It’s no surprise that tools for job seekers or recent graduates are well sought after. As fresh and young seekers, they have to face the reality of a tight job market. Gone are the days when opportunities fall into your hands: only one among tens would be chosen for a job. Success is 90% trying and 10% luck – below are the tools that can help you reach the 90% point of succeeding in finding a job.
An Essential Toolkit For Job Seekers
A job search is probably your first important task for your future career. Below are the 8 tools which we found ultimately necessary to assisting you in finding the job you want.
Take the time to assemble the right tools for job searching, and use them properly. When you do, you’ll make your job search run smoothly.
1) An Idea On Who You Are, What You Want
As a fresh graduate, you may not have a good insight on your intended field of works, which is why what you expect from a job may be different from what the reality has to offer. Either expecting too much or too little will waste your time and effort on finding the job. Therefore, write down what do you need from the job. Is it a status you’re after, or just the experience is fine?
In a job market, your value can be determined by your educational level, working experience, skill competency, among other factors. The more popular a field is, the more unique – or competent – you need to be. Based on your level according to the average applicant from your field, you can determine the position and salary you want, which is called your fair market value. There are many sites that offer an accurate determination for you, like payscale.com or salary.com. Networking is another powerful tool for people with no experience. Talking to other people in the same field will help you determine your range of competence and appropriate salary.
2) A Well-Presented Background
A well-told and compelling profile makes your personal brand and sets you apart from all other peers. It is more than “I went here, I did some work there” – it is the underlying message that can pronounce:
- Who you are
- Your working style
- Your key strengths
- Your achievements
Remember, when a company looks at you as an applicant, they don’t care about you, they care about the solutions you can bring to their business. Setting the point view with the company as the priority, not you.
3) A Clear Career Direction
With the flourishment of online job hunting boards, you can be overwhelmed with the sheer number of jobs that you can apply. Therefore, having a clear career path that you want to follow before beginning your job search will ensure you won’t waste time in applying for jobs you would never consider.
It would be also more useful to indicate what you want, and what you’re comfortable with for the job in your profile on these job boards. Websites like www.seek.com.au and www.careerone.com.au have all the tools for you to customise your profile and resume online. Once you’ve set your bars, there will be no time wasted in wondering “Is this job good enough?”, “Should I keep looking for more?”
4) Technology Literacy
We are so long past the days of sending paper resumes and going to offices for interviews. Nowadays, you can apply for jobs online through social medias such as LinkedIn or virtual job boards with digital applications and online interviews via Skype.
Online job boards are where a single job seeker can access to millions of employment opportunities. Most of the big websites, including Jora, Seek or InDeed give you the chance to know everything about the job: how big is the company, what do they expect of you, what are the requirements, the proposed salary, you can even favorite the job so that you can go back and apply later. These sites are so big that the number of members and jobs increase every time you visit. It is more advisable to access to job hunting boards online via your computer and mobile, as you have more opportunities that way.
A lot of credible websites give you the chance to find jobs based on your major, educational level, work experience, skill and location. You can set up job alerts on these sites so when there are new jobs that match your skills and criteria, they will be sent straight to your inbox.
5) An Impressive Online Presence
Any professional these day knows that he/she would be searched for on social medias. Many of these medias are focused on your personal life, while some focus on your professional profiles, most notably LinkedIn. You can just copy and paste your resume into your profile section, and get drowned in thousands of others like you, or really make an effort and turn the database into your medal showcase.
It is a subtle yet impressive method to showcase what you have achieved and making you tick. Don’t be hesitant to tell your story to an audience of millions. Make it on LinkedIn so that the person in charge would feel you are more than qualified for the job you apply for.
6) Psychometric Test Preparation
Nowadays, many companies make use of psychometric or attitude tests to screen candidates, especially during graduate recruitment programs. When you apply for big companies such as Commonwealth bank, Telstra, IBM, Accenture, BHP, ADF, it’s almost certain that you will need to sit for one of these tests. At StudentBees, we provide great resources for students to prepare for psychometric tests. You can start off with this article outlining different types of tests used by Australian companies. Secondly, read the interview we had with JobTestPrep, the leading career test preparation company, on tips to prepare for the tests. Lastly, the article about assessment centre explains all you need to know about this important phase of the interview process.
7) Your Wardrobe
An interview is where the employer looks at your face, no matter via Skype or directly. The way you look will convince the person about your story. You would want to present yourself as a professionally packaged person with a shaved face, clipped nails, cleaned shirt and crispy collars.
Use your appearance as a tool to present yourself as a person who is determined for the job and has it together. You may not like it, but people judge you a lot for your grooming habits and attire. Even when you are not really mindful of your appearance before, now is the time to make an effort and shop for a proper closet. Aim for simple silhouettes and neutral colours.
8) Mental Solidity
We have seen long and exhausting job hunts, not only because recent graduates can sometimes be quite optimistic about their abilities, but also because the job market is getting more and more crowded. Therefore, having a plan to keep your spirit strong is integral.
It is important to set your goals and schedule so that the job search won’t interfere with other matters in your life. A research shows that a full-time job seeker spends an average of 25 hours per week for searching, while a part-time job seeker devotes six hours of their week.
In the case when you lose hope (trust us, that happens a lot), there should be a list of self-care activities for you to do, like exercise, reading, dancing – anything that can keep you coming back to the fight. A talk with your good friend or career counsellor can also be nice.
For a lot of people, searching for a job can be an urgent mission. With these powerful tools for job seekers and recent graduates, which are all affordable and practical, you will be able to graduate from a hunter into a worker.
Did you have a job in the past? Did the job search cost you a lot of time and effort? Share with us in the comments!