FUNDARMENTALS OF JOB SEARCH
It is the desires of everybody to get a good job of his dream. Individuals who have passed through the four walls of education have the burning desire to get a good job and settle down to the emerging responsibilities.
However this dream, in most cases is short leaved by the monster called unemployment. Every year NYSC pour out an average of 100,000 graduates into the labour market, thereby complicating the chances of one getting a job.
This monster can be tamed by mastering the fundamentals of job search. Today, an alarming number of youths hovers the lengths and breathe of our cities in search of job. Surprisingly, those employed are still searching for job. This is so either because they are underemployed or have found themselves in a wrong career part. For instance there is no way an accountant doing marketing job would not keep looking for job to practice his profession.
No matter the class you belong above, there are basically some fundamentals one must not neglect in his journey towards a good job.
These fundamentals can be grouped under three headings namely:-
- Search for Vacancies
- Applying for a job
- Attending Interview.
SEARCH FOR VACANCIES
This is the first step in job search. Prior to searching for vacancies the following raw materials must be in place.
- Academic qualification. (PhD, MBA, B .Eng, HND, NCE, SSCE etc.)
- Skills for the dream job (Strengths)
- Determination (self motivation or assurance.)
Over 1000 jobs are publish daily despite the fact that people are unemployed, these jobs will not come knocking at your door; you have to go in search of them.
Information about job listing could be obtained from Friends, Newspaper, Internet, Facebook, Town union meetings, Alumni, Churches, TV, etc.
Every job published have a basic requirement. These includes, age limit, Years of experience, Basic skills required etc. Carefully go through the requirement to see if you are qualified. If not discard and keep searching. Don't be tired of searching; if possible make it a commitment to search for jobs daily. Concentrate your job search on your qualification, field of specialisation and your basic skills. E.g. an Engineer should not go after accounting jobs.
APPLYING FOR A JOB:
The most critical and sensitive aspect of your job search is the application for a job. Good application paves way for invitation for Test/interview, while bad application hardly scaled through the huddles of screening. Most applicants today are frustrated because they take this all important fundamentals for granted.
A good application should be inviting and tantalising to the employer.
A good application if accompany with a powerful CV can give you a lead for the offer. This duo are the image bearer of the applicant, they summarises the personality and experience of the applicants.
Several CV format exist today each of the formats points to one thing, and that is advertising the applicants. Good CV should be prepared in simple, clear and brief language stating clearly your personal information, Academic qualification, Work experience, important accomplishment/Basic Skills, Training relevant to the advertised job.
As a top secret for successful application, every job must have a special CV prepared for it. Applying for ten jobs could mean having 10 CVs for the ten jobs.
Every CV submitted should be documented. This is very important as questions will be based on your CV already with the employer on the day of the interview.
It will be ridiculous if you cannot defend your CV before the employment panel
The screening/interview starts from your application letter.
Application letters must be written in clear language, straight to the point and purely formal in nature.
No matter the job being applied for, there is always a standard for a good application letter.
A good application letter is divided into three parts of between three to six paragraphs in all.
Part One: Should state the source of the vacancy.
Part Two: Should state your work experience as well as academic qualification.
Part Three: Should be the concluding part of the application. Thanking them and referring them to alternative source of information about you.
Your Application should be timely i.e. it should get to the company before the closing date.
If through an E-mail, it must be forwarded through a current and reliable e-mail address.
Please do not send Application through another person’s E-mail or ask business centre to send your Application. You may not be able to monitor the response.
However if no response do not be discouraged keep applying.
Notice for interview/Aptitude test is always forwarded to successful candidate via e-mail, phone call, manual correspondence or text messages.
- In case of Aptitude Test, you should be very prepared. If possible make enquiry from the staff to know the nature of the test. Read through every material you can lay your hands on. Current affairs, politics, mathematics, Arithmetic, Quantitative reasoning etc.
- In case of Interview, You should research the company before hand to get used with their culture as well as their products and services. Different types of interview exist namely
- Personal Interview (One on one)
- Group Interview (Many on Many)
- Panel Interview. (many on one)
- Telephone interview. ( Voice on one)
Interview is never a firing squad don’t Panic. There have been cases of people who fainted during interviews. The following key factors should be well noted when attending interviews:
- Be Prepared.
- Research the company.
- Dress appropriately to match the company culture
- Arrive 15 to 20 minutes earlier.
- Exhibit Enthusiasm
- Appear Friendly and outgoing.
- Be self confidents
- Establish your worth.
- Know your key strengths.
- Be positive about your former employer.
- Ask probing questions.
- Be frank during salary negotiation.
It is our candid advice to encourage Job seekers to come together to discuss issues and experiences they have passed through in interviews. This will serve as learning points for future interviews.
Similarly those who are fortunate enough to gain employment should share their experiences and success stories.