It should be understood that a job search will take some time to complete. From the initial application to the job offer it can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months depending on your stage in your career. As you can imagine, people with executive positions of importance take a longer to hire. In order to make sure the job search is time spent wisely, we provide you with some secrets for a successful job search.
1. Approach your job search with a “give first” attitude
If your attitude is genuinely one of planning to “give” to another company, you will better your chances of finding work faster. The reality is that so many people carry themselves with the attitude, “Here I am! Here is what I do! Here is what I expect in return!”
They should be conducting themselves during a job search with the attitude, “There you are. How may I be of service to you now? How about in the future?”
Ironically, we are so well-connected today that it affects a person’s ability to trust everything that they read. And that applies to resumes, too. So, one way to earn trust as a job candidate is to give first, unselfishly. It could be something small like a referral or business advice. But in doing so, you are making a connection that can one day get you hired.
2. Cash in on your first impressions
When you know you are about to meet or talk to someone for the first time about a job, never waste a chance to make a first impression. First impressions with complete strangers are usually everlasting.
If you make a powerful first impression on a person or a group of people, it will take a great deal of screwing up to override their initial first impression of you. And people, in general, do not go through the effort of making great impressions just to completely destroy them.
However, if you make a bad impression people do not usually stick around to find out if things will get better someday. So, make your first impression a great one. Do everything in your power to impress on the first meeting you have with someone.
3. Decide on and know what you want
Going into a job search hoping to find out what you want to do will lead to a lengthy job search filled with rejection. Companies hire people who know what they want. They never hire people who need saving from a lack of motivation and inspiration.
Applying for jobs online to discover what you want is a mistake, too. Filling out applications takes time and when companies ask you, “Why do you want to work here?” the last thing you should answer with is, “I need a job.”
Decide on what you want to do. Research it. Chase it down. Then, analyze if it is for you or not. Sometimes you will never know until the actual job interview. But you have to take action because you can never see beyond choices you have not made, yet. If you end up hating what you do, find something else to do. Life is short. It is meant to be lived.
4. Research the company until you know it backward and forwards
One way to find out if a job or company is for you: Research the company! This prepares you for future job interviews at the company. It gives you something to talk about. It gives you information on problems you may want to solve one day at the company. Most importantly, you can talk about the company and how you think you can help it.
Going after jobs merely for the job title is a good way to end up in companies you dislike. Surprisingly, many job candidates take jobs at companies, end up finding out it is not what they expected, but then expect the company to change to fit what they want.
Meanwhile, if these people had just researched the company they would have known exactly what they were getting themselves into. It is healthy to want to work in a company and then desire to improve it. But expecting companies to change because you know now how it really works...and you never did the research and probably were not a good hire to begin with...that is just unrealistic.
5. Rely more on people than online job applications
Job applications online are not everything but sometimes they are required just to get your name in recruiter’s database. Filling them out and going about your day rarely leads to success.
Alongside online job applications, a person should be networking with people at the company and trying to find out who posted the job. People should be connecting with people in order to get jobs. Online job applications are just a way of adding your name to databases and showing interest in a job. By no means are they “all you need”.