Planning for your job hunting successfully


Below are some information and steps you can consider when searching for job

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. Spend lots of time and give yourself time to make the choice.

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

After making an inventory of a number of jobs.  From these jobs, you can then choose the vacancies you want to apply for. 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 and sometimes it’s 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 properly; make a note of important information such as the company name, contact details and application deadline, as these will come in handy later on.

Step 6

Now you can start applying for the vacancies.  Commence with those with the nearest closing dates so you can get your application in 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 fits all doesn’t work.  Some standard contents like education, places you have worked in etc may not change but 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.  You can research new ones as you look at for openings in future by constantly checking on vacancies on their websites.  You may be lucky one day

Step 9

Normally within weeks of attending an interview you will be notified if you are successfully. More often than not, some organisations do not give this feedback. 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 you need as they may be too busy to do that.

Step 10

Do not give up in your search, be persistent, talk to as many people as possible. Market yourself whenever there is an opportunity to do so and look out to grabbing an opening where you never thought it was possible.  Speak eloquently wherever you find yourself and showcase your value.


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