85% of employees worldwide are dissatisfied with their workplace. Around 80% of workers are looking for a new job or at least are open to offers from other employers. The reasons for such feelings may include low salary, rocky relations with a boss or colleagues, or unbearable working conditions.
People that strive to find an ideal workplace encounter with a harsh reality. On the one hand, a limited number of companies that they find great and, on the other hand, a limited number of employers that are ready to hire them.
Legit.ng together with Jiji, free online classified that provides a platform for employers and job-seekers, compiled a to-do list to get a job that attracts you.
1. Decide on a position
The position you dream of occupying has to correspond to your natural inclinations and initial skills for this kind of job. To do this, study the vacancies that you like: find out what they expect from the candidate, what they offer. If you’re okay with everything, take this option as a sample.
2. Scan the market
When you know the position you’d like to occupy, it’s high time to examine the opportunities around you. Look through job websites or open Jiji. Visit the websites of the companies that are looking for new workers and read reviews about them as employers. This must help you weed out those with a bad reputation and compile a list of the best companies.
3. Write a resume
On how good you write your resume depends whether employers will want to invite you for a job interview. Tell them as informative as possible about your experience, knowledge, and skills. Keep your resume short and on topic. Skip all irrelevant facts from your life that can lead to unwanted questions during the interview.
4. Add a cover letter
Not having a cover letter can be harmful to your chances to make it onto the job interview. Do not believe those people acclaiming the employer doesn’t read it. Almost every employer prefers an individual approach to their company. Don't-care attitude can disqualify you and make the employer ignore your resume at all.
5. Prep for a job interview
If you do everything right, you are likely to be contacted to schedule an interview. Prepare yourself to answer obvious questions about the company ― be sure to know what the company deals with and its background. Think through your answers to the questions about your previous work, and why you left it. Get ready to cut your way through a bunch of questions about your strengths and weaknesses.
6. Ask for feedback
After you survived the interview, arm yourself with patience and wait for the verdict. No matter what is the result, make sure to ask the employer to provide feedback about your conversation. It will demonstrate your interest in the position and can put you on the list of those candidates that can fit other vacancies in the future.
Answer these questions based on Cynthia Shapiro's rules before sending out your CV:
Am I 51% qualified for this job?
According to Shapiro, “you should meet 51% of the listed qualifications.” Most employers put all possible qualifications they can want in the vacancy description. That’s why if you meet at least half of them, you’re already a good fit for that kind of job.
Did I overestimate myself in the resume?
Ensure that your resume resembles reality. It’s not difficult to verify if you held a certain position or the reason you quit the last job.
Do I know someone there?
It’s a significant advantage if somebody inside the company can recommend you. Before you send the resume, find out if there’s someone among your friends who can put in a good word for you.
Please write down in the comments which methods you used to get a dream job and which of them did the trick!