If you’re really unlucky, you might find this simple fact about the job search process: It is not easy.
The process has been full of ups and downs, small victories and brutal defeats. By the time you reach the ultimate success—landing that amazing job—you’ll be physically and mentally exhausted.
No matter how difficult the job search process may be, the lessons you learn from it will come in handy if you ever find yourself on the job market again. Some of those lessons will surprise you.
We’ll make the job search process a little easier for you (or at least prepare you mentally) and now address some of those surprises.
Wow! There are many ways to find a job
In a simpler time, a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), read the classifieds section of the newspaper to see what was available for employment.
Today, while classifieds still exist (they are online), there are a large number of online job websites that specialize in job searches from all over the country and the world.
Websites such as Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, LinkedIn and Craigslist are some of the most popular Job boards But there are many others, including some designed for individual states, regions, and professions.
The number of options can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t recently engaged in a job search.
The best thing to do is explore multiple websites to see which one best suits your needs. Also, seek advice from friends and colleagues who are in the process to hear about their experiences with different websites.
While these websites are a good resource to see what’s available for jobs, it’s important not to rely too much on them. If you have identified some companies that you would like to work for, a Active job search and make personal connections through networking. Don’t rely solely on an online job board to express interest and submit your application.
There are many ways to write a resume
You haven’t updated your resume in a while and want to see what the latest formats look like, so you type “Resume format“or “resume template” into your online search engine. Suddenly, you’re presented with yet another huge set of options.
Seeking resume guidance online is like trying to diagnose yourself by using a medical website—you sometimes get more than you bargained for.
When working on your resume, it’s important to focus more on the content initially, which will eventually lead to the format.
It’s also important to realize that there is no “one size fits all” resume, as every resume should be tailored to the job you’re applying for.. You want to make sure your relevant skills and accomplishments that translate to this new job are at the top of the resume. A recruiter should be able to see these transferable skills within the first six seconds of reviewing your resume.
Work It Daily has multiple resume resources, including a Resume review by our career coaches.
The thought of personal branding can make you nervous
Resumes and cover letters are no longer enough. At Work It Daily, we like to say you’re the “business of one,” and personal branding is a big part of that.
Personal branding may seem overwhelming if you’ve never thought about it before, but it’s really not that bad. Think about when you’re preparing your resume. Think about the type of career you want and the type of skills that translate to that industry. Think about what really makes you stand out.
Once you decide it, share it with the world. Use LinkedIn and social media to your advantage.
Your goal is to let people know what you are doing professionally at all times. That way you can get to know your professional network What is your personal brand?You can turn to referrals while you’re on the job market.
If you’re worried you don’t have a personal branding strategy, fear not. Take your time, think about it a bit, and consult with colleagues and mentors. Everyone has a personal brand; It’s just a matter of putting it all together and executing.
There is more than one way to do a job interview
Phone, video and group interviews are becoming more common. No matter what type of interview you are a part of, preparation is always key.
Treat every interview the same. Prepare answers to all Common interview questions The interviewer may ask and Do your research on the company Before the interview. Prepare questions for the interviewer so they know you’re interested and have done your research. Also, be sure to dress professionally (more on that in a minute).
Most people are familiar with the in-person interview and if it’s nerve-wracking, it’s also familiar. There is comfort in familiarity. Those types of interviews that you are unfamiliar with are the most intimidating to prepare for.
In these different types of interviews, you can experience a lot Phone interview, where you are interviewing for a chance to be invited for an in-person interview. That’s a lot of pressure, but you also lose the benefit of some social cues when you’re doing a phone interview.
In an in-person interview, you will be able to make eye contact with the interviewer and convey enthusiasm and emphasis better. You can also watch the interviewer and try to gauge their reactions.
Phone interviews are also faster than in-person interviews. You get less time to get your points. While all interviews involve some level of stress, the short timeline and impersonal nature of the phone interview make it one of the trickiest interviews to get through.
You care about what to wear to your personal interview
It’s true, you do… and that’s okay!
You want to dress for success and have the opportunity to interview First impression. Deciding how to dress goes back to researching your company. You need to figure out what the company culture is and then dress up a notch.
For example, if the company is very casual, attend the interview in business casual attire.
You may already have the perfect outfit, or you may spend some time in front of the mirror. As long as the clothing you choose fits the company culture, it’s okay to be picky. Make sure your shirt is ironed and your shoes are clean.
And, if you bought new clothes for the interview, be sure to remove all tags!
You can have a great interview and still not get the job
There are times when you know right away that you won’t get the job. You’re not as prepared as you need to be, or the position isn’t the right fit. While no one wants a bad interview, sometimes it’s easier to accept emotionally, especially if you can identify where things went wrong and take the lessons forward.
But, what if you do everything right? If you leave the interview feeling crushed and the job in the bag, you’ll only find out later Didn’t get a job?
In fact, you may have had a great interview, but the mistake you made is thinking that it will automatically get you the job.
When employers say that many qualified candidates have applied for jobs, it’s not just lip service. Chances are they have a very tough choice and despite your best efforts, there is only one other candidate who is a better fit for the position.
This can be a big blow the first time it happens to you. Let it get you down but don’t let it hold you back. Rely on the things you do well and do an honest self-assessment and do the things you can do well.
Make sure Thank the interviewer Continue to express interest in the opportunity and position. There is always a chance that they will come back to you at some point in the future.
Salary is important but not everything
Many people change jobs to get a better salary, but many do so because they are unhappy in their current jobs. Whatever the reason, salary still remains a key factor. It is important to do your research on the average salary for the type of position you are pursuing in your geographic area.
However, as you go through the job search process, your attitude toward salary may change. You may love the company’s work-life balance and benefits package so much that you’re willing to take a pay cut. There may also be times when the demands for the job are higher than expected and you need to step it up Salary requirements. Personal circumstances also play a major role in salary negotiations.
When the time comes Salary negotiations, be flexible. Don’t shortchange yourself, understand your priorities as well. Salary is an important part of the equation, but you should also factor in everything you learn about the position during the search process to make a well-informed decision.
One thing is for sure when it comes to the job search process: you will learn a lot along the way!
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