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6 things you need to know when job searching


Date Posted: 12/10/2012 3:31:56 AM

Posted By: fly1234  Membership Level: Bronze  Total Points: 15

While the holiday kicks in,focusing on your job search may require you to go slightly a different direction. This is the time to evaluate your effort and see what you may do better to enhance your success in job search. The reality is, you are responsible for your job search, you are responsible for how you manage to secure an opportunity. This is the time to troubleshoot your job search skills just to ensure that you get that job which you badly want. But please, the following 6 points are a No to any person looking for a job:

1 Despair, or "i have officially given up".
Most people are aggressive when it comes to looking for a job, but others have reached a point where all they can say is, enough is enough. The truth is, when you give up, no job will come your way. Prospective employers know how to sense desperation in a candidate. So if you are one of those who have given up, it could work to your disadvantage. Also when asked what you want to do, don''t say "i''ll take anything". Again this makes you come across as desperate and with low self worth.

2 Broaden you search strategy.
Well, you may have responded to several job ads posted online. That is even better than doing nothing. But you also need to diversify your strategy in job search to increase your chances. One effective strategy is using your personal network. List your phone book, friends on facebook, relatives and other people you may know to help you get a job.You never know when you are going to get an offer or even get a job created for you. Career experts say that people tend to recommend and hire people they know and like, which is why you should

also consider this option.

3 No idea which job you want
This comes when you have applied for so many jobs with little or no success, you therefore resort to thinking that you can do anything that comes your way. Sometimes we get going with the flow. Looking for a job without a compass can get you in a reactive and more passive role. You only realize it at a later stage that you are bored and feeling inadequate with your present position.
You can visit Jobs in Kenya Portal and search for jobs or even post your resume.

4 Entitlement: You think you have the right for a particular level of job or salary.
If you want to be successful in your job search, don't live in a bubble.
- Applying for a job in which you have no adequate experience or skills may prompt you to show transferable skills. Most of the time, employers pick those who meet their criteria.
- Noting the salary or that job you deserve is a good idea as it helps you note where you fit in the job market.
- If you change careers, you start at the bottom working your way up the ladder as you gain experience.

5 Selfishness.
Networking is one of the most effective job search strategies we know, but approaching it with a me, me, me, attitude will not help you.The idea of networking is to relate, not to receive. The idea is to think about how you can serve someone best with what you have. Think about the other person with you being at the back of your mind.

6 Negligence.
Analyzing your job search strategies is a key component to a successful job search. Socrates the great philosopher said "The unexamined life is not worth living". This quote was meant to apply even to our struggle for getting the perfect job. Identify areas where you are inadequate and work on them. These areas always don''t fix up themselves, you have to do something. For example, if you realize that you cannot write a good CV, have them professionally done for you, instead of sending hundreds of them in that state.

Consider remedial as soon as you detect that you are not getting calls from prospective employers. This may be an indication of a problem with your CV or it could be that you are not distributing them properly. If you are getting interviews but no calls afterwards, you need to review your interview skills.

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