People hate searching for jobs. Here’s why:
– The stress of applying for a job and doing test assignments without guarantees the time is not wasted
– Fear of becoming a misfit in the new team
– No confidence you’ll manage workload and pass a probation
Reasons may be different. But they are common for everyone, whether you are an engineer, searching for a position in a software development firm, or a blogger creating texts for fashion companies.
Yet, a clear plan and some working tips may transform a horror scenario into an adventure.
In this article, we’ll share some advice on conducting a job search effectively and with little pain.
Hired? Perfect time to search for a new job!
We’ll start with the best-ever existing scenario of the job search – be prepared to shine at any stage of your career. The main point is to make every career step your personal merit and let people learn about it. Here’s what you can do:
– Update your LinkedIn
– Build a personal brand page on social
– Keep personal track of your achievements
Example: you create a tool to automate your tasks. In this way, you increase your team’s effectiveness. But these are general terms. Translate them into countable deliverables, like: “Created an instrument that allowed to cut the duration of the project by two weeks.”
Sounds great? Make a list of such achievements. Break them into categories. Save pics and docs proving them. That will be an excellent basis for your future CV.
Build a network. Let people know you
Investing time and effort into a network pays off. Here’s what you get:
– More chances to learn about a new position
– Referral opportunities
– Insider tips
Ways to build a network are vast. Visit events – conferences, webinars, IT events, parties, etc. When you meet a new person, connect with them on social media. Exchange e-mails.
Note: don’t make new contacts for the sake of contacts. Befriend people with whom you share professional interests and can have a valuable and exciting talk to remember. Make sure a contact wants to continue the conversation next time.
Having a network is a great benefit because you can start searching for a new job by simply asking acquaintances. The more comprehensive the network, the better the chances.
Yet, if you don’t have any contacts in the companies in interest, no trouble. You can move forward to learn more about prospective job places.
Explore job places
Your job search may go two ways: send your CVs to all companies with open positions or research. Since all of us are mastermind specialists of the first route, let’s talk about the second.
Potentially, this way you:
– Make sure you will like the company
– Are better prepared for a job interview
– Have an idea about competitor conditions
– Compare salary offerings
– Get a chance to spot red flags
To explore the potential job places, start with the company’s social media and website. It’s great to learn who’ll be your immediate manager to become an integral part of a dedicated development team. Many teams share this info online.
When you learn about the company and your future team, you’ll impress an interviewer by demonstrating you are literate in the company’s life and passionate about working for them.
Prepare a resume
Your career path may be versatile, and so should your resume. Reject a one-fit-all idea. Tune your resume with relevant practice, experience, and skills that immediately fit your new employer’s demands. More tips:
– Present quality and quantity displays of your former achievement
– Ashira Prossak from Forbes also recommends including details on not just what you did in the previous place but also how you did it
– If possible, add statistics.
Pay attention to your transferrable skills too. Here are the most critical transferrable skills to include in your resume, according to top industry resources:
Forbes: multitasking (being organized, establishing priorities, managing your time) “is one of the most desirable skills of the modern era.”
Indeed: initiative (self-motivation, focus on achievement, process improvement, goal setting) “is a skill that’s impressive regardless of the industry you’re in.”
Coursera: “programmer with the ability to work in a team is likely more valuable than a programmer who doesn’t code well with others.” – communication skill set (facilitating group discussions, interviewing, listening, negotiating, public speaking) will be a great addition to your resume.
Appropriately displayed transferrable skills, maybe as necessary in your resume or CV as your complex skill set.
To sum up
Don’t forget that “Job searching for a dream job is a full-time job on its own.”- Austin Belcak, the founder of Cultivated Culture.
Austin learned this truth after sending about 200 applications and receiving only one robot-generated rejection. After, he started doing things smarter: he researched the companies, targeted people involved in the hiring process, built a network and got rewarded for his time and effort. Don’t be afraid to do the same.
Author’s bio: Anastasiia Lastovetska is a technology writer at MLSDev, a software development company that builds web & mobile app solutions from scratch. She researches the area of technology to create great content about app development, UX/UI design, tech & business consulting.