5 Things you should do while you’re looking for work

5 Things you should do while you’re looking for work

By Davis Muli

5 Things you should do while you’re looking for work

Job searching can be emotionally draining and if one doesn’t have the right attitude towards it, they can easily fall into depression. In worst cases, some job seekers opt to suicide.

However, when you’re looking for a new job, it pays to concentrate on what you can control. You can’t make the perfect opportunity appear, or influence the hiring manager’s mood when he’s reviewing resumes, or alter company policy to ensure that you receive a call back in a timely fashion. There are only a limited number of things you can do/influence.

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Here’s what you can control;

  1. Use your network

Some hiring managers already know whom they are going to hire. It is unfortunate that most resumes go to the reject pile unread. Talk to 100 people in your network rather than apply for 100 jobs. Pick up the phone, make calls and meet people.

  1. Online reputation

Majority of hiring managers go straight to google any potential candidate before they invite them for an interview. It is therefore good to ‘clean up’ your social media before you sent out job applications. Review your privacy settings and if it’s questionable, maybe leave it off the Internet.

  1. Get Help

When things don’t go as planned, we sometimes begin feeling very sad, mad, or hopeless. Job search almost always requires stamina, sometimes tons of it. If you’re feeling distraught to the point that it’s disabling you. Raise your hand and let the closest and most supportive people around you know you need help. Tell those you trust of your struggles, and if you know how they can help, be specific so they lighten your load in a way that will be meaningful.

  1. Build your portfolio by taking on unpaid work

If the job hunt has moved beyond weeks and into months and you’re able to swing it financially, taking on some volunteer work can help bolster your resume. Taking on short-term unpaid (or low-paying) gigs can give you additional experience in your chosen specialty, and can increase your chances of being the perfect candidate for your dream job.

  1. Perfect your resume

This is very key and strategic. Customize your resume for each job you apply for. Take some time to perfect your resume, CV or portfolio to adequately showcase your skills, education and experience. Write unique cover letters for each position, explaining why you want the job and how you feel you can add value to the company.


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