Whether you want to change jobs, are unemployed or are graduating soon, finding the right job is usually not an easy task. It takes time and effort to find any job, let alone finding the right job for you. Therefore, you need a plan to get you started! Here is our ultimate guide with 7 steps to getting you started in the process of finding the right job for yourself:
- Set goals
Before starting your job hunt, you need to be clear on what you want to achieve. You could start applying right away to any vacancy out there, but that probably won´t get you the right job very quickly. Hence, take some time to set your goals: what kind of job do you want to be hired for? In which industry? What type of company would you want to work for?
- Make a plan
Once you know what you want to achieve, it´s time to make a plan to get there. Make a plan of the exact steps you are going to take to find the right job for you. The following steps are a good start but you need to get into much more details for each of these so that you truly have all activities laid out there.
- Research, research, research
Do your research and study the types of jobs you want to be hired for. Check what kind of profiles are hired into these positions at the specific companies you want to work for and what working for these companies is like. Research what vacancies are open at the moment and what background current employees of that company have.
- Get your business in order
Now that you know the vacancies out there and what you need to apply to these vacancies, it´s time to get your business in order. Update your resume, write a cover letter and get references. All of these should really be customized for that company and that vacancy, don´t fall for the trap of sending your standard cover letter and curriculum, most hiring managers or recruiters won´t buy it!
- Time block
This is a life saver for when it comes to getting things done, if you are still in another job or still studying, it might be difficult to find time to apply for a job and your job search might move to the background. Don´t let that happen and block time in your calendar for when you are actually going to work on this. If it´s in your diary, it´s more likely to happen so make sure you are blocking time for the job search.
- Work with an agency
If you can´t find the right vacancies, maybe you will want to work with an agency to support you in the process. Not only does a recruitment agency usually have a large database of vacancies that might be interesting for you, they will also have the knowledge and expertise of the market and will be able to increase your chances by coaching you through the process.
- Research again
Once you have an interview planned, it´s time to research again. Find out everything there is to know about the company and be as prepared as possible for the interview. Check if you have people in your network at the company you could possibly chat with before the interview, find out what the company´s working culture is like, prepare a list of questions for the interviewer, study the company´s website into great detail…. You get the picture!
What other steps do you think can help you find the right job for yourself? We would love to read your comments!