Usually, we hear people saying jobs are scarce to even preaching that there are no jobs. This accession is not totally true since it is proven that there are jobs but what we lack are the skill sets and how to locate these jobs. It is a fact that apart from skills, searching for a job can become a full-time job in itself.
It becomes much easier and fruitful when you take a step back and think about your approach towards job hunting and to also know the options that are available to you to help you in your hunt. In this article, we will discuss different steps and approaches that you can take to find new jobs and hopefully land the opportunity you’ve been searching for.
7 Steps In Finding A Job
1. Create A Professional Portfolio/Brand
In a technologically driven world like ours, it is easy to be noticed for what you can do and creating this portfolio has become easy due to the same technology. Create a strong personal brand on social networking sites like LinkedIn and Indeed, a professional presence on these sites gives your recruiters, employers and contact a great impression of you as someone they should be interested in.
If you are a student, this is a good time to start plugging yourself in career networking sites and let your employers know that you are interested in what is going on in the job market even before you graduate. Join discussion groups for industries you are interested in and start following what is going on in the industry and keep an eye on the latest job offers.
Follow companies you are interested in or in your field and like, comment and share their post, this is also a great way to get noticed. Job recruiters, if they are not already looking up their candidates online, they soon will, so building a professional online presence is very important to landing your dream job.
2. Try Internships And Volunteer Opportunities
This is very important to building your portfolio, maybe the reason you are not landing the job you want is that your recruiters think you are unfamiliar with the position according to your resume and online portfolio.
It is very important to get the chance to try it out to see if it’s for you and show your recruiters what you can do. A bit of work experience with the right company before deciding to go on the hunt will benefit you in the long run, even if it is an unpaid job.
However, know that some companies will take advantage of young graduates when it comes to internships. It is unfortunate that they can make you work a full-time position without pay, the idea is to go in there and gain some experience, so know your rights. You can also try paid internships even though they may not be very common these days and they may not pay much, you will gain skills, experience and networks that will be very useful.
3. Use Job Search Websites and Apps
The era of roaming around with cover letters looking for jobs is almost over with tons of tools available for use. With the internet, a laptop or a smartphone, you can be in the comfort of your home and apply for jobs anywhere in the world.
These jobs sites, apps and platforms allow you to search for jobs by title, category, qualifications, location and even sometimes salary. Use these tools to save yourself time and the pain of going up and down in search for jobs.
Tools like JobWeb Africa, Jobberman, Indeed, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, LinkedIn and even Facebook can be very useful to you when it comes to finding employment.
4. Leveraging On Networking
Using networking to expand your professional circle is one of the best ways to land a job. Whom you know really matters at the end and it has worked for many people and it is time you start using networking to your advantage. As you grow your professional network, you are more likely to connect to human resources directors, prominent industry figures, friends or people who have access to job openings and can early recommend you for the job or recommend a job for you.
I have landed a number of writing opportunities in the past as a result of my professional network. Use your social media platforms, take your networking online and expand. You can also contact alumni from your school to increase your chances, it is possible they can give you some leads, or even offer you a job themselves and can also be on the lookout for you and help you land a job.
It can be of great help to you if you involve your friends and relatives in your job search process. It is possible that they might come across job openings or know someone who is recruiting and they can recommend you. If they have their own businesses, they can also offer you a job even if it’s a temporary one until you land the job you are looking for.
5. Try Recruiting Agencies
If you are not having any luck on your own, try finding work through recruiting agencies. They can search for the work on your behalf and help you sell yourself to the employers, this can take a lot of burden off your shoulders and can get you a job quicker than you could for yourself. They can help you secure positions you couldn’t have come by on your own.
Look for recruiting agencies, pay them a visit or register online, communicate your exact goals and preferences so that they can be able to find you a job that fits. Even as you are calling on recruiting agencies to help, be on the lookout yourself and don’t rely entirely on them.
6. Prepare A Resume And Cover Letter Specifically For The Position
Your resume and cover letter is another opportunity to sell yourself to your potential employers to let them know you have the skills they are looking for in a prospective candidate. It is therefore important that you take time and prepare targeted resumes and cover letters. A lot of graduates looking for jobs are used to sending generic resumes and cover letters to apply for different positions, that should never be you.
Increase your chances by linking tour qualifications to the job requirements, this helps your potential employers to know at a glance that you have the skills and it will give you a better chance of landing the job.
7. Become Your Own Boss
Due to risk and other factors, many graduates find it difficult to start their own business but this is a great opportunity to build something big or learn something great. This gives you something to wake up to and is a great way to gather experience even though it can seem like a scary game.
There are lots of tools available online and a number of organizations that are available to help young business owners to navigate the business scene and succeed as entrepreneurs. Even after you fail, having that on your CV is amazing and can interest your employers.