As the year 2012 kicks off, the need for jobs by job seekers hasn’t fallen a bit, if any it is on the rise! Failure in finding a job so far should leave no place for depression to job seekers; some might have put it on their “New Year Resolution” list, others are still anticipating finding suitable jobs, others might be traveling to outside countries in seeking alternative options.Â In our quest to ease up this lookout for job seekers, we share with you the top 10 tips for job seekers in the year 2012..
1- Apply early for the job: As you find the job posting, the sooner you apply the higher your chance are on landing this position. This is based on a study performed by StartWire on 6,600 hires (see link here on StartWireâ€™s recent study) concluded that 50% of hires were applicants who applied within first week of job posting, and 75% were applicants who applied within first 3 weeks of job posting.
2- Improve your skills: repeating this sentence “Where would i get experience if I don’t get hired at first” won’t get you a job. Try to get certificates related to the field you’re seeking. Keep learning new technologies in your field, if you’re not learning something you’re certainly forgetting. If you are still a fresh graduate apply for an internship and start your career there. Even if for a no-salary or a low-salary, this will sharpen your skills and give you advantage over other potential job seekers. It might even make your internship company decide to keep you after all!
3- Devote 2 hours daily for your job lookout. If you don’t have a job, make finding a job .. your job! (for more tips on where you can apply for jobs, check our article How to Get Hired)
4- Follow up on your application: If the company didn’t follow up with you, follow up with them! Your enthusiasm on getting the job might actually get you the job. But don’t become a NAG. Follow up once every 1-2 weeks, or kindly ask when you should follow up again.
5- Always be prepared: always be ready to a potential interview, you might get a phone call asking for a potential pone interview on the spot. Always have your answers in mind with your key skills and accomplishments in mind (for more info on interviews, check out Get Ready for a Job Interview ) Research the company as soon as you apply (social media, company’s website…)
6- Typos…NO NO NO: your resume reflects how interested you are in landing the job. Review your resume once, twice, 3 times .. 100 times, as long as it takes! have friends review it. If you know a professional as well, have them take a look.
7- Think positively: ever read The Secret? think positively, you will get positive results. Try it! You will always get negative moments in your job search, but don’t let this get into you…Keep a high spirit and think positively .. you’ll get there.
8- Don’t apply for jobs irrelevant to you: doing so will only make some recruiter unhappy, will waste your time as well as theirs, and will get you no good. It might even negatively affect your reputation if you are applying to multiple jobs at the same organization and you might be seen as a random non-serious person.
9- Make use of social media: in fact, don’t leave any means of applying to jobs without making use of it. Recruitment agencies, job boards, linkedin, facebook groups, twitter.. (for details on using social media, check out How to Get Hired)
10- Be unique: “why should i hire you?” is a question often raised at interviews, and believe it or not this question will follow you at all the stages of your job search process; from the moment you apply to a job, when a recruiter checks out your profile on linkedin, your resume, your cover letter…So make sure you have a ready answer and you prove and show how you stand out from the crowd!