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Job hunting guide: 6 effective steps to conduct a job search

Published: Tuesday 8th September 2020

Applying for jobs and recruitment processes have undergone a great shift in the recent years, even more so due to the pandemic. The old-school traditions that worked before need some enhancement and modifications to provide a candidate the best shot at landing their dream job. While several were unfortunately laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others had their offer letters revoked or were mid-progress during job hunting. As the global economy attempts to start back up and thrive, a lot of opportunities are bubbling up for the ones quick enough to grab them. Our guide will help you with 6 effective steps to conduct a job search successfully.

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Read on to know how!

  • Understand Yourself and Your Job Preference: Job searching becomes easier when you understand yourself as a working professional better. Criterias like your salary and working hours expectations, core area of focus, professional goals, workplace culture, non-negotiables and other factors play a great role in getting you closer to a job you will love and thrive in. Use a document to note down all things relevant, be it relocation or your desire to work from home.  
  • Create A Professional Profile: Your personal profile includes your cover letter, resume, LinkedIn and professional portfolio, all of which need to be kept updated to their latest versions. Also use the opportunity to showcase your core competencies and skills with keywords so that you get shortlisted easily. Another word of advice would be to modify your resume length and cover letter as per each organization and job that you apply for, so you don’t miss out on relevant details.
  • Personal Branding and Networking: Your personal brand will show your authenticity and values to the hirers. This means that your social media such as LinkedIn displays your professional perspective for them to understand you better. You can post short write-ups sharing your perspective about your industry and the business trends as per your field of work, or speak about things you are really passionate about, such as mental health, global poverty, environmental crisis and more. The key is to showcase yourself as a multifaceted professional who is not only in touch with the events of business but also takes the time to build a community of like-minded connections. Take the time to network with professionals from your career industry as they may have leads for you.
  • Shortlist the Organizations You Want to Work With: Knowing where you want to work is a great way to find some direction. Just like you created a document answering questions in step 1, note down the top 10 to 20 organizations you would like to work with in the future. Once you have the list, do your research on them to understand their brand and operations better. Once you know the designation ideal for you in these organizations, don’t shy away from reaching out to their recruitment team to inquire about vacancies.
  • Make Calculated Steps to Your Hiring Process: Once you have your list of organizations that you’d like to get hired by, it is time to put an action plan in place. Get in touch with the hiring team or hiring manager of these organizations and send them your profile. You can request for informational interviews with them even if they don’t have any posed openings. The point is to be on their list whenever they begin actively recruiting so you have a greater chance to get hired.
  • Follow Up and Stay in Touch: Now that you have sent your resume and possibly given an informational interview, try to keep in touch with the hirers. Following up with them will help them remember you, so when a job vacancy does arise, your name would be on top of their list to notify. The hiring team can be a great ally during recruitments if you receive a recommendation from them.

The bottomline of this guide is to always be open to improvement by analyzing yourself and your progress. When something doesn’t work well, revisit the step and modify it. The most important part about this cycle is to stay hopeful and optimistic. Motivate yourself and keep trying till the day you land your dream job.

In the meantime, you can visit our jobseeker blogs and career guides to polish your profile and prepare yourself better for the interviews to come. We wish you the best of luck!

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