Why Looking for a Job Should Be Your Full Time Job.
Have you ever been told that, when you're out of work, looking for a job should be your job? While it may be a cliche', it's also sound advice. Looking for a new job can be difficult, but it's an especially difficult time when you're out of work. Professional recruiters and statisticians believe that landing a new job takes a job seeker, on average, several hundred contacts. Approaching your job hunt as a full time task allows you to undertake contacting employers as a full time occupation, working eight hours per day to establish a network of contacts and applications that will increase your chances of landing the right job quickly. Imagine how many phone calls and email contacts a professional recruitment agent makes in a day to fill positions. Why would your hunt be any different? Taking the search seriously and approaching it as a full-time task will help you in a number of ways.
Firstly, no one is going to walk up to you in the street or knock on your door with the perfect job opportunity. For most people, life just doesn't work like that. It will almost certainly be down to you to go and find the opportunities and to seek out the job that suits you best. Searching to this extent takes time. A few minutes here and there looking at newspapers and job websites will not give you the depth of view you need to ensure you see all of the opportunities out there.
Even if you find the perfect opportunity, there is a lot of work required to ensure you get hired. Just submitting your resume or CV will sometimes not be enough to see you even get an interview. Job applications need to be followed up. The best method is by telephone, giving you the opportunity to speak directly with the hiring manager and make a good impression to secure that all-important interview. Following up takes time and organisation. Setting up your daily tasks to call hiring companies on just the right days will take you time, adding to the workload of finding a job.
Even if you do manage to make it into the top half of the applicant pile and get an interview, the work is still only just beginning. Time spent researching the company, their business sector and the role advertised is time well spent. The more you have found out about the company and the more time you've spent reading up on the sector, the more intelligent and relevant your discussions and questions will be at the interview.
It's not always about looking for job adverts either. Taking the time to find out what employers are located in your area and what is happening in their industry sectors can pay dividends as well. Part of your day should be spent reading about local companies and looking at the business pages in the newspapers. Opportunities will arise to contact expanding companies before you have even seen a job advert, significantly increasing your chances of getting hired right away.
The days of the 'fire-and-forget' job application are long gone. Spotting the job and submitting the application will, for most people, be only the very beginning of their activities to land the job they want. Doing the research, following up and making sure you are prepared for interviews takes time and the more time you dedicate to the job hunt, the better prepared you will be. All of the activities that a committed job hunter should be undertaking take time. Approaching the task of finding a job as a job in itself is the responsible way to go about securing your future. It enables you to be prepared and to keep in a working frame of mind, no matter how long you might have been out of work.
Article Added: 03/03/2014
Posted By: Paul Docherty