There are so many factors that go into landing the perfect job offer. First, you have to find open positions that you not only can qualify for, but these open positions should also, if possible, meet your personal standards. Then, you have to complete the application process and wait for the company be interested enough to request an interview with you. In the interview, you have to sum up our past work experiences and skills. Don’t forget to also try to make a good impression. Lastly, you will need to follow up as necessary until you get the offer or the rejection. If you want to increase your chances of landing a job offer, it would be wise to repeat this process with as many employers as possible until presented with the desired offer.
This article will provide tips to assist with each phase of the job hunting process.
Locating Open Positions
In this segment, you are finding the positions to actively pursue. Here are some things you should consider:
What do I need from my next job position?
If you go into a job search with the mindset, “I just need some money.” You will easily find a new job that is a load of dog sh… You need to determine a personal standard for what positions will satisfy your specific needs. You might want to have a minimum hourly wage you’ll accept, the type(s) of work duties that interest you
What can I offer an employer?
It’s fun to imagine the perfect dream job or make demands for certain conditions. The reality is… everything comes with a price. Employers have a standard of their own, its called job qualifications. Companies are looking for candidates with certain qualities, experience, and education. If it is a highly sought after role, you better believe the qualifications will be strict and you can expect the competition to be stiff.
You can find open positions by searching online via the major job boards like Indeed, LinkedIn and Career Builder. Online you get the option to filter you search by location, type, and more. You can also check out the opportunities available through local staffing agencies. The benefit of staffing agencies is temporary positions and weekly pay. The word of mouth way of hearing about job opportunities is kind of outdated, but there are a lot of jobs that offer referral bonuses to their employees to help fill positions. So asking a friend if their job has any open positions couldn’t hurt.
Complete the Applications
When it comes to actually filling out the applications for the positions you have found, you’ll need time to specifically do just that. Some companies make it fairly simply, they ask for your personal information, previous work experiences and you are done. Other companies have a more extensive process that include assessments, personality questions, and workplace simulations.
- Set aside blocks of time to fill out applications. The length of an application can vary from 10 minutes to even an hour. Being unprepared to spend extended periods of time filling out applications can certainly kill the drive.
- Make sure you have your resume or last 3-5 years of work history and personal information handy. Depending on your situation, you may use the same resume on each application or you may alter it on a case by case basis. The process goes so much faster when you have this information ready to input instead of digging for information. It’s very annoying to have to google past employers for addresses and phone numbers.
- Follow Up! If you don’t hear anything within a reasonable time frame, I recommend reaching out to the company to ask about the status of your application. This one step could be the difference between actually getting an interview and not. I’ve landed a few interviews off this method alone.
During the interview, you will get a real feel for the company through a person in a management position. This is your opportunity to sell yourself as the best candidate for the open position.
- Do your research on the company! You don’t need to know everything, maybe a few interesting facts. Odds are you’ll be asked something along the lines of what do you know about the company or what can you bring to the company. This is an opportunity to show the interviewer how invested your interest is in the company. It also provides room for you to ask questions in relation to what the company may have to offer you.
- Three words… Practice Mock Interviews. Practice makes perfect! You could practice answering commonly asked questions out loud in a mirror or you could invite a friend to act as your interviewer. This will help you confidently answer questions and work on better body language skills.
- After the interview, be sure to ask about next steps. This helps you determine how and when you should follow up with the company regarding the interview.
After the interview is over, the job search is not. The search does not end until a job offer is secured. The most important thing after the job interview is the follow up and the continued search as a precaution.
- Follow Up! Follow Up! Follow up, when you don’t hear back from the company within the timeframe that was set by the interviewer in the interview. Things happen. Don’t assume, make the company tell you the outcome. If the outcome is not moving forward, ask why? It’s a chance improve for the next opportunity.
- You want to keep applying and interviewing for new positions as if each position is the only position. Don’t allow the repetition of the job hunt to weaken your energy. This is a numbers game, you will land a position! How many times are you willing complete the process to make it happen?
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