Optimizing Your Job Search Process - Special Job
Feb 16 2013
Do you know people who could not find a job for a long time?
Why does the job search process sometimes take so long? There are many reasons.
Provide information about yourself to the greatest number of employers, and boost your chances
of finding a job successfully.
One of the most common is insufficient search intensity. So increase that intensity: provide information about yourself
to the greatest number of employers, and boost your chances of finding a job successfully. Most job searchers view the
employment ads and send resumes to those employers that appear to be most suitable. This approach seems correct.But
responding to "appropriate" ads is not enough.
Let’s say the job requires more experience than the candidate has. Or perhaps there is a requirement that the job
searcher doesn’t quite meet. He or she decides not to send a resume to that company.
That is, in the job search process, people see ads and decide to send a resume or not. In other words, they
select the "right" ads to answer. And, if this selection is strict enough, there are few job offers to which
candidates can respond—only a few resumes go out the door.
You should soften these criteria for selecting the "right" jobs in the job search process and send your resume,
even if your professional experience and knowledge do not meet one hundred percent the requirements of the
It is quite possible that your inherent professional qualities (education, skills, experience) are such strong assets
in your favor that the employer will agree to your gaining any knowledge or skill set you are missing while you work
at the new location.
Or the other contenders for this position could be less suitable than you, and you will be invited for an interview
despite the fact that you do not completely match the preannounced requirements of the employer.
But, if you follow an overly strict selection when deciding about the "right" jobs to apply to, you might not send
a resume to a company that might consider hiring you, so that employer will never know about you and your
willingness to work—and, most important, will not have a chance to weigh your candidacy.
These scenarios are only a few of the potential results of having a job search strategy that is too narrow and
lacking in intensity.
How else can you increase the intensity of your job search?
Where else you can find your future employer?
Formulate a list of professional fields and types of relevant companies.
It is important to formulate a list of professional fields and types of companies where, with your experience,
knowledge, and skills, you can find employment.
Sometimes, it's worth getting professional advice. This guidance can greatly increase the chances of a successful
job search by enlarging the number of jobs that are potentially suitable for you. For example, a vacancy for an
economist can be in a bank, at an insurance brokerage, or in an investment business.
Create lists of businesses of every type and contact their HR departments.
Each professional area is a set of enterprises.
In addition to viewing the vacancies advertised, you can take more proactive steps. For example, it is very effective
and useful to create lists of businesses of every type and contact their HR departments, offering your candidacy.
This active approach opens up many additional options for a job search, greatly increases the search intensity, and,
often, brings about its successful outcome.
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