Thursday, April 29, 2010

FIVE KEYS TO FINDING A JOB


Who obtains the best job? Is it always the most qualified applicant? No, says Brian, an employment consultant. “The job often goes to the most effective job seeker.” What can you do to become the most effective job seeker? Let us consider five suggestions.

Be Organized: If you have lost a good job or have been unemployed for a long time, it is easy to become downhearted. It is crucial that you establish your own ‘workday’ schedule so that you start your day knowing what is to be done, suggests the book Get a Job in 30Days or Less. Set daily goals and record what you have done.” In addition, each day must start with your getting dressing for work. You must make it your job to find a job, no matter how long it takes.
Access the Hidden Job Market: The fisherman with the largest net is the one most likely to catch fish. So, too, your knowing how to increase the size of your “net” will improve your chances of landing a job. If you are looking for a job only by responding to newspaper or internet advertisements, the majority of the available jobs may be slipping past your net. A good number of jobs are not advertised. If a manger says that he has no work, ask him if he knows where else you might look and specifically to whom you should speak. If he offers a suggestion, make an appointment with that company, stating the name of the person who referred you. You can also ask your friends, family, and other associates to help you access the hidden job market.
Be Adaptable: To increase your chances of finding work you must be adaptable. It is unlikely you will find a job with everything you hope for. You need to learn to be content employment that is less than ideal. Being adaptable may mean overcoming prejudice against certain types of work. Learn to accept any suitable work. Eventually, you will be able to find a job in your field of expertise.
Produce an Effective CV: A CV tells potential employers not only who you are but also what you have accomplished and why they need you, says Nigel, an employment consultant in Australia. Preparing a CV will help you feel more in control as you search for work. Writing a CV helps you to organize your thoughts and goals. It also builds your confidence by helping you prepare for potential question you may be asked during a job interview.
Prepare well for your Interviews: You may want to research the company you hope to work for. The more you know about the company, the better the impression you will also help you determine whether the company really has the kind of work you want or is one you want to work for. To start off well, smile and give the interviewer a firm handshake if that is the customary greeting. Concentrate on what the employer needs from you and what you have to offer. Don’t fidget or slouch-good posture conveys confidence. Don’t be too informal or overly talkative. Avoid being negative about your former employers and workmates. Maintain eyes contact with the interviewer, use natural gestures when you speak, and articulate clearly.
By following the suggestions outlined above, you may soon have a job. If that is the case, what can you do to increase your chances of keeping it?

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