Looking for a job is no easy matter these days with five qualified job applicants for every open position. It means you need to have “job search” as a job skill — and mastery of the job search skill would be even better. But how would you get to mastery? What would you need to nail down?
It turns out, there are three keys to job search excellence.
This is pretty straightforward — but often ignored. If you don’t know or understand your skills and how you best bring those skills to the job, you will lead an unfocused job search and eventually land in a job that is a mismatch for your best work. A guarantee to unhappiness. Here’s what you need to think through:
If you don’t know yourself, you won’t have a focused job search.
We’re not dealing with want ads anymore. Most job opportunities don’t even show up in the listings for jobs. And the ones that do show up as openings get hundreds of resumes. In other words, if all you do is work the job boards, you’ll have a difficult time finding a job. What tools should you use?
Everything looks like a nail to the hammer you carry if that’s the only tool you bring to your job search.
A resume gets you the opportunity to have a phone interview. A phone interview gives you the opportunity to get to a face-to-face interview. And face-to-face interviews get you the job offer.
All of these different steps — creating the resume, doing the phone interview, face-to-face interviews — are all different sets of job search skills. You need to master all of them to give yourself the most opportunities possible from a job search.
Interviewing is the weakest link in the job search because we all do so little of it. Getting as many interviews as possible and practicing doing interviews can greatly improve our skills in this area.
The days of easily finding a job, especially one that fits best for our work, are over for the foreseeable future. That means more competition for openings, a tougher and longer time for finding work when we are looking, and a larger need to set ourselves apart in the job search process. Most people don’t do this process well. If you do, if you develop Cubicle Warrior mastery of this job skill, you’ll be in a much better position when looking for a job.
Do you have excellent job search skills or is this something for you to improve on in your work?
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