It's no secret that finding a job is a long and stressful process. You may already have spent many hours looking for work and applying for various jobs. But regardless of whether you work or are in search, you need to plan your job search wisely in order to achieve the best results in a relatively short period of time. This article will help you conduct an effective and efficient job search - just go to step 1 to get started.
The search for the guilty
Of course, everything can be attributed to the crisis, the callousness of industry sharks, and general injustice. One may be indignant about a particular employer. But if you reason sensibly, you can understand it. He wants to recruit professionals who know what creative intelligence is, know how to work in a team, have stress resistance and a dozen other advantages.
That is why there are a lot of questions for each new applicant in the personnel service of a reputable firm. Here it is better to scan X-rays for professional suitability. This means that attempts to find the guilty outside only interfere with the search for work. It takes time, effort, health, but the problem is not solved. Obviously, the stupor is in the applicant himself.
Before you try to change the situation with finding a job, you need to take a short time out and calmly analyze your behavior. Why does it not lead to the desired result? We name the main stumbling blocks on the path to employment:
Weak activity of a potential candidate. This affects 90% of applicants. A job search for them consists only in posting your resume on a human resource. After that, the applicant for the post is immersed in endless waiting. Meanwhile, by going to this resource, the employer will find dozens of the same resumes of the same type. And all of their authors have no more chances than you have to draw attention to yourself.
Haphazard job search. Many job seekers only occasionally show their activity. The result is achieved by those who do not miss the opportunity to remind themselves of themselves in any way: call back, review the resume, update it, supplement it with convincing facts, send job applications to specific employers, inform friends about their problem, leaf through print publications with announcements, regularly visit the city labor exchange.
Inadequate self-esteem. Both unjustified ambitions and lack of integration will not allow you to work effectively on the result. Underestimating yourself, you will cultivate the psychology of the victim. So you will achieve only one thing: they will offer you the most unskilled and low-paying job. Are you satisfied with the prospect of pouring sand with a golden spoon all your life? Excessive demands threaten to result in no less losses. You can even defend your “golden start”, sweeping away the proposals “unworthy of you” one after another.
Invalid resume. The main errors in the preparation of this document: superficiality, stereotyped, faceless. Meanwhile, an impressive resume is a mini presentation. Show your ingenuity, resourcefulness. Click on the information about your abilities in the screen request form: language skills, ability to drive a car, social adaptability, mention personal qualities: discipline, responsibility, good faith.
Interview failure. Why do many job seekers fail at the long-awaited audience with the employer? One reason is excitement and confusion. From this involuntary misses, excessive frankness in answering provocative questions. Passivity, lethargy, as well as inappropriate ardor or verbosity will not bring any benefit either. Another reason for the failure of the interview is a fundamental disagreement with the employer. In this case, do not resist. Work under the direction of a person alien to you in spirit will be a burden. And no material benefits can replace moral satisfaction.
Secrets of communicating with the employer
One of the main problems in finding a job is the inability to correctly explain the future boss forced idleness. The following excuses can save your reputation:
higher / second education,
the need to restore strength after intensive work / training,
support of a friend in establishing a business,
Search for a more promising vector in the professional field.
Each of these life circumstances may cause respect for the applicant. It is important to formulate them correctly so that the employer does not doubt your readiness to work selflessly.
Meaningless general phrases are not appropriate here. It is necessary to appeal to the facts, emphasizing the desire to devote oneself to the interests of the company. It is worth mentioning that, if there were difficulties, then they are already behind.
What the applicant should keep silent at the interview:
about your chronic ailments or a series of ailments of close relatives,
conflicts with the previous management or work team,
about circumstances such as a crisis in a country or instability in the world,
readiness in court to assert their labor rights.
5 tips for last:
Avoid negative attitudes: “I won’t”, “I won’t find”, “I won’t succeed”. Believe in yourself - and job searches will necessarily be reduced.
Going for an interview, do an auto-training. Convince yourself that meeting with the future boss is not a burden for you, but a joy. Remember: a little excitement does not hurt, but mobilizes: it adds energy and inspiration.
Do not worry about lack of work experience or qualifications. In the minds of many employers, these things are completely replaced by an ardent desire to work for the good of the enterprise.
Do not limit yourself to one area of activity during your job search. Life is full of sharp turns. Consider all the options.
Do not stop in self-development. Fight deficiencies, improve skills, hone abilities. Fortune loves the persistent!
1. Create a creative resume
The recruiter receives a lot of resumes and will read the document only if he hooks from the first seconds. Therefore, we will make the resume unusual. The topic has not been new for a long time, but you may have many questions:
- What is non-standard?
- Where and in what programs to make such a resume?
- Which positions are allowed and which are not?
A creative resume is a resume that shows the creative potential of its compiler. It was not made in Notepad, but at least well-designed in Word or compiled in InDesign. It has elements of infographics, or it completely represents infographics. And this resume in the form of a site you most likely have already seen and even played it.
Robbie Leonardi was looking for a designer job. rleonardi.com
There are many examples of an unusual approach on the Internet: a candidate puts a resume in a donut box and sends it to the HR department or rents a billboard in the right place where he broadcasts information about himself.
If you want to fill out a resume without any frills, do it using services such as Piktochart, CakeResume, ResumUP. Or use PowerPoint: create a portrait orientation and save it in PDF or JPG, but remember to stick to the structure.
A creative resume can be sent to all not very conservative positions. It is perfect for the marketer and designer, not very good for the financier (although you can experiment here) and does not suit the chief accountant at all.
