I have decided to share a few job hunting tips and hopefully these would be helpful to you.
– Know what you want: If you asked me when I was was way younger what I wanted to be, I would have told you, “I want to be a medical doctor, a fashion designer and Miss Nigeria” Lol! I know what you are probably thinking but we are not talking about my case today. What I am saying is: you need to define what you really want to do. Identify early what industry you want work in. This is not to say you limit your thoughts, knowledge base or experience, but i think it’s important to have a focus. You know how the saying goes: ‘A Jack of all trades is a master of none’.
– Having defined what you want, research. Have basic understanding of the industry and how things work there. Find out what is needed to get in: basic qualifications or certifications. Of course, there are some things you won’t know until you are on the job, but then equip yourself with the basics. For some other industries, it may not be about exams or qualifications, it is the skill that sells. So build relevant skill sets around your area of interest.
– Have basic communication skills: A lot of times, herein lies the problems of a lot of job seekers – lack of basic communication skills. Your verbal and written English should be well-above average, especially when writing cover letters, preparing your CV, and even down to the face-to-face interview. Take care to construct your sentences correctly and speak properly.
– Your resume!: I know of a lot of people that send their details to some online resume generator to generate resumes. That may work and in fact those templates can be really good, but I would rather have you do it yourself. I know you may be inexperienced, but find out how it is done (you can even use the templates and styles from the online generator) and then build your own. When you research, you get the chance to custom-build really good and interesting resumes. Plus, you are more acquainted with your resume when you write it yourself and you are more comfortable and confident when talking about it in an interview.
Note that: Often times, your resume is the first contact/impression the intended employer has of you, so do well to make it short. Especially in really competitive industries, some recruiters do not have the luxury of time to go through every body’s application so make yours short, simple, and straight to the point. You could also play around with multimedia to come up with something eye-catching that would easily attract the recruiters.
Also, your resume should not be a one-size-fits-all kind. Always fine-tune your resume to the current needs of the organization, from your mission statement to your objective and experiences. Identify their key values and align yours with theirs; this would be more attractive to the employer than a one-size-fits-all resume.
– Be Professional in your application: Your e-mail address shouldnt be the one you had in secondary school that goes [email protected]! Open an email account with a professional name. When sending emails, Be formal inthe tone of the email body. Also it is usually better that you attach resumes/CVs in PDF format.
– Prepare adequately ahead of the interview or tests. First, you must know about the organization and build interest around it. Equip yourself with basic information about the organization and what they do. Find their website, google the company and read about them, from their history to their operations and core values. In fact read everything you can read about them. Also, prepare for the assessment tests. Trust me, those tests are not your regular college math, so you can prepare using GMAT, SHL or any of those aptitude tests. Some companies even have apps with practice questions to help you prepare for the tests, so you see, life is easy now as compared to the 80s!
– Be current: You should be aware of what is going on around you and around your industry of interest. There are a lot of job portals online that you can subscribe to so that you are instantly informed if an opportunity comes around.
– Beyond advertised job openings, there are other means of getting jobs. In fact, a great deal of jobs are not advertised at all. Do not rely on one method. Build network, have contact people in your desired industry that you can send your application through, and if you do not have these, you can physically send in your application. Just ensure your entire packaging is on point so that they are thrilled once they sight your application. Or you could search for the company’s websites, get to their career section and send them an e-mail. Even if the do not have an opening now, they would call you when they do especially if you impress them.
– Ask Questions from older people, HR experts, and people that are already in your desired industry. They have gone through the stage you are at now and would be a good position to guide you aright.
– Pay attention to your dressing: So you’ve reached the physical interview stage. Remember to dress professionally and smartly. As a lady you do not want to pass across the wrong message so dress decently when invited for tests or interviews. Remember first impression matters. Avoid loud make up, overly-noisy heels, and loud accessories. Keep it simple, neat and formal.
– Never be late: If you live in a place like Lagos, you do not want to get into traffic wahala so plan well and starting panicking on the day of your interview. Always be early – lateness has disqualified a number of people from getting hired. You don’t want to join that number.
– Look smart, walk smart, do not slouch or drag your feet. Sit up when in the waiting room and when you are talking, do not allow stress or anxiety turn your voice to a ‘bedroom voice’. Be audible and confident.
– Be observant and pay attention during the interview. Try maintaining decent eye contact, Do not be afraid to ask questions when you are not clear.
– Practice a mock interview before a mirror before you go, rehearse what you have to say and build your confidence level. You can also have someone interview you before you go and during the interview watch your body language and gestures.
– Follow-up: Do not just send in applications. Follow up, send e-mails, make phone calls. They owe you that much to tell you whether they have an opening and if you made it but please do not become a pest and start disturbing them every 48 hours and bombarding their mail box. But give reasonable time and then follow up.NYSC, Corpers
– Finally, dear ladies do not compromise. Do not use your body as a bait or as an exchange for a job. When you compromise to get a job, the battle almost never ends while on the job.
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