Summary:

Job hunting is not as easy as it seems. There are many factors to consider: something that interests you, that you’d like, something with good pay, in a good location. Then there’s the fear of missing out on a better opportunity because you choose the first one you could get. Worrying about getting any job is stressful. Worrying about not choosing the right job can be even more so.

7 Tips for Finding a New Job

Job hunting is not as easy as it seems. There are many factors to consider: something that interests you, that you’d like, something with good pay, in a good location. Then there’s the fear of missing out on a better opportunity because you choose the first one you could get. Worrying about getting any job is stressful. Worrying about not choosing the right job can be even more so.

Here are 7 tips that will help you along with the process of finding a new job.


1.- Know what you want

Before you go out there looking for new job opportunities, it is important you take time to analyze your strengths and weaknesses in order to understand what job might suit you best. The better you know yourself, the more likely you will find a job that provides you satisfaction. 


2.- Have a strategy

Be more efficient when looking for work by organizing your schedule. Determine how many hours per day you will set aside for job search and what days of the week are you going to dedicate to looking for work. Within your day, set time for doing research, cold calling, applying online, networking and interviewing.

3.- Research companies before applying to them.

Once you have a clearer idea of what type of job you are aiming for, it is time to start looking for it. Find an opportunity that seems to suit your needs, then start doing research on it. It is always a good idea to check to see what people have to say about a company on Glassdoor. This will give you a better understanding of the company culture, the story behind the company, and their goals for the future.

The important thing to keep in mind is that whatever job you pursue, make sure it is a fulfilling job that will allow you to grow your skills as a professional. 


4.- Customize your Resume / Cover letter

Not all the jobs are the same, and therefore not all of them require the same skill sets and experience. It is important that whenever you are thinking of applying for a position, you modify your resume and cover letter in order to make it fit the specific requirements for the role.

A good strategy is to have templates of your resume ready to be customized, keeping key sections such as education and contact information intact, but personalizing your past experiences and capabilities in order to make yourself a perfect fit for the opportunity.

5.- Expand your network 

Start interacting with people online and in-person to develop or expand your network of  professional contacts. You can start by attending seminars or social events where you can interact with people in your industry or who have a similar occupation. Even if the people you meet don’t have a direct way to help you, they might know someone who can support you in your job search or provide a lead on an opportunity.


6.- Online applications are not the only way to land a job

If your plan is to only submit online applications, you will probably be looking for a job for a long time. The competition is fierce and there is a good chance that by the time you make your submission the position will no longer be available. To avoid this, contact companies that interest you by making a “cold call”. Many positions need to be filled but don’t get posted due to oversights or busy HR/Recruiting teams. Cutting in ahead of the crowd by going straight to the head of the line sometimes pays off.


7.- Prepare for your job interviews

This is one of the most important steps when it comes to applying for a job, because it doesn’t matter if you did the right research, if you contacted the right people, or if you have the right skill sets and experience on your resume - a bad interview can stop the hiring process dead in its tracks.

A good way to prepare for your interview is to set up a “mock interview” with someone that you  trust and who is gifted at giving feedback. Ideally, this is a person who also has the same occupation as you.  

If you don’t find a job as quickly as you’d like, don’t despair. Finding a new job is an arduous process that can take a long time depending on market conditions.  

Even if you are made an offer, keep in mind that you don't have to answer only with a "yes" or a "no". In many instances you might find that you are able to negotiate some of the terms by making a counter offer. If terms are non-negotiable and the job falls short on some fronts, check to see if extra perks could be included that would make the opportunity more enticing.

There are countless books and online resources available on how to prepare for an interview, but if you feel you need more support when preparing for interviews, consider booking time with our Career Coaches. They will work closely with you to ensure that you make a memorable and impressive first impression.

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