The job search process can be a trying time. There are so many considerations that you have to weigh and decisions that have to be made. Plus, there’s the pressure of finding the perfect position that will be your dream job.
All of these preconceptions make the process anxiety filled and stressful. However, it does not have to be that way and by implementing a few tips you can maintain your sanity during a stressful job search.
Use these five tips to have a successful job search:
1. Be Open Minded
The quest to find the perfect, dream job is often unrealistic and seemingly only sets you up for failure. In your job search, if your goal is to find the perfect position, you will likely be disappointed.
Instead, it is much more beneficial to be open-minded when it comes to your job search. While a specific job may not scream “Dream Job” at first look, it may end up being your perfect, dream job. Therefore, keeping your options open and not discounting positions because they do not appear to be exactly what you want can open the door to many opportunities that can benefit your career in the long run.
2. Seek Advice & Make Connections
Recognizing that others in your field have a wealth of knowledge that could potentially help you land a position, is the best tool at your disposal. In the age of social media, professional platforms help you connect to other in the same industry and build relationships with those people.
Use those resources to seek out advice and make connections with people in who are in the industry, companies, and positions in which you are focusing your job search.
As you navigate the job search process, it is imperative to your success that you listen to the advice and feedback you are given. During interviews, practice the art of listening without interrupting and using what you hear to help you build on your responses to questions.
Demonstrating your ability to listen not only helps you fine-tune your interview skills but also helps you stand out as someone who is a team player.
Before applying for a job, take the time to research the company. Research the organization’s mission statement, values, and people in the decision-making positions. If you decide to apply for a position with that company, take the time to reach out to the decision-makers to communicate how you would be asset to their company to help you stand out before a job interview.
5. Build a Strong Personal Brand
As you send in your job search materials, your personal brand speaks for you; therefore, it is crucial that you build a strong personal brand. Your responses to common behavioural interview questions need to also align with your personal brand so the decision-makers recognize the value, experience, and expertise you will bring to the position.