Job hunting can be so overwhelming and also frustrating. But if you are able to follow these seven basic steps I can guarantee you that the job you seek will definitely come. Knowing what to do and doing it, is what I called self discipline. It also applies that the ability to get what you want, when you want it, Is what I called living a fulfilled life without stress or anxiety to succeed. Let’s go to today’s business which is; seven basic requirements to get that dream job of yours.
Of course before dreaming of getting a good job you must at least have a degree or a relevant qualifying certificate to begin with. There is no one out there that is willing to work with an illiterate or offer a position In their company to someone who is less qualified.
What are the seven requirements?
1. Have a job killer CV
Most graduates out there don’t really know what most human resources managers are really looking out for in a CV (curriculum vitae). A CV is meant to sell you to your potential employer. Your CV will go to places you won’t even get to physically before getting that job you need. A smart applicant will have different CV for different categories of job. One of the mistakes most applicants make is using the same CV format for all job openings, which is very wrong. As a smart applicant whenever you find a job opening, you are to tune your CV in the direction of that particular job. Do a background check on the organization you are aspiring to work with, know much about their mission, vision, and organizational goals. Use all this to your advantage and prepare that killer CV you need. Like I do say when I was in school; “the answer to a comprehension essay is inside that comprehension.” You just need to understand it and you will never struggle coming up with the right answer. Having this understanding gave me success throughout my school days. What any organization is looking for is right there on there website. Don’t be too in haste while applying for a job. Take your time to do a thorough research and prepare that job killer CV.
2. Stay informed
Most graduates will always say there is no job. I totally disagreed with this philosophy as I believe that jobs are everywhere. You are a graduate with a good degree, but you hardly know your way around the internet. Well am sorry to say, but you might end up not getting that job you desired. Always be in constant check of things happening around you. Don’t wait for you to be told, rather chose to be the one to tell other. Having a good CV is just the first step but if you have the best CV in the world without applying for any job, how can you get any? Stay glued to information around you and you will be amazed how speedily those jobs will start coming.
3. Overcome fear of rejection
One thing you can never do without facing as you begin hunting for jobs is rejection. Organizations will question your capability, they will look down on you. Some human resources managers will even label you unqualified. This factors are some of the major reasons most graduates will chose not to even apply for any job openings at all. That thought of been rejected will automatically make them want to quit without a fight. Yes, you have a good CV (one of the best at that) and you are well informed when it comes to vacancy ads. But the things is whenever you come across all these vacancies, all you think about is; what if you don’t get the job, what if applicants who are more qualified than you applied for that same position. All these are what I called excuse for success. All you are doing is giving yourself Excuses not to go after that job because you are scared of rejection. The truth is that you must face rejection at some point while hunting for a job. Overcome this fear and apply for that job without hesitation and also with the mindset that you are the best that the organization can ever get to hire. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others believe in you? Without a mindset of limitation, go after that job.
4. Rehearse before been interviewed
Most applicants considered this to be irrelevant. As a smart applicant you are expected to know more than half of what you have on your CV. When you are been asked a particular question and you are able to respond in such a way that the answer you gave was in agreement with what’s on your CV, then it is believed that you are truly selling what you have. But in a situation whereby you are always giving a contradicting answer, you will definitely create room for the Human Resources Managers to start doubting your capability. You will appear to be fake and labelled to be ingenue. You are also in obligation to know little but much about the organization you are aspiring to work for. Do a background check and don’t be caught off guard. Lastly on this, is for you to take note of news concerning your field of application as it can be a relevant advantage to show that you are current and up to date.
5. Know the basic interview ethics
After a successful application, there is need to rejuvenate yourself by properly been a master of some interview ethics.
How can this be done?
The Human Resources Managers are looking for just three things. Which are;
b. Intellectual capability
These are very important points to take note of and be well certified in each case.
Composure is how you present yourself in public. Is how people judge you physically without even hearing a word from you as you are been assessed. These nonverbal assessment includes; knocking the door before coming inside the interview hall, opening the door, salutation, how you respond to questions, your sitting posture, and your dressing and color choice.
As a professional that you are, you are expected to knock the door just twice without hitting it too hard or causing unnecessary disturbance.
Opening of the door also required that you should open the door with your right hand, and locking it behind you using your left hand. Don’t sit as if you are in your own sitting room as it will totally come in disagreement with our sense of humility. You are to sit upright and also maintain a good eye contact throughout any interaction process. Your dressing speaks a lot about you.
Like the saying goes that the way you are dressed is the way you will be addressed. Dress moderately and also chose your color combinations wisely.
Intellectual capability is the way you respond to each question. Also know the right word to say and avoid giving a straight forward answer as to avoid implicating yourself at the long run.
6. Don’t appeal to the mercy of your employer
It will be a thing of disgrace and shame for you to go for a job interview and start pleading for you to be employed. If eventually you were employed on that ground, you will be pushed around continuously by the management because they are aware of how desperately you need the job. Don’t be to desperate and don’t be predictable. Yes, you need the job and that is why you applied in the first place. But let your employer be aware that you need the job basically for professional development. Always avoid bringing in your personal life or family problems. Refuse to talk about all these and strictly be professional in all your dealings.
7. It’s OK to seek for help
After a successful application procedure, you are at liberty to seek for help from those that are already in the system or from appropriate individuals. Tell them why you intended to join the company and make them reason from your own point of view. It is of a great advantage if you are able to carry out this particular step before going for interview as it will psychologically increase your sense of belonging and will aid you to perform better. Seek for help or assistance but don’t beg for mercy.