And now, how do I look for work? This is the question that many of us ask ourselves when we look for our first task, when for a specific situation we cease to be active in the labor market, or in cases where we want to improve our employment situation.
All part of setting goals and having a method. That is why having a few short tips can help us to plan our research. The 10 tips that can lead you to success.
1- The self-knowledge
Whether we want to look for our first job or if you are unemployed, you have to start from knowing yourself. Know your abilities, motivations, aspirations etc. Be clear about what jobs you want to opt for and that fit your profile. This will help you put an end to your job search.
2- Your CV is your tool
It is important that we update it and prepare it with time. It will be your first contact with the company. It must be clear, concise. Try to summarize on one page the information that is most relevant about you (your training, professional experience). It includes a section where you can define yourself briefly, explain the tasks that you have developed, and very important the "objectives achieved", that is to say that you have achieved. If you do not have experience you should look for data that can differentiate you, put the academic training and other training, the activities carried out even if they are not professional.
3- Customize your CV for each offer
Just as each of us are different companies too. Therefore, each offer values competencies and requirements, this forces us to adapt our CV, highlighting the key points that are requested at all times.
4- Make a cover letter
This letter should focus with a motivational, creative and close character. It should be a summary of the most important information. Highlight elements such as experience, elements that you want to highlight about yourself. The objective of the letter is to help you create your personal brand in your self-candidacy.
5- Know languages, a plus
The qualifications are necessary, but the market is increasingly global and the possibilities of opting for a job can limit us for not having a knowledge of languages. Some studies on the labor market indicate that languages increase employment opportunities by 19%.
6- Registration for offers
It is very important to carefully read the requirements of the offers, to see our adaptability to the demands of the job. We must be clear that we all do not know how to do everything, the fact of sending our self-nominations to offers where we do not adjust in experience, training etc. It does not help us in the job search. It is also important to be able to track the selection processes in which you are and which salary preselected candidates, inform yourself, contact the company ... your attitude demonstrates the interest in the offer.
7- Look for information about companies
This element is important when choosing a job, or going to a selection interview. We must know who will be the one who can hire us, you can have a first image of the company. Get informed or online or by possible acquaintances that you have or have had a relationship with this company.
8- Learn to manage the job search online
Internet is currently the main source of work information. It is here that companies publish their demands. We have to create our "identity 2.0", that is, to make ourselves visible in professional networks. We must learn to create and manage our LinkedIn profiles, Twitter etc. Companies access the social profiles of candidates to get more information about the person they want to hire.
9- Use the "networking"
This aspect is important to be informed of possible offers that are not published or how the sector where we want to work moves. We must expand our circle of contacts, to inform them that we are looking for work or that you are open to new professional projects. We can do it through courses, conferences, going to fairs of interest or also being active in social networks.
10- Prepare your interviews
The interview becomes the best opportunity to be hired. The objective of the interview is for the interviewer to think that you are the best candidate for the place. Therefore, avoid improvising. Analyze at least the three strengths and weaknesses. There are typical questions that you can prepare such as: why do you want to work with us? What would you contribute to the company? o Why do we have to select to make you? We can always prepare them by applying naturalness. Remember to take care of your nonverbal language and your image. And finally trust you and your abilities to be able to convey security.
Finally, a reflection
Each situation is different, and you have been able to use or are using any of these tips, but think that in every job search process a key factor is tolerance to frustration, which helps us to adapt to changes. And like everything we want, it requires an effort remember, "The results you get will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply." Denis Waitley