There are tons of articles, videos, books and other resources that try to answer one question, how to find a job? Where there is no secret recipe for landing the right job at the right time, there are general themes that JobsInGTA.com tried to extract and share with you. The job search has several stages, and every stage has its considerations as we will explain later. However, there are general rules that apply to all job search stages:
- Don’t set your expectations so high to the degree that detaches you from the reality of the job market you are in.
- Nothing is set in stone, you can always change your approach if it is not working.
- Be open to passing opportunities, and you might consider a job that is not your dream job because it might lead to your next big opportunities and of course, it will pay the bills.
Now, let’s talk about the different stages of the job search process, what to expect and what to do.
STAGE (1): PREPARATION
In this stage, you are not ready yet to apply for any job. You need to think thoroughly and assess your situation. List the different factors that will affect your employability, such as your age, your health condition, your legal status in the country you are in, and the resources available to you (you cannot apply to a job that require a car if you don’t own one).
The most critical step in this stage is writing your resume. You might seek some professional help if you find it hard to write it yourself. You might need to write several resumes and covering letters to highlight specific skills based on the type of jobs you intend to apply for. Also, you need to think of all your connections (personal and professional) and connect with them and find out if they agree to be your reference whenever you need any.
One crucial step in this stage that you might neglect, your general presentation. Start to take care of your health and personal hygiene. You might also need to invest in appropriate attire to wear to interviews.
STAGE (2): JOB SEARCH
In this stage, you scan the internet and directories to compile a list of staffing companies that specialize in the field you target. The internet is a vast resource and will provide you with almost all the information you need. If you do not have access to internet connection, visit your local library, and you can access the internet from there.
Also invest some time in completing your online resume, your LinkedIn profile and all your information on digital platforms. Make it a habit of performing a job search daily and applying to at least one position.
In some areas, you might discover a company that still accept applying in person. After you write a list of those companies (in some cases you need to find the right branch or location to apply at), arrange to visit the place dressed appropriately and express your interest. Attitude is key here. You don’t want to seem desperate or depressed. The key strategy in this phase is not to stop applying.
Simultaneously with job search comes networking. Try to attend professional events in your community and build relationships. Start with the people you already know and make them aware that you are looking for a new opportunity. Remind your connections of your skills and qualifications and practice your elevator pitch.
STAGE (3) FOLLOW-UP
Choose the right time to follow-up on your application. It is recommended to wait a week before sending a follow-up email or call the employer. Don’t stop your job search or applying to new jobs while you are waiting for a response from the employers. Your job search shall end only in one case when you land a job.
In this stage, you might be invited for an interview. Prepare yourself by having a mock interview with one of your friend. Review the popular interview questions, and the internet is full of resources for you to educate yourself.
Make sure to plan for the interview and show up on time or preferably earlier. Have a copy of your resume with you and take any necessary documents (you might need to make copies of any required certifications with you).
It is highly recommended to research the company before you go to understand their work, mission and vision, and be aware of any significant news about the company.
Finally, do be nervous and try some mental exercises to maintain your composure.