Lost your job? Here's how to get ready to get hired
A targeted job search is better than applying for anything and everything. (Shutterstock)
With the world economy, including China, showing signs of a major slowdown, a lot of companies like HP, Deutsche Bank, and Twitter to name a few have been laying off employees.
Finding a job, just after losing your current one, might prove a bit difficult, but with proper planning you could find the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here we are looking at some of the important steps you could focus on while searching for your new job.
The best thing you can do for yourself is get right into an aggressive job search campaign where you can re-direct the energies, the frustration, the emotion and the creativity that you normally channelled into your regular job.
Focus on these three points.
Clear your mind
Energize your entire being
Burn off any excess emotion or anxiety
1 Before You Leave Your Job
If by chance you haven't left your job yet, we want you to do three things. First, make sure the cell phone you are using and the account for the phone is yours and does not belong to the company you work for. Second, make sure you have a personal email account of your own. Third, make sure you copy all the phone numbers and email addresses to your own computer.
2 Get a new e-mail address
Send a mass new e-mail address alert to everyone you know far and wide. Tell them you have moved on from your older employer and to change your address in their contact lists pronto.
3 Facelift your resume
Brush up your CV so that it includes your most recent experience and presents your work history in the best possible light. Your CV is a tool to persuade employers to give you a job, so make sure it is relevant, truthful, clear and concise. If you are being made redundant, check whether your employer has arranged for help with writing your CV through access to a career advice service.
4. Polish up your skills
If you want to stand out from the competition, consider applying for courses to improve or add relevant skills.
5 Focus your job search
Use the advanced search options to focus on job listings that are a match for your interests and skills, and in a location where you want to work.
Write targeted cover letters: A covering letter would help the employers to better know what you are as many of them wouldn't go through the entire resume.
Find out what you're worth.
Get an interview outfit ready: It is very important how you present yourself at the interview and dress properly and neatly.
Practice interviewing: It gives you confidence if you have already prepared better for the interview.
Say thank you and follow up: Seeking a job involves patiently following up the progress.
Pick up the phone and schedule a networking meeting This is a good time to connect with your network.
Use social media, your college alumni network, and your professional and personal networks to help your job search. Ask your connections to let you know if they come across jobs that would be a good fit. Make a lunch date with someone who might be able to give you some advice about openings in your field.
7 Posting your profile and networking on LinkedIn
Update your LinkedIn profile, making sure all the information matches what is on your resume. Here are nice simple steps for making a better LinkedIn profile, and tips for using SEO to get your profile noticed.
Clean up your social media accounts. Your social media pages are probably going to be on the list of what shows up when you search for yourself. Be sure that all your posts are fit for the public to see. If not, clean them up and adjust your privacy settings.
8 Review your finances
Start by taking a good hard look at your finances to identify how you can cope with a lower income. draw up a budget based on all your essential bills; such as accommodation, food and utility bills, and check if you could switch suppliers or otherwise cut costs.
If your income has dropped, it is likely you will have to review your budget and spending to keep costs down. Some people are put off by the idea of budgeting, but it is simpler than it sounds - it's just a list of your incomings and outgoings, to help you work out where you can cut back.
Review Your Health Insurance Situation: Losing your job often means losing your health insurance.
People will judge you by how you look. If you can't jog, or do aerobics, then go out for a long, brisk power walk everyday.
It will make all the difference in your attitude, your mood, and your well being. It will help you get a new and better job much sooner.
10 Don't get discouraged
You are probably going to not hear back from more employers than you expected. Unfortunately, many companies don't bother to notify applicants who weren't selected.
The interview process may be much longer than you anticipated. You may be asked to interview three or four, or even more times, before a hiring decision is made. Expect this to take a while, and try not to feel down if you don't get hired right away. It's not you - the employer is looking for the candidate who is the best fit. It's better, even though it may not feel that way, not to get hired than to have a job that doesn't work out.
By Lekshmy Pradeep
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