Your dream career starts with getting a job. In a country with 178.5 million people it is not an easy task but it is true that you can not only get a job but you could get a very good one that sets you on the path to your career goals.
For you to get a job fast, there are things you should do and others that you should avoid like a plague.
It does not matter if you are a fresh graduate applying for a job or already working and searching for a new job, there are certain rules you need to adhere to, to increase your chances of being the prime candidate for one of those latest job openings.
1. Start your search now!
In this case, delay is not cool. If you are serious about kicking off your career with a good job, the time to start searching for a job is now. If you currently have a job, don’t wait till you are unemployed and if you are an undergraduate, your final year in school or the last six months of your NYSC program is just right to begin. Talk to friends, relations, search organizations that align with your career desires and send them your applications.
2. Apply for jobs in your league
It is unreasonable to think that as a fresh graduate of Mass Communications, you apply for a Head, Business Development position that requires a 5 year minimum experience. The goal is to get called up for interviews and eventually nailing the job. So, apply for jobs that match your credentials and increase your chances.
For instance, if you are a graduate of Mass Communication from a Nigerian university, it is expected that you will apply for entry level jobs and in areas such as advertising, journalism and communications.
3. Pay attention to your CV
If you are serious about getting a job and kicking off or developing your career, you have to take your CV seriously. Your CV is what a sword is to a warrior, you can’t afford it to be bent or dull. Build your CV like it’s your only chance, make it compact, furnish it with your skills and achievements and use it to project your personal image.
Your CV should not look a novel (with too many pages) regardless of how many years of experience you have or the number of organisations you have worked with. Consider this tips you should follow while writing a CV
4. Be the qualities employers are looking out for
Because employers are in the business of building a brand, building a team that can deliver results, some recruitment processes are sometimes viewed as cumbersome. In some cases, prospective candidates are put through test and series of interviews and assessments.
In no particular order, here are the eight traits employers are really looking for.
- Comfortable confidence. Employers want to hire professionals who are comfortable with themselves
- Willingness to listen and learn
Read more here https://www.hcareers.com/article/advice-from-employers/8-traits-employers-are-really-looking-for. Also, a career training at Purpose Power & Lifestyle Design International, Lagos, will help you be the most preferred job candidate, Click Career Training to learn more.
6. Prepare for interviews
Do not be deceived, getting the kind of job that you desire and that will lead you right through the path to the top of your dream career is not a tea party. It requires hard work and proper planning. You must prepare.
Here are tips on how to prepare for an interview.
- Research the organization. This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates
- Matching your qualifications and skill-set to job requirements
- Anticipate questions and prepare responses
- Plan what to wear
- Plan what to bring
- Pay attention to non-verbal communication
- Follow up
7. Take a course, attend trainings
Even if you have a job, do not hold yourself back or let your skills stagnate. Taking an online course, signing up at a local school, or enrolling in a career training by Purpose Power & Lifestyle Design International Lagos can help expand your knowledge base and increase your marketability. Even if you don’t net an entirely new degree, you can still beef up your resume by becoming certified in a new skill.
See more opportunities to improve your marketability and expand your career here- How to get a good job and be successful in your career