JOB SEARCH / JUN. 11, 2015
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Looking for a Job? These are the 5 Job Search Skills You Should Master

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Getting a job is not the hardest job in the world. As long as you know where to look, are proactively looking for one and making the right contacts along the way, you have nothing to worry about. Everything you need to succeed you have; now all that’s left to figure out is how you are going to use those resources to land your dream job.

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In order to ensure that you are maximising your chances of getting hired, here are 5 job search skills that you should master:

1. Networking

Networking is crucial to starting and building your career despite being widely underestimated. When searching for a job, what describes the importance of networking is this: “it’s who you know that counts as opposed to what you know”.

In fact, many people never had to look for a job and over the years they would frequently find jobs through the word of mouth. Friends, family and acquaintances happened to know someone from company A and they recommend them to work there and then someone who worked at Company B discovered their talent and brought them to work for their company.  

Now if you want this for you, you need to play the game according to some basic rules. The principles of effective networking are:

  • Giving a firm handshake.
  • Directing people to see your work e.g. business cards.
  • Remembering names.
  • Keeping in touch through LinkedIn and other sites.
  • Offering your help in return.

2. Talking about yourself

Talking about yourself is perhaps the most essential skill you need to develop in order to land your next job. Coming up with a few sentences explaining who you are, what do you do, what your career goals and interests are, is more than enough to provide others with the information they need to create an image around your name and get to know you better. This is what we call the ‘elevator speech’. In case you don’t have one, you need to prepare one now. If you prepare one, the next time you meet with other important professionals within your field, you will be ready to introduce yourself and express your desire to work with them.  

Talking about yourself will help you become better at promoting yourself. Not only that but it will also make you better at answering basic interview questions such as ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘What your strengths and weaknesses are’ and prepare you for other behavioural questions.

3. Blogging

While it is not necessary to be a blogger to get a job, some basic knowledge is required to make sure that you know how to use information in an electronic form and produce something out of it. Apart from being able to use social media, you will also need to show that you possess some basic computer skills that are essential to market yourself and your work. Such skills are also important to the job on the offer itself. If you take a look at an online job board, you will find that most employers now want you to be able to demonstrate these skills.

4. Conducting Research

Even though there’s nothing here that refers to writing an essay, conducting research is important to job hunting. When the right time comes, you are going to be invited to attend a job interview and when that happens you’ve got to be ready. Before you meet the big team, you’ll need to do some research on the company and get to learn as much as possible.

Hover over the social media and find their LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Learn what they are currently working on and get familiar with their plans and goals. This should give you enough information to help you prepare your interview questions and eventually ace the interview!

5. Presenting

Many employers prefer to interview candidates through a presentation delivery. They ask the candidates to prepare a brief presentation on a specific topic and share this with a panel of interviewers. If by any chance you need to do that as well, you should make sure that you are ready to succeed. Create a PowerPoint or a Prezi presentation, practice your speech in advance and prepare to amaze the interviewers with your amazing skills.

If you work on these five important job searching skills, you are much more likely to land your dream job!

See Also: 4 Steps to Creating Your Job Search Plan

Do you know of any other job-hunting skills that are regarded as essential to landing a job? Let us know in the comments section below…

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