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Job Hunting Basics and Tools

We have learned a few things after working with thousands of people searching for new jobs.  We will pass along to you some of their experiences.

Five Basic Job Hunting Tips

Changing jobs is a task that requires much planning, effort and discretion.  An understanding of the time-tested job hunting tips contributes to success.

Most people change jobs at some point in their career.  Those who identify the factors that they disliked in their existing job and actively strive towards targeting job openings that match their job expectations, while at the same time adopting an employer-centric approach, stand a greater chance of landing a better job and making their job change initiative successful.

Clarity on Job Expectation
Applying for a job requies considerable time and effort, and job seekers would do well to undertake some research on whether the job suits their career expectations, and concentrate their energies only on such jobs that match their requirements.

Possible reasons for changing jobs include lack of growth in their present postion, ethical issues with their present role, dissatisfaction with work conditions, problems with their superior or colleagues, inability to make a work-life balance, or any other personal reason.  Unless the job seeker is clear on the job expectations, chances are that the same problems will continue to follow the job seeker in the new position as well.

Adopting a Employer-Centric Approach
A job hunt is a marketing exercise where the job seeker tries to sell his or her skills to an employer.  Employers making hiring decisions look at the value a candidate can add to the organization.  The resume will need to convince the employer that the candidate has the necessary skills, and also the expertise to use their skills for the benefit of the organization.

Most employers check the candidate's online presence, and it is essential that the candidate's blogs, social networking profile and forum discussions reinforce the claims made in the resume.

Honesty as a Job Hunt Strategy
Many candidates make false claims in a bid to make employers believe they have the necessary skills for the job.  Such false claims invariably stand exposed in the interview, or during the background verification which employers will perform before making a job offer.

Honesty is a trait that all employers appreciate.  While it is an acceptable practice to present facts in the most attractive way, most employers adopt a zero tolerance policy towards dishonest candidates.  Being untruthful on your resume or during an interview leaves a permanent blemish on your character. The ramifications can have an adverse impact on any future career opportunities.

Tapping the Value of Professional Networking
Cultivating friends in positions of influence and remaining active in the professional community is indispensable for a successful job hunt in many ways.

The most obvious sources for seeking jobs are job portals and newspaper classifieds.  While such sources do offer many genuine opportunities, many firms seldom advertise their best opportunities on websites or in newspapers.  They rather prefer to hire people for key positions through professional networking sources and referrals.

Maintaining an active presence in a professional organization and forums keeps the candidate updated about the latest trends and keeps the candidate's skill set sharp.

Adherence to Basic Job Hunting Considerations
Many people eager to get their job hunt strategy may overlook basic job hunt considerations.  In preparing for your job hunt strategy following the basics plays a major role in landing your next career opportunity.

Some of the basics include:

Maintaining an updated resume at all times.

Making sure your mobile phone is charged at all times to answer and make important interview-related calls.

Checking both email inbox and spam folder regularly.

Keeping track of the applications completed and making sure to follow-up.

Brushing up on basic interview skills.

Reading newspaper or current affairs website daily to remain updated on current events and happenings, as well as industry specific news.

Allowing flexibility in your schedule to accept interview calls at short notice.

Be sure to be properly dressed for the inverview.  Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

The key to a successful job search is the right combination of perseverance and flexibility. The job seeker stands a better chance of landing the right opportunity by setting reasonable expectations and waiting for a good offer, rather than take up the first available offer.