Tips For Finding A Great Job
After deliberately quitting my job without having a new job in sight two years ago, I have learned all the ups and downs of the annoying but inevitable part of job hunting. Overall I applied to about 80 positions in three months and in the end nailed two jobs.
Here are my first-hand tips that actually work to find a great job.
1. Professionally written resume and cover letter
Your first contact with a possible employer is your CV and cover letter. If it is done sloppy and with a lot of grammatical and style errors, you will be eliminated by most companies right away.
I made my own CV in spite of many online templates because I wanted to make sure my style is unique and impressive. It was a combination of moderate stylistic details and professionally unified information.
After finishing your CV, send it to a few of your trusted friends to check it and give you first-hand opinion. It doesn’t hurt to receive advice or two. Sometimes it is easy to overlook simple errors and you wouldn’t want to be eliminated because of sloppiness.
2. Regular application to a broader scope of jobs
If you are serious about finding a good job, you should approach finding one with a serious commitment. I am talking about checking adds regularly (maybe not every single day because most adds are valid for at least a week, but every 2-3 days for sure). I have been checking adds every other day and the funny thing was that each time I would go through all adds, I would again find a new interesting add which, for some reason, I hadn’t noticed the first time.
The other thing about job hunt is reading through adds carefully and analyzing if the specific job would be appropriate for you according to your capacity and skills. It is not a problem to apply to a job under your level of knowledge and skills, because in time most companies provide a possibility for promotion to a more demanding type of job if they see you have the capacity. The problem is applying to a job over your qualifications. I would not recommend doing so because you will only waste your time as much as your employer’s time and in the end, things won’t turn out well.
3. Appropriate clothing and make up
Once I went to a job interview where many candidates were invited all at once and one of the candidates wore sneakers and a sweatshirt! To me, as one of the candidates, this seemed way too unprofessional and immature.
The clothing must be moderate, nothing too excessive or too simple. I prefer formal clothing with a touch of individuality like a scarf or necklace (not too shiny or big but something modest that elevates overall impression).
If you are unsure about your choice, always choose less before more.
4. Personal presentation of yourself at job interviews
The most important part of a job hunt is leaving a good impression at a job interview. Unfortunately, this tends to cause great stress and because of it, people sometimes leave a bad impression.
I managed to reduce stress by changing mindset about this event. Every time I went to a job interview, I made a lot of self-talk saying to myself that it is a normal process and that I should be myself.
I’ve seen a lot of artificial “by the book” conversations where people were reading advice on the internet and then took the same lines to answer questions. It is advisable to read and get ideas from others regarding interview questions but make sure you use your voice.
If you follow these basic tips, you will get a pass by most companies. However, I have in store some extra tips that gave me additional points and made me impress certain job interviewers a bit more.
5. Work on your intelligence
Most serious companies organize some kind of testing for candidates which are taken into consideration and it often includes various intelligence tests.
I made a bit of effort to practice with online intelligence tests whenever I had time. There are all kinds of tests and apps out there that can help you develop your brain’s level of knowledge and capabilities (and most importantly, they are fun to take). In time I noticed my IQ began to increase and once I was hired only because I had an advanced level of results comparing to other candidates! I thank it all to my everyday effort to develop my brain with these tests.
6. Add a bit of humor in the conversation
People tend to be very serious and formal, both interviewers and interviewees. I, however, have always been adding a bit of humor to my account. It has to be very carefully played, but it makes you look human and warm. A smile here and there is advisable.
If you want to get some very good ideas on how to be presentable on interviews, the book Job Interviews For Dummies is a great source of information.