Sometimes it’s not your skills that get you the job but your attitude. Don’t believe me? Well, considering that networking is the best way to get a job, attitude is more important than any other quality you possess. Part of having the right attitude to job hunt is retaining your positivity and patience. But to achieve this you need to get into the right mindset, which is something I talk about in more detail in the eBook 6 Steps to Your Next Job.
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Most jobseekers don’t understand that it might take a while before you land a job. In the meantime, you just need to believe in yourself and make the most of your chances.
To help you out, here are some secrets that will boost your job search efforts:
#1 Be Confident About What You Do
Job hunting tests your resilience and feeling of self-worth. But if you know you are good at your job, and you have what it takes to succeed, nobody can mess with you. Also, the more resumes you write and the more interviews you go to, the better you will get at dealing with employers.
#2 Offer Your Help
I have always said that volunteering is essential for every jobseeker. Volunteering teaches you so much about the world of work and prepares you for it no matter what field you want to work in. So, if you are looking for a job but you don’t have the relevant work experience, you don’t have to worry too much about it. Volunteering shows employers you are an active, hard-working individual and probably fit for the job.
#3 Keep Your Standards
Searching for a job doesn’t mean that you need to lower your standards. If you know what you are good at, let employers figure it out. No matter how difficult the situation might seem - or how desperate for money you are - you should always evaluate your options. This means that you should never settle for a job that doesn’t meet your own standards. So despite the fact employers get to decide whether they want you to work for them or not, it is also up to you.
#4 Get Personal
Blogging shows employers that you know what you are doing and that you are as digitally-aware and up to date as you can be. Also, like it or not your success pretty much depends on the popularity you have on social media. The bigger your following is, the more chances you have of people checking out what you are doing online. This is part of your personal brand.
#5 Maintain Contacts
Perhaps the most difficult part of networking is maintaining your existing connections. As your circle of contacts is getting bigger, it becomes more difficult for you to stay up to date with certain people. But then again that’s why LinkedIn is an important part of your job search, it provides an easy way to stay connected with other professionals so that you can keep up to date with industry trends and opportunities.
Now, if you want these tips to work for you, you also have to make sure you are following these rules:
- Be active
- Be present
- Know how to network
- Promote yourself
- Meet new people
Finding a job means that you need to stand out while doing what other candidates aren’t. Keep your confidence and make sure that your eyes are on the game. If you blink, you might lose the opportunity of your lifetime so make sure that you are doing everything you can to be found.
Do you know any other secrets to searching for a job? Let me know in the comments section below…