Being a jobseeker can be difficult. You can spend a lot of time scouring job adverts and pretty much get nowhere. However, if you adopt a systematic approach you should find that the phone calls start to come in soon enough. It is often all about good time management. This article will look at ways you can become a more effective jobseeker (as in finding a job) through good time management and a clear focus.
1. Make Your CV Perfect
Your first job is to not waste time on creating a below-par CV. Your CV really has to stand out if it is to do the job of making an impact. When listing your job history and so on, take the time to make your responsibilities stand out, so that prospective employers are left in no doubt as regards what you will bring to the company. Also, ensure that your personal statement has an incredibly arresting first paragraph.
Making your CV stand out as part of your job search is the first step along the road of saving time. The more effective your CV, the more callbacks you will get. So you are literally wasting your time if you don’t put the effort into that document from the outset.
2. Interviews: How To Handle Them
When you arrive for those all-important interviews, avoid the mistakes that can literally cost you the job. For example, never arrive late. Apart from the fact that it makes you look bad, it will also leave you feeling rushed and underprepared. In addition, it is quite possible that employers in the field you are applying for know each other. Be late enough times during your job search and word will surely get around.
If you fail to research the company you are applying for a position with, this will be picked up immediately by the employer. It is a sign of respect to research the company and be able to offer your own insight and questions on how it is doing, and the history behind it.
While we are on interviews, make sure you dress appropriately. Some people still make a terrible mistake here. It’s not about your personality or style when you have been called to interview. People expect to see a smart person turn up to interview; because this means that they care about their appearance. This attention to detail will translate into the work that the applicant carries out. Dress sensibly, or be dismissed as a waste of time.
3. Master The Phone Interview
If you are lucky enough to have a phone interview arranged as part of the job search process (and we say that because we firmly believe that having an interview is a positive thing) then you need to ensure that you handle this in a professional and courteous manner. The person who is interviewing you should be treated fairly, and this means that you go to somewhere quiet so that you can be heard when you respond.
There are issues around phone interviews, the main one being understanding. If you don’t understand something the interviewer says (and this is quite possible) then simply ask them to repeat themselves. This is acceptable, and it shows that you care a lot about getting your responses right. The worst thing you can do is waste your time and the interviewer’s time by missing out vital information and then scuppering your chances.
Above all, as part of the phone interview, you should speak clearly. Ask the interviewer if they are able to hear you. You may be excited, and the best advice here is to reign in that excitement a little if possible. The interviewer wants to hear a calm, purposeful voice on the other end of the phone, even if they cannot see your face. At the same time, don’t overdo it. If you are too calm, you will be barely heard, so get the right pitch, and if you need to ask the listener if they can hear you, make sure that you do.
4. Research The Role
The biggest issue around time and management of the jobseeker process is the research that you personally undertake into a job. You have to be sure that a job you apply for is right for you. There are two ways of looking at this.
Firstly, you could waste valuable time by turning up for a job interview for a job that is inappropriate for your skills and plans. You won’t enjoy yourself and you won’t make an effort. You will, however, waste time.
Secondly, you could even end up in a job that you hate. This does happen. Avoid this by ensuring that any job you go for generally interests you and matches your skillset.
So there are four key tips on how to stop wasting your time (and the time of employers) when you are a jobseeker. Take these tips on board, and pretty soon you should be able to master the process of finding a job, and make every step a purposeful one.