Do's And Don'ts For Job Hunters

By First Posted: Apr 20, 2010 Tue 11:31 PM Updated: Jul 22, 2014 Tue 9:55 PM
Do's And Don'ts For Job Hunters
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A successful job search is not a matter of luck or chance. Job seekers do not get lucky. Looking for a new job is a lot of hard work, and the payoffs usually take time to appear. Yet, some people seem to sail from one job to another, with no seeming difficulty. How do these people repeat their success at job hunting over and over? The only way to find the best jobs quickly is to work hard and work smart. There are a few golden rules that every job seeker must know. Knowing these do's and don'ts helps in getting search results quickly.

Do's & Don'ts For Job Seekers

Find Your Calling: The first and most important step in the process of finding the best suited job for you is to find your true calling. When looking for a position, look for a career and not a job. Try to find out what excites you most and what you are good at. Somewhere in between lies the job best suited to your personality.

Search Criteria: The next step is to determine the search criteria for your job search. Are you tied to a fixed location or are you open to relocation? Are you tied to a particular industry or can you move across industries? What is the level of the position you are looking for?

Email Best Companies: Depending on the first two steps, find out the best companies to work for in your chosen locations. Research these companies online and try to learn about their cultures, HR policies, current manpower needs etc. Now all you need to do is send out emails with your resume to the HR managers of all these companies. Yes, an email viral campaign for YOU!

Network: The most important and the most fruitful part of job hunting is networking. Try to constantly build a network of friends and professional acquaintances. When looking for a job, send out your resume to everyone.

Job Fairs: Recruitment industry often organises job fairs, espec ially for the IT/ITEs segement. If you are serious about finding a job, you should make sure that you are seen and noticed at job fairs.

Don't Arrive Late: Once you get an interview call, make sure you arrive well in time so that you can keep yourself calm and collected.

Don't Be Sloppy: Dress for success at the interviews. You must appear well groomed and smart. The way you carry yourself should exhibit poise and confidence. Don't Forget: If you do not hear from a prospective employer within the time mentioned at the interview, don't forget to follow up yourself. Make a call and try to find out what went wrong.

Don't Give Up: There are many factors that decide the fate of a job interview. For all you know, you might be the best suited for the role even though someone else is selected. So don't despair or lose hope. Keep going!

Don't Be Shy: When you are looking for a job, you are essentially marketing yourself. How can a salesperson afford to be shy? So chuck the modesty and go all out to find yourself the BEST job. Good Luck!

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