affairs and topics that are related to the commercial world and the industry in which the company operates. Ask your family or friends to help you with some mock interviews to feel confident and comfortable.
On the day of the interview, start early, dress neatly and professionally. Prepare a folder with a copy of your resume and other documents which are required, the night before and place it where you can easily find it in the morning. Leave the house with sufficient time to spare, taking into account travel time and traffic constraints you may face.
Get to your destination on time and introduce yourself to the staff in reception politely and formally. When you meet with the interviewer(s), greet them with a firm handshake and appropriate salutation. Experts suggest that you should treat the first 3 minutes of the interview as the most important part of the interview. At this stage, the interviewer is making an assessment about your appearance and your bearing will deeply influence his or her opinion of you. Therefore, if you're late, this means that you put up a tremendously negative impression. Bear in mind that there is no second chance to correct first impressions.
Next, remember that the interviewer(s) is not your enemy. They will understand and appreciate your nervousness as it is only natural. They are more interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions rather than testing you with right or wrong questions. Don't be over confident or too talkative and don't use profanity. Avoid speaking negative things about your former company or your former workmates and employers since these may cause the interviewer to conclude that you will be negative about this job too. You must maintain eye contact with the interviewer, use natural gestures when you speak, and articulate clearly. Be concise and honest when answering questions about the company and the prospective job. At the end of the interview, if you still want the job, ask for it. Doing all of these will show how interested you are and your enthusiasm for the job.
By following the tips and suggestions listed in this article, you should be well on the way to getting that job! Believe in yourself and your capabilities. Furthermore, don't treat rejection as the end point in seeking a job. Challenge yourself; you can do better if you put in your absolute best efforts.