Job Hunting : Tips and Tricks

18 Jun

 “Choose a job you love,

and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
– Confucius –

Wikipedia defines job hunting as the act of looking for employment, due to unemployment or discontent with a current position. The immediate goal of job hunting is usually to obtain a job interview with an employer which may lead to getting hired. The job hunter typically first looks for job vacancies or employment opportunities. Common methods of job hunting are:

  •  finding a job through a friend or an extended business network or personal network
  • looking on a company’s web site for open jobs, typically in its
  • applicant tracking system
  • looking through the classifieds in newspapers
  • using a private or public employment agency or recruiter
  • using a job search engine
  •  going to a job fair

Job hunting is an art and there are certain tips and tricks to master this art.. Let us have a look at some of these tips.

Before starting your job search, you need to create a perfect CV, remember that CV is your first impression to any organization. So always emphasize on your strong points and hide your weaknesses. First of all, decide which sector interests you the most.. In today’s internet based world, right job is just a click away! All you have to do is just visit any company’s website then go to its careers section and easily submit