Chicken Soup for Job Seekers
By: Madhurima Sil
Do you want to change your job but don't know the right way to go
about it? Are you vacillating between waiting for your dream job or
accepting the first one that comes your way? Or are you a fresher falling
in line with what your parents wish you to be rather than what you wish to
be? If this is the kind of situation you find yourself in, then the next
few minutes will help you get a clearer picture. Here is our bowl of
chicken soup for the job seeker's soul. Read on.
Searching for a job today is almost a job in itself because you are
spending so much of your time and effort on it. Enthusiasm, excitement,
anxiety, frustration and depression-all these are phases one encounters
during a job search. The key point is to take this phase positively and
persevere till you get that pot of gold at the end of your job search
rainbow- your dream job. In today's cut-throat working environment, looking
for a job is not just about working hard but about working Smart.
So to stay ahead of the herd, here are a few tips from the team of
Naukri.com, India's No.1 Job portal,
1) Set your priorities right Don't take a decision by simply imitating
your friends, batch mates or depending on word of mouth. Be aware of what
is really important to you and what is not, because once your priorities
are set, things will automatically start falling into their place.
2) Resume writing Employers are busy people and they hardly spend more
than 30-45 seconds on a resume when they have 500 more to scan through.
They are not interested in your entire history as they just want to know
what you are best at. So, make your resume to the point and clearly
showcase your key skills. In fact some recruiters prefer only single page
Try out the Resume Services provided by our counselors at Naukri.com.
3) Self-marketing is the key When you are applying for jobs you are
actually selling yourself. So, sound confident, positive and persuasive
during an interview, but DO NOT exaggerate about your accomplishments.
4) Knowledge of your field It is very important to know your field
thoroughly. Brush up your knowledge on the who's who of the field, current
trends, the competition, the dos and the don'ts and so on. Keep yourself
abreast with the latest developments by keeping your eyes and ears open.
5) Tools of Job search You could begin your job search by scanning
newspaper classifieds, talking to job consultants and logging on to premier
job websites. Be regular in your search, spend ample time on it and
follow-up with the companies where you have applied.
For an internet job search and for Jobs in India you can log on to
http://www.naukri.com and check out the vacancies available in your field
6) Networking It pays to know people in high places. Or in a job seeker's
world "people in the right place". Networking is an important tool that can
help you immensely during the job search. Track friends or contacts in the
organization you want to be in, talk to them, and they might be able to
open new doors for your dream job.
7) Have patience 'Patience is a virtue'. Being desperate and anxious does
not help much, rather it may spoil your job search. If it's your first step
towards your career then think before taking each step. Don't feel inferior
just because you are a fresher, after all you will be spending time, energy
and intelligence on the firm that will hire you. Don't forget the fact that
other employees cannot match the energy level of a fresher.
If you are already working somewhere then don't leave the job just because
you are not happy. You're marketable because you are already working with a
firm and have added work experience and value to your resume. So, wait for
Naukri.com is an Indian career website that serves as an employment
exchange forum for employers, placement agencies and job seekers. Started
by Info Edge (India) Pvt. Ltd., Naukri.com went commercial in October 1997
and since then it has served more than 25000 companies for recruitments
through its database.
The traffic growth on this website is 20-25 percent every quarter and it is
today, the Number 1 Job Portal on traffic rank as per Alexa. So far it has
a database of 4.5 million resumes and gets 8500-10000 registrations daily.
For more information log on to http://www.naukri.com
-By Madhurima Sil, Executive Marketing (Content), Naukri.com