Looking for a job can get stressful, especially when you aren’t prepared but need a job right away. To better handle the stress, break down the job hunting process into small, manageable steps. In this blog post, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you make steady progress towards your goal of finding your dream job within 30 days.
- Refresh Your Resume
Update your resume to stand out in the job market. Go through your resume and find out if you have any irrelevant information included such as irrelevant work experience or experience dating back to more than 10-15 years. Remove these items from your resume. Make sure to add new information such as new skills, new educational qualifications, new responsibilities in your previous job, etc. It’s important to emphasize on your skills to highlight what makes you an exceptional candidate.
If you have only listed down your job responsibilities under each role, replace them with information of your job achievements. Remember to proofread your resume. Check for consistency in resume format, spelling and grammar errors.
- Get Started with Your Job Hunt
Start with figuring out what type of job and company you’re looking for. Ask yourself some questions before you jump in to search jobs. Take some time to think about what your dream job is, what you didn’t like in your current or previous job, and why you want to change. Think about your needs, values, your desired work environment, work conditions, and, of course, the pay package.
Once you’re absolutely clear on what type of job you want to search for, organize your search time. You don’t need to spend the entire day just searching for job openings as you have a lot of things to prepare. Spend an hour every day on job searching.
- Expand Your Online Presence
Upload your resume on popular job portals such as Monster and CareerBuilder where ideal employers search for candidates. Create a profile on LinkedIn or update your professional information and photo if you already have a profile. LinkedIn is the largest professional network and every job seeker should realize its potential. A lot of job websites and big employers also post job openings on Twitter and search for candidates there. Get active on Twitter professionally, follow their profiles, and contact them as and when suitable.
- Prepare to Network
Use your own networks such as local job consultancies, employment centres, and recruitment services. They have resources that can help you get connected to an ideal employer. If your college has an alumni database, contact it for networking purposes. Also, make sure to stay connected with the alumni association of your previous employers as they can help in the future career growth of former employees. Another important thing to do is to keep your list of references ready even before you need them.
- Prepare for Your Interview
Be thoroughly informed about the industry and the company you intend to work for. The more you’re prepared, the better you’ll perform in the interview as towards the end of the interview, many employers ask industry related questions. If you’re well informed, it’ll showcase your interest in the field. For more tips on how you should prepare yourself for the job interview, read here.
- Follow Up
After your interview is over, employers usually promise to let you know the outcome of the interview. But don’t just leave it up to them. Follow up with them. Call them or send an email to reaffirm your interest in the job and follow up with the company. Keep your communication courteous and to the point but don’t forget to mention that you appreciated the meeting and you’re waiting for their response.
Follow these steps when searching for your dream job. Remember that you may not be successful in your very first attempt but don’t give up and get discouraged. Be patient and keep looking without focusing on a single job. You’ll get there if you develop your resume, promote yourself well, continue to improve your skills, hone your tools and stay consistent in your job hunting!