We at MIF love it when they send us beautiful resumes. Beautiful does not mean colorful, decorated. Beautiful - means that the information is conveniently structured (good layout), and therefore reads well and quickly. When we see such resumes, we understand that the person was preparing, and therefore, most likely, hardworking. Usually in life it is.
This option is interesting if for you future work is not only earnings, but also a professional passion.
- Start a blog, share it with knowledge and thoughts on a professional topic. Or write on your pages in social networks.
- Comment on the posts of professionals from your field on their own blogs and on their pages on social networks. Invite them to consider you as an employee.
- If knowledge allows, make publications in specialized publications.
This will show that you are passionate and involved in the professional sphere, and will help you to connect with useful people. And your publications or blog can be used as a portfolio to your resume, simply by putting a link to them.
When I just started looking for a job in recruiting, I started a blog. She described her experience in job search, and over time, he turned into a professional tool. Several times thanks to the blog I was offered a job. It was important for employers that I am passionate about HR and write.
A friend of mine found a job through speaking at conferences. He talked abruptly about work achievements, observations, and employers themselves turned to him.
If you have nothing to share so far, you can go to events as a participant, get acquainted with the speakers you like and offer them yourself as a candidate.
What do we have to do?
- Praise the speaker, indicate what you liked in his report.
- Tell us about yourself and how you can be useful to his company.
- Do not lose contact and continue communication in social networks, commenting on his posts or asking questions.
Even if you were not invited immediately to work, this person can become your friend and mentor. And in the future - recommend you to your friends.
4. Use your contacts
The more people will know about your job search, the better. Tell your mom, a former colleague about it, write to your friends.
Make a list of people who can recommend you in their companies. Even if there is no suitable vacancy for you today, it may appear tomorrow. If an employee took your resume to the human resources department, they will review it and give an answer.
5. Use social networks
Make a viral post about looking for work. If it is interesting, it will scatter and attract the attention of employers.
You can and should be creative in social networks. This is not a summary where everything should be clearly structured.
- Write about who you are and what you can do.
- Interestingly describe your personal qualities.
- Put a cool photo.
- Repost in job search and HR groups.
- Ask your friends to repost.
Why does it work? Eychars are accustomed to the passivity of candidates and are very surprised when a person makes an interesting statement about himself.
Realweb's Andrey Amiryan shares his experience: “I was just starting my way in sales and was interested in different directions. The first post was formulated from the category: “Friends, at the moment I am looking for work. Very interesting is the direction of sales, both direct and other directions. There is a standard set of qualities, as in any other resume, and an additional indefatigable desire to learn. Ready to start from the very starting position. Like, share, repost. "
After that, he additionally wrote to people whom he personally knew with a request to make a repost. I believe that it was the social network that led me to immediately get to the development of the business area, as I shot a repost of a person who is spinning in the circle of startups. ”
6. Go around eychara
If you know what to offer the company, and are confident in your abilities, write to the future leader directly.
Yes, you have to find contacts. Yes, you need to think carefully about what to write and how to intrigue it. Yes, eychars do not like this, but you will not obey eycharu, right?
This method is suitable for those who imagine what they will talk with the leader, if he agrees to meet. But be prepared that he can pass on your resume to eychar for an initial interview. There is nothing to worry about. Eycharas are very attentive to the candidates whom the leader himself asked to meet.
7. Come to the company
What needs to be done for this to work:
- Get ready for the meeting. Gather information about the company and tell the eychar why you are so attracted to working with them that you decide to take a chance and come.
- Bring your resume and portfolio (if any) with you. It’s good if your resume is adjusted to the vacancy.
- Think in advance what you will say. Your task is to interest and show that you are the person they need.
- Be positive and set up for a productive conversation. Everyone is always pleased to communicate with a friendly person.
I myself recruited people who did this. I was impressed by their perseverance and willingness to take risks. You understand that this person will roll mountains to get a job. And look at him: where can he be useful?
This method has disadvantages:
- Eichars, like any other people, do not like to be torn off from daily tasks. Your arrival will be unexpected and will cause at least surprise.
- The specialist may be busy, and you will have to wait or come another day.
What are your risks:
- Spent time and effort. You can get on some aggressive recruiter who will express dissatisfaction. But believe me, they will not add you to any black lists and will hinder your job search, too.
8. Write a letter after the interview
If you have already passed the interview, the company is interesting to you and there are good chances to get into it, you can once again surprise the recruiter by writing him a letter after the conversation. This practice has taken root abroad, but has not yet become native to us.
Such a letter will strengthen the positive impression of you, with the help of it you can show business correspondence skills and dispel any doubts that you noticed during the interview.
My future employer ordered services from the company in which I worked at that time. We talked at meetings on their project. When I was about to leave, I wrote to them just to say goodbye and let me know that I was leaving for freelance. At that moment, they were looking for a person with my competencies, and this letter worked as a resume. I did not stop at freelance.
- Say hello and thank you for the interview.
- Write what you liked or what conclusions you made after communication. For example, you have noticed a lack of any knowledge: tell us how you plan to work with it.
- Develop doubts. If you understand that your candidacy concerns the recruiter or manager with something, write about it. For example: “You asked about my experience in public speaking. I found a link to the video of my speech at the conference, here it is. ”
- Remind what skills and knowledge your company may benefit.
- Say goodbye and say that you will wait for feedback.
With the help of this letter you will not only show what is better than other candidates, but also prove what you forgot to say in the interview.