Job hunting is tedious and tiring; nobody can deny that. But the only way to win at this game is to understand that if you let it get the best of you, you are going to lose. The key to being successful in your job hunt is to understand that you must see it as your chance to shine. Don’t just see it as a way to get a job, see it as your chance to have a go at being an entrepreneur.
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Just like any entrepreneur you need to organize and be faithful to your goals, and you should also make sure that you have the required resources to get you going. And just like being an entrepreneur, if you are a job seeker, you need to do your best so that you not only succeed but that you succeed as soon as possible.
These are the killer habits you should embrace if you want to be highly effective as a job hunter:
1. Have a Carefully Thought-Out Goal
It really makes no sense to start job hunting if you don’t have a goal in mind, yet so many of us do it. We sit down with our computers and we go through job board after job board. This is always ineffective because how can you get to where you want to go if you don’t know where that is.
Decide what you want to do with your life and what you hope to achieve with your career. If you are afraid because you can’t possibly know what your goals will be for the rest of your life, that’s fine. Nothing’s set in stone; you can always change your goals later on if you change your mind.
2. Have a Hit List
It’s just as important to know who you want to work for. There are thousands –if not millions- of companies out there, so you can’t just blindly start job-searching. You need to decide what is important for you in terms of employment and make a list of all the companies that fit your prerequisites. This article will help you with what you need to know about researching the companies you want to work for.
3. Make Contact
Hiring managers receive a lot of job applications for each vacancy, so it’s important to convince them from the get go that you are the droid they are looking for. A fancy resume could help with that, but hiring managers are regular people, and so long as you cover their requirements, they won’t really care about anything else on your resume.
So the key is to get their attention in more subtle ways. Don’t send your job application without knowing who you are sending it to. Do your research and find out who the person at the receiving end is and personally address your email to them. They’ll appreciate the effort, and they’ll understand that they are dealing with a person who knows what he or she wants.
4. Understand That It’s About What the Employer Want
The most important thing to remember about the job application process is that it’s never about you. The employer will appreciate your enthusiasm if you really want to work for them, but at the end of the day, it’s what you can do for them that counts.
Keep that in mind when you are writing your cover letter and during your interview. You need to convince them that they need you because of what you have to offer to them. Promote yourself as if you were a regular good old product that’s here to cover the consumer’s needs.
5. Know How to Lose
As ominous as it may sound, you have to learn how to lose, how not to get the job because chances are this is going to happen again and again. You need to fully comprehend this so that it doesn’t get you down every time you fail. In fact, you need to understand that you need to go back to the job search with more energy and enthusiasm than before.
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Job hunting is not for the faint-hearted, so remember that the most effective job hunters are those who never let go of their confidence.
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