Are you searching for a job? If yes, then, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Jobvit, Seventy-one percent of workers are either actively looking or interested in finding a new position. For many, the process of finding new job can be tedious at best and soul-draining at worst.
Few people don’t have the ability to wait so long to get a job, because feeling that you’re at the mercy of the job market can be incredibly frustrating. If you’re out of work, waiting months to find a job may not even be an option. In either case, you need a new job, and you needed it yesterday.
Fortunately, Ngcareers have put together some (known but overlooked) steps you can take to accelerate your job search. Here are six things you can do that will help you get hired faster, so that you can get your career – and your life – back on the right track.
1. Time your search right
Some seasons are more favorable for job searchers than others. Apparently, if you need work right away, you might not have the luxury of waiting for a favorable season to look for a job. But if you’re itching for a change, you might want to start your search at a time of year when companies are more likely to be looking for new employees.
The big months for hiring are January and February, and late September and October. Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired.
2. Let people know you’re looking
You are missing a vital step if you limit your job search to jobs online, according to Forbes, forty-one percent of people surveyed by staffing company Manpower reported that networking was the key to landing their latest job. Many open positions are never posted online.
Don’t be shy to make your job search public, if you are currently employed and looking for job elsewhere, you might want to keep the job search a secret at your place of work. Personally reach out to former co-workers and others in your network (both online and in real life) and ask for a favor that might help move your job search along.
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3. Show employers what you’ve done
You know that part on your CV that reads “goals and objectives”? Skip it, say experts. Your goal and objectives are pretty clear enough, after all – you want a job. Instead, use a summary statement that focuses on your past accomplishments. Show the recruiter and interviewers what you’ve done in the past and how that will make you a better employee for them.
Even if you are fresh out of school or just joining a new industry, you’ve got a sentence or two you could put in that paragraph that might generate questions, interest and maybe even a job interview, like “I spearheaded an anti-AIDS campaign and raised N500,000 to support the cause”
In short, you need to brag a little (sometimes, maybe a lot). And whenever possible, it is important to quantify your accomplishments. Don’t just say you recruited volunteers for a cause, say you recruited 50 volunteers and helped raise N150, 000. Don’t just say that you managed a big project during your undergraduate days, say that you managed a big project and completed it two weeks early and N80, 000 under budget.
Doing something free for a cause can do your career a whole lot of good. Dedicating some of your time to helping others could make it much easier to find a job, according to a study recently study published in the Journal of Career Assessment. Out of 265 unemployed young people, it was found that those who volunteered were more likely to have a job after six months than those who didn’t. Even volunteering for just a day every week was associated with a greater chance of finding a job.
“Employers are no longer interested in training potential applicants who may do an outstanding job based on academic promise,” noted the study’s authors. “Volunteering activities provide opportunities for emerging adults to master specific skill-sets and to demonstrate proof of competency and value.”
5. Clean up your social media
I am sure you know this by now, but here’s a reminder just in case you forgot: There’s a very good possibility that your potential employer is checking out your social media profiles. Forty-three percent of employers are researching candidates on social media, according to a CareerBuilder survey. If they don’t like what they see, it could cost you the job.
Here’s a list of some employer turn off:
- Nearly half said they’d pass on an applicant who posted “provocative or inappropriate photographs or information.”
- Sharing information about drinking or using drugs
- Bad-mouthing an employer or co-worker
- Making racist, tribalistic, sexist, or other discriminatory comments
- Sharing confidential information
- Having an unprofessional screen name
Just as social media blunders can harm your job search, so can not having any online presence at all. A LinkedIn profile is a must at this point – 94% of recruiters used the site to find candidates, a 2014 survey by Jobvite found. Overall, 73% of recruiters said they had hired a candidate through social media.
6. Join Ngcareers
Most job-seekers are using the Internet to look for another job, rather than spending their time circling ads in the National newspapers. Online job-hunting can save the expenses associated with pounding the pavement looking for a job and connect you to more employers in a shorter time.
If you are thinking of getting a job, changing a job or even a career switch, Ngcareers is the right place to do that. A trial will definitely convince you. Register with us today.