What you’re not told when finding a job

02 Jul 2019

Good things come for those who wait – it’s not really what you would want to hear if you’re on the lookout for a new job. Job hunting may turn out to be a tough period, especially if it drags a bit more than expected. We’re constantly advised on what to do and what not to do in interviews. Ultimately, we’re always told to act on our dreams and take the path that leads us there. But is there anything else we can do during this stressful time?

1.    Be clear with yourself. What is it that you want to achieve? How will the job applied for help you grow? Answers to these questions are not so straightforward and require some time for thinking and reflection. Try finding a job that you will enjoy doing – one that is close to your passions. It’s all about satisfaction – you will need to feel content whilst on the job. Moreover, be sure that before applying at a company or accepting a company’s offer, you’re aware of its environment. The workplace will technically become your second home because chances are that you will spend as much time at work as you do at home.

2.    Brand yourself. We’re in a time where everything is on social media. And so should you. We’re not talking about your latest Instagram uploads, but professional social media accounts that companies may look up to get to know more about you. LinkedIn is one of the most used SM for business. Other than this, create a different and informative CV that makes you stand out from other applicants. The CV is the first thing that your potential bosses will see and it has to convince them that you’re worth a shot.  

3.    Know where to look. Follow-up on Point 2 – everything is on social media. Any vacant positions are most likely to be put first on the company’s social media; Twitter, Facebook – keep an eye out and follow the companies that you’d like to work for, that seem to fit your work style and philosophy. Get to know people who may know other people. Having contacts is always handy. There’s nothing to lose, and if you don’t believe it, check out Point 4.

4.    Sell yourself as best as you can. Companies look after their employees, but the employees brought in are the ones the company deems to be worth investing in. Take the interview as opportunity to show why you are ideal for the job and how the company will benefit by employing you. Having followed the company on its social media will let the interviewers know that you are aware of what they do and that you had not just seen an open vacancy a week before and applied. Take some time to prepare for any interviews that come up, and don’t be afraid to talk.    

5.    Take some timeout. It’s already a tough period. There’s a lot on your mind and it may be possible that your saved income is soon running out. It’s okay. Look after your physical and mental health – take this time to get to know yourself better. Go for a run, practice a sport or take up a hobby. The last thing you should be doing is stay home. Meet up with your friends, go for a coffee and wait for the next good thing to happen.