Planning for your job hunting successfully



Step 1

First think of the role; the area you want to work in and the location you would like to find yourself in. Don’t be too narrow so you don’t rule yourself out of options and not too broad so you don’t become overwhelmed. Give yourself time to make the choice because you need to select a job that excites you.

Step 2

Make an inventory of where you want to work.  Are there local companies that fit in this or where are they located?  Do you mind relocating? Do a good search on the internet but be realistic, is that an opportunity you can find considering your background and experience.

Step 3

Make an inventory of jobs that meets your vision and excites you.  From these jobs, you can then choose the vacancies available & for which you want to apply. If this is your first job, you are going to be looking for an entry-level role.  Without experience, you will be wasting your time if you apply for a managerial role.

Step 4

Different organizations use different job titles; it is sometimes difficult to understand the level the position is from one organization to the other.  Look out for key words such as ‘Administrator’, ‘Assistant’, ‘Senior’; etc.

 Step 5

Make sure you read a job advert carefully and thoroughly.  Take note of important information such as the company name, contact details, application instructions and deadline.  These will be needed later on in your application.

Step 6

Now you can start applying for the vacancies, if you found many interesting.  Commence with those with the nearest closing dates so you can submit application on time. Keep copies of your application/CV/cover letter on file so you have something to refer to if called for an interview.  Do not throw away the vacancy announcement or any information related to the organization, you will need it for the interview.

Step 7

Tailor your application to every role and organization.  The one shoe fits all doesn’t work.  Some standard contents like educational background, previous place of work etc; may not change but your experience can be tailored to suit what an organization is looking for. Check for errors, spelling and grammar before submitting your application.

Step 8

If you are not considered by an organization because there is no vacancy, still keep the details in your records for reference.  Continue searching for vacancies on the websites of companies you are interested in, you may be lucky one day. Do not be discouraged

Step 9

Normally within weeks of attending an interview you will be notified if you are successful. More often than not, organisations do not give feedback to all applicants as they receive lots of applicants. If you want to clear your head, you could write back to check whether the vacancy has been filled or not and what your performance was.  Do not expect to be given all the information; they may not be able to do that.

Step 10

Do not give up in your search, be persistent, talk to many people. Market yourself whenever it is possible, there may be an opportunity when you least expect.  Speak eloquently wherever you find yourself and showcase your value.


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