Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Improve Your Job Search Performance


In Muovo's previous blog post, we have discussed mistakes that you might be making and which might be hindering your job hunting success (See '6 Mistakes To Avoid When Seeking A New Job'). If you want to enhance the performance of your job search, and therefore, its success, follow these 4 tips offered by Mashable.com.

1. The Early Bird Catches the Worm.
The sooner you get your job application in, the better are the chances of you having your resume seen. However, if you tend to hesitate and ponder upon sending or replying to a job listing, you are likely to lose your shot at being considered. Stay up-to-date on new listings as they arise.

2. Get a Jump-Start.
Even better than being one of the first to apply for an open position - seek a job post before it is posted. Research the companies you are interested in working for and try to envisage any future posts. Interact with the company on LinkedIn or other social media. Join the same local trade organisations the company attends and find out where their staff members might be speaking publicly. Consider volunteering at events the company may be involved with to start to acquaint yourself with both the staff and the company culture.

3. Tailor Your Information.
Narrowed down that job post listing to those that best suit you. Hence make sure you customise your resume and cover letter for each position you apply for. Though you should try to be one of the first to apply, don't be in such a rush that you neglect to list those skills that will match the job and the company's requirements. Not showing that you are a fit candidate is likely to end your chances of being considered.

4. Follow Up.
Always try to send a follow-up email if you do not get a response within a couple of days. In other words, confirm that the interviewer received your information and in the meantime, take this opportunity to repeat why you think you are a suitable candidate for the job. Once you have landed the interview, always make sure that you follow up with your interviewers through a thank-you note, again expressing your interest in the company and thejob.

Re-evaluate your job search if you feel that it has come to a standstill. There might just be a few things that you are not doing right!

If you have any suggestions or queries, kindly leave us a message below. Best wishes!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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