Helpful Tips To Job-Search Effectively & Maintain Your Sanity In The Process
Going through a job-search is quite a challenge. It’s not an easy process searching for roles that are the right fit for you. Here are my tips on how to be effective in your job-search process.
I’d also like to offer you advice on how to keep going and remain encouraged during the process.
Do Your Research
It’s important that when searching for jobs, you look for roles that are applicable to your skills, experience and possibly values. Understand the kind of role you are looking for and the industry that you want to be in.
Some young graduates make the mistake of being open to everything. You can’t be open to everything. You have to know what you are capable of. You have to know what your best skills and strengthens are.
Make sure that the job role, values and your skills line up. If not, you’d be setting yourself up for a rocky road ahead.
Have Visible Samples of Your Work
When employers can see examples of your capabilities, you make yourself a strong candidate. I’d advise that you have a website that can serve as a portfolio. There are many options that can enable you to have a free website and display your work. You want people to be able to Google you and see what you are about.
Be Active On Social Media
Social media is a great platform for you to show future employers who you are. Don’t just be on social media to browse and consume. Contribute and engage. Be part of the conversation. Lend your voice. Produce something.
It makes a difference in your job search because your social media platform is your brand. Does your brand adequately reflect who you are? Does your brand show that you are relevant? Feel free to send me an email if you have questions around this.
Network In The Right Groups
I always talk about networking because it’s important. It’s especially important when you are in a job search. You can’t just sit and wait for the opportunity to come to you.
You have to make yourself visible and heard in the right groups. The keyword is “right.” These are groups that add value. These are groups where there are other professionals who you admire their work. These are groups where your input and capabilities align with their goals.
Understand How To Articulate Your Goals + Aspirations
When searching for a job, you should know how to express yourself. This is because you don’t have to send an application to apply for a job. Through a conversation with someone, you could be making yourself eligible for a role.
Do you know what your goals are? Do you understand where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years from now? You have to know these things because it strengthens your chances of getting to where you want to be.
What To Do During the Waiting Process
The waiting process for a job-search is tedious and frustrating. It can honestly take a toll on you physically and mentally. You have to know how to take care of yourself while you wait.
Take Relevant Courses
While you’re waiting on the applications you’ve been sending, still keep yourself busy. If you allow your job-search to take up all your time, it will deplete you. Put your mind on other things.
Taking relevant courses not only keeps you busy, but it also gives you an opportunity to learn new things. The knowledge you gain is an added advantage to making you a great candidate for available roles.
Make Time For Passions/Hobbies
You have to try to make time for things that will lead to your happiness. This is what will keep you in a good state of mind. While waiting for the job, do the things that will bring you joy. This could be any form of art. Allow yourself to find happiness in a hobby.
Seek Support In Many Forms
The job search is not a fun process. There are days when you will not feel encouraged. Have a form of support system. Be willing to speak to family, close friends and a partner to stay encouraged.
Spend time with people that will lift your spirit. Please be mindful of the company you keep. The last thing you need during a difficult job-search is to be around people that will intentionally gossip, tear you down and ridicule you. Protect your space always.
I hope my tips gave you some insight and motivation. I wish you luck in your search and please stay encouraged.