Finding a Job

Finding a job requires time, commitment and perseverance on the part of the job hunter. You must be willing to assign an appropriate amount of time to the process (which includes searching for positions, developing a CV, applying for the job and preparing and attending interviews), be committed to the methodical process of searching, application and interviewing, and persevere until you have been offered a position that suits your needs.

Finding a job is very rarely a quick and straightforward process and typically you will get the following response:

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO…YES!

It is important to remember however, that there are always job vacancies. In order to make sure that you find and fill one of these positions you need to make sure that you are using the most appropriate job hunting strategy and that you are not relying on one strategy alone. The greater the number of job searching strategies that you use, the more successful you are likely to be in finding a vacancy. However, it is important to remember that no job hunting strategy is ‘bullet-proof’. No one method works all of the time when searching for a job. The links below may help with your search.

Top Tips for Job Hunting

Networking

Networking is fundamental in any career and personal development process, in particular the job hunting process.

Did you realise that:

“…Any two people are thought to be connected by 6 random acquaintances…”

“…An email message sent from 1 computer could reach almost any other computer in the world, after being forwarded about 6 times…”

“…Only 1 job is offered and accepted for every 1470 CVs in the world of work…”

Networking is clearly important. Indeed, the most dependable and up-to-date information on jobs, opportunities and careers is not found in books nor the internet, it’s found by going to talk to people. The document in the link below will help to support you in how you go about your networking and should provide some guidance.

Networking Guidance

Extracts from, Robert Nelson Bolles (2003) What colour is your parachute
A practical manual for job hunters and career changers. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 1-58008-460-5
 

 

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