Indeed, in today’s fiercely competitive world, getting a job (and that too your ideal one!!) is quite a daunting task. You can find hundreds of job seekers (or even more than that) running behind a single job vacancy. On top of this, the year 2020 came up with an outbreak that has affected the employment sector harshly, and the scenario of getting a worthwhile job has become more difficult for the individuals. But as they said – Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way! And it applies here also as if you are truly determined to get your dream job and following the right pathway with all your hard work & consistency, then you will surely get into it!!
Meanwhile, most of the individuals commit the same mistake while looking out for a job that they don’t do the groundwork and not follow the strategic roadmap instead they just dive into the battle of finding a job for themselves without having a relevant plan. However, they’re required to climb the ladder step-by-step and cover all the aspects whether it be of building a worthwhile resume or connecting with the industry professionals or any other to ensure success. Here, in this article, we’ll let you know about those strategies & approaches that you need to follow to get your ideal job:
1. Do Your Self-Assessment & Evaluation
The first and foremost thing you need to do to start your job hunting journey is – do your self-assessment and evaluation! You need to identify your skills, strengths, etc. and consider your academic background as well while doing the process. You may come up with several questions like – What is your area of expertise? or What are your Interests? and many more. Though, you are recommended to reach out to your mentors, family members, career counselors, etc. for some in-depth analysis. Meanwhile, this whole process will help you to determine a career path that will be relevant to your skillset and worthwhile for you.
2. Set Your Career Goals
Once you’ll get done with the self-assessment and evaluation process, now it’s time to take a step forward and set your career goals. You need to identify & shortlist all the aspects for the desired job such as industry domain, work-environment, salary, and various others. Moreover, you’re required to know about all the prerequisites such as skills, training, academic qualifications, etc. and create an action plan accordingly to get into the desired job domain. Also, this is not something only for the individuals who are in process of job hunting for the first time instead the process is also recommended to those who are looking out for a career or job change.
3. Upgrade Your Skills
Okay, after knowing what skillset your desired industry or job demands, now you’re required to learn and upgrade those skills effectively. Furthermore, apart from the core prerequisite skills, you are strongly recommended to learn additional relevant & crucial skills to get an edge over others. For example, if you’re looking out for a Software Developer job, then along with proficient coding skills, you may have some fundamental knowledge of other domains like Database Management, Artificial Intelligence, etc. (and yes soft skills as well!!). Meanwhile, you can use various offline & online platforms and other resources such as workshops, seminars, training programs, etc. to enhance your skillset.
4. Shortlist Job Profiles & Target Companies
Now, you’re required to shortlist the job profiles & the targetted companies as per your skills & requirements. The major problem with most of the individuals is that they remained unclear about the same however, you need to be more specific about the companies and job profiles while looking out for a job. It not only helps you to stay goal-oriented but also makes it easier to follow the upcoming tasks and approaches. Moreover, after shortlisting the companies, you’re also required to do some in-depth research about particular companies such as work environment, products & services, salary ad career growth, etc to grab the relevant & worthwhile opportunities.
5. Prepare An Enriching Resume
Indeed, an attractive & professional resume is the primary and must-have thing while looking out for a job. A worthwhile resume helps you to showcase your skills and learnings effectively that eventually can increase your chances of getting a job. You can use various online platforms & tools such as CV Engineer, NovoResume, etc. to create an enriching resume. Moreover, you are recommended to update your resume in a timely manner and also customize it regularly according to the job description & requirements i.e., the skills, work experience, etc. relevant to the particular job should have clearly mentioned.
6. Use Online Resources for Job Alerts
Gone are the days when you’re required to hustle a lot to know about the job opportunities. Indeed in today’s technological advanced period, you can get thousands and thousands of job alerts with a few clicks. It not only makes the job hunting process easier but also saves a lot of time and let you know about the job opportunities efficiently. There are various renowned job portals available over the web where you can easily create your profile, upload the resume, and reach out to numerous companies across the world. Moreover, you can customize the job alerts as per your requirements such as company preferences, job profiles, salary, etc.
7. Build & Grow Your Professional Network
Whether you’re looking out to get your first job or a job change, building a professional network is always a must. A strong professional network can help you to get various worthwhile job opportunities. And apart from letting you know about the job openings, you can also ask them to give some recommendation or reference of yours to the employer. Though, you need to interact with your network regularly and let them know that you’re looking for a job in a particular domain. Moreover, you can use several online platforms such as LinkedIn, Meetup, etc. and can attend conferences, seminars to grow your professional network.
8. Schedule & Prepare for the Interviews
Now, its time to dive into the battle! You’re required to schedule the interviews and prepare for it accordingly. Meanwhile, you’re strongly recommended to be punctual to attend the interview as a few minutes’ delay from your side can cost you the loss of job opportunity. Moreover, you need to consider several crucial aspects while preparing for the interviews (whether it be offline or online) such as practice several general interview questions, appropriate body language, etc. You can also practice mock interviews with your friends, family, etc. as it will help you to become more confident & comfortable during the actual interview.
9. Don’t Forget to Follow Up
Wait wait…the process has not completed yet! You’re required to do the follow-up with the recruiter after the interview. Indeed, you need to be more concerned while following up after an interview as it can uplift or downfall your chances of getting recruited at the moment. Though, you are recommended to thank the interviewer first for giving you the opportunity and time. Furthermore, you can ask about further interview rounds or other details. Moreover, if an interviewer provides you the schedule for the next round or other processes, then you must avoid reaching out to him before the given date.
So, these are the strategical approaches that you must need to follow to get your ideal job in 2020. However, the job-finding process takes some time & persistence, but if you’ll follow the above-mentioned pathway with hard work, determination & consistency then for sure you’ll get into your dream job!!