Job Search is a job. It takes time to find another job. For the most part, you aren’t going to apply for a job today and get it tomorrow. In most cases it is a process. Consider the following steps and your search may just become a lot easier;
1. Job Search Takes Time
If you are looking for a new job, be prepared to spend 20 hours or more a week searching for a new position. If you are not currently employed, prepare to spend 40 hours or more a week searching for a new job. It is harder to find a job if you are unemployed. If you want a better job, be ready to put in the time. Schedule time each week to look for a job. Put it on your calendar. Stick to it. This is your future.
2. It will take more and more
The more money you make, the more you have to do to get that type of job or to go to the next level in your career. In other words, the higher you get on the corporate ladder, the more you have to do to continue to climb it. If you want a great job, be prepared to be the best at what you do. You will not be able to stay the same person and make more money.
3. Improve Your Skills
If you want to make more money, you need to improve your skills including Communication and Negotiation skills. What skills do you need to improve to be the best at your future job? What books can you read? What webinars or Conferences can you attend? If you Apply what you learn, you will soon find that your skills are improving.
4. Communication Skills
Communication is a critical skill in today’s job market. Are you able to articulate your ideas to someone? Are you a good listener? How are your Nonverbal Skills? If you are not sure, ask someone who is close to you? This is one skill we take for granted. Surprisingly people make faces, talk with their hands, frown, roll their eyes and don’t realize it.
5. Negotiation Skills
Negotiation skills can be a game-changer. If you don’t know how to negotiate then it is time to learn. Did you know that an HR Manager or Hiring Manager has a 20% salary range with which to negotiate with you. What this means for you is that you can always ask for 20% more than what they offer originally. They may or may not counter. If they come back with a counter offer then you still will get more than the original offer. Be armed with salary information for your field and the area where you live.
It also helps to increase your self-confidence and leadership skills. This will help you to move forward when your ego gets bruised or you make a mistake. Believe in yourself. People believe about you what you believe about yourself.
6. Get Clear on what it is you want to do
If you want a better job, get clear on what you want and why. What is it you want to do for a living? What is your ideal job? What do you want to earn and why? Do you have the required skillset? What do you need to learn? “The more you learn, the more you earn.”
Networking is a must for any job over N5,000,000 a year. Most people hate meeting new people. You have to decide do you hate your current position enough to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. A great book that will help you with Networking is Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. The Author is Keith Ferrazzi. Another great book is The 29% Solution: 52 Weekly Networking Success Strategies written by Ivan Misner.
8. Follow Up
Follow up is crucial for every position you apply for. If you really want a job you applied for or interviewed for, then you have to follow up. Whether you get the job or not, you still want the feedback. Ask questions such as what can I improve? Why wasn’t I chosen? It is important to realize that some jobs even though advertised, the employer already has plans to hire someone else. Try not to take it personal.
Finding the right job can be tough. Be prepared. Professional Development is crucial in today’s competitive job market. If you want to compete, you have to bring your A game. This includes building solid relationships, helping others and continuously working on yourself.
The bottom line is if you are serious about getting a job or getting a better job then you are going to have to work on getting better and better at what you do. Good luck!
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