It’s quite rare to come across people who got their first job soon after having applied for it. Perhaps, as a teenager, you had a neighbor in business whom you asked for a job and he hired you, but these days job searches are not so simple or so quick to come by.
Getting hired needs continued efforts. Normally, it requires facing many interviews and getting rejected at times. In the process, you keep learning and are often required to modify and widen your approach many times.
Knowing the kind of job you are looking for and how to effectively search for such jobs helps reducing stress and enables you to continue with renewed efforts and a positive approach. There are many jobs available, and you have many options too. If you continue to be patient and diligent in your efforts, it’s not difficult to get an opportunity for the right job.
It should not be difficult for you to understand that the simpler it is to apply for a job, the more difficult it becomes for you to get noticeable. Look at it this way: you may choose to send hundreds of resumes to online job boards by merely clicking on the mouse, but don’t forget thousands of others may also do the same thing. That means you’ll be required to face a tough competition. Now, that’s not a good strategy for finding jobs.
Ask your friends and relatives how they got their jobs. It may surprise you to learn that most of them got one through a known person, like a friend or friend of a friend, or on recommendation of somebody. Follow the same approach and you are on the right track for getting a job. It’s proven that networking delivers results.
Regularly devote some time to learn how to make networking better for you. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations and help wherever possible. Even after getting a job, remain active with your networking, for you can’t say when you might discover a better opportunity through your network.
You need to have a positive approach while hunting for a job, and understand that though you require a job, the likely employer has the same or greater requirements. They have a vacancy to fill, challenges to be met and clients to be taken care of. You need to convince the employer that you have the necessary qualifications and skills for solving his problems before you get hired.
There is no magical way for hunting jobs. Nothing on its own can guarantee a successful job search. A professionally written and outstanding resume alone can’t guarantee you a job, nor can your terrific performance at the time of the interview assure you success. You’ll also realize that the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get a job.
The final decision of the recruiting manager is influenced by many factors. At times, some internal politics may come to play. Perhaps the selected candidate attended the right school. Maybe the employer you worked for in some way harmed the recruiting manager or someone known to him. Or he may get a feeling the other candidate would go along better with the present team. Many times, it’s concluded that the chosen contender was more amiable and considered to be more enjoyable to work with.