How to Get a Better Job Using the 10 Step Job Hunting Strategy

When it comes to job search thousands of people do almost the same thing. If you want to be unique and attract the juicy but limited jobs available you cannot afford to do the same thing thousands or probably hundreds of thousands of other career individuals are doing. You need something unique that you can tailor to meet your own needs and impress yourself on recruiters and employing organizations.

If what you have been doing to land a good job has not been working. If all you do is scan the job boards and read the Thursday Guardian there is much more you can do.

You need to follow the ten step job hunting strategy

The 10 Step Job Hunting Strategy is culled from a bestselling career book we wrote here on NGCareers some years back called ‘The Instant Job Guide: How to Land Your Dream Job in 6 Weeks

We will soon be releasing the entire eBook (revised and updated edition) free to both graduate and experienced jobseekers and you can get informed on when and how you can get your FREE copy by following NGCareers on Twitter.

Right, straight to our ten step job hunting strategy

1. Identify the type of job you want (at least two or three job types will do). Every smart strategy or plan starts with a goal. You cannot say you just want any kind of job, that’s a view point of losers. You are worth more than that. Write down on that sheet of paper what kind of job you want eg Customer Service Executive, Administrative Manager etc. Your three types of job should be at least something you can aspire to with your qualifications or something fairly attainable. You also list out the kind of industry you want to work in eg telecommunications, FCMG, logistics etc. This will help you in the next section below when you need to identify companies you want to work for.

2. Identify at least 10 companies or organizations you want to work for. Be sure that these companies hire people to do the kind of job you listed out in section one above. If you do not know about companies that hire the kind of positions you listed in section 1 then you need to do some research.

One tip to observe when compiling your list of 10 companies is to ignore the very large companies and seek out companies that are doing well, can pay you the kind of salary you desire but are not necessarily big and popular. There are tools you can use to search and get stable and good companies to target with your application.

You can use Google to type in certain search phrases such as telecommunication companies in Nigeria, Courier and Logistics companies in Nigeria. Vconnect is also a good tool to use in searching for businesses and companies in Nigeria. They claim to list over 300,000 companies and businesses.

3. You may need to create an excel spreadsheet for this (if you are conversant with using excel). After you have compiled your list of 10 companies or organizations to target pick each company and research their contact details and management personnel. Under your spreadsheet create headings as follows; Company/Organisation, Contact 1, Contact 2, Date of Application Submitted, Date Response Received, Date of Interview, Next Step.

Under the contact headings 1 and 2 put the name of any top contact you came up with while researching the company and their email, phone number, twitter handle etc.

Do this for all the 10 organisations.

4. Research the Skills and Qualifications needed for the types or title of jobs you listed in section 1. Search past job adverts that related to the type of jobs you listed and list out the qualifications and skills required. If possible search to see if any of the companies you are targeting have in the past advertised for the type or job title you listed in section 1 and write down the important skills and requirements listed in the job advert.

5. Now based on the skills and experience you listed out that are needed for that type of job you are seeking draw a Strength vs Weakness table to analyse your strength vs weakness as regards each of the job types. Eg if you seek a position as Administrative Manager in a logistics firm you may find out the usual skills and qualifications needed for that position based on past adverts for that type of job. Then you can draw a table to compare your current qualifications and skills versus the one outlined for the post of Administrative Manager in the adverts.

See the illustration below;

If after your research you discover the following major requirements for Administrative Manager Jobs;
– A good bachelor degree in social sciences, management or related disciplines
– Good knowledge of Microsoft office applications
– Ability to use HR software such as Virtual HR etc
– Numerical ability
– Sound financial knowledge and skills especially in budget monitoring
– Demonstrated ability to work with and lead a team to meet set goals

You then draw your table to match your current qualifications and skills to the ones needed for the job. Maybe your match looks as follows;
– Hold a degree in Business Management
– Knows MS Office applications
– Doesn’t know HR software
– Good in Arithmetic and Numerical calculations
– Financial knowledge not sound
– Have successfully worked with a team and led a team on a previous occasion to meet set goals

Your strength and weakness table for the Administrative Manager job is as follows;

Strength Weakness
Degree in Business Mgt No knowledge of HR software
Good Knowledge of MS office Not Sound Financial Knowledge
Good in Arithmetic
Proof of Successfully leading a team to meet set goals

The above table shows you areas you need to improve to be in top shape for an Administrative Manger position. You embark on improving yourself.

6. Add to Your Strengths, Erase Your Weakness as Much as Possible

7. Now that you have strengthened your qualification for these jobs you can now create powerful CVs and cover letters tailored for each of the three types of jobs (We will also be releasing our bestselling CV and Cover Letter Manual FREE so follow us on Twitter to know when)

8. Build Your Board of Advisors: these are people you know or can build relationships with to help you with intelligence or connections to these companies on your list. Build a list of such people for each company. They could be well placed employees in the companies, or consultants and professionals with good networking skills and influence in that industry or related industries. Reach out to them via twitter, LinkedIn etc and request them to critic your CV and cover letters.

In the email you send to them, attach your resumé, let them know how much you admire their careers and value their expertise and assistance and you are asking that they be part of your personal advisory board during your job search. You can share your spreadsheet (the excel document where you did your analysis of your strengths and weaknesses for each job for the 10 companies) and ask them for their candid advice on how you can network into these companies. Also ask advice on whether they know any companies that can use your skills.

9. When you get contacts (emails) of HR managers or even CEOs or top executives of these companies send along a well written and short cover letter with your CV asking to be considered if any opening occurs where your skills will be utilized.

10. Be patient, Thank Your Advisory Board Members for their time and advice. Send them weekly updates on the progress you are making in your job search. If you get invited to any interviews based on your networking and the applications you send in to these companies prepare well and note the dates so you don’t forget.

This strategy will take some time because you are going to build your network, introduce yourself to people who can act as members of your board and generally pitch your application to influential managers in your target companies. However if you build the right connections both online and offline you will soon get invitations for interviews and should you impress you could soon be in a better job.

The ten step job hunting strategy is not for the faint hearted though. This strategy is for career people who are bold enough and really want to network and find their way to very good job offers.
If you get a job through this method don’t forget to teach others.

Image credits: Forbes

One Comment

  1. sola says:

    thanks in anticipation

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