Eight Ways to Be a Smart Job Seeker
As 2011 winds down, no doubt there are many people that have finding the right job on their list of New Year’s Resolutions. Elena Bajic, founder and CEO of Ivy Exec, offers eight tips individuals can start utilizing now to become smarter job seekers and be better equipped for the 2012 job market.
- Take a hard look at your finances: If you’re currently searching for a job or are about to start looking for a job, immediately look at your finances to see where you can curb costs and expenses.
- Take inventory & do a full, honest self SWAT analysis: Take time to understand who you are and what you can bring to the job table. Really understand your strengths and weaknesses.
- Set realistic and achievable goals and review them daily: Make your time count when it comes to finding the right job. Make a specific to-do or checklist each day to make sure your job search is productive. Set goals such as “I need to make at five calls today” or “I’m going to reach out / network with four people today.”
- Treat your job search like you’d treat a job: Finding the right job requires the same commitment as one would commit to a full-time job.
- Network to build relationships, not to find a job: Networking is about building relationships with people who can connect you with people who can help you find a job. I
- Focus on self improvement: For those who are currently unemployed, dedicate time during your job search to acquire new skills and to improve your candidacy. Use this time as an opportunity to build on your existing skills and experience. Make your time fruitful.
- Develop a job search with professional help: if you can afford it, hire a professional who can offer objective advice and help anchor you so that you’d avoid making common job search mistakes (ie. take the first job offer that comes through, start interviewing with any company that shows interest even if it is the not right fit, etc.) .
- Stay positive – Interviewers can read negativity pretty quickly, and nobody wants to hire a negative person. By following the first seven tips, you will be a more confident job seeker with more focus, and with a clear picture of the right job that’s the right fit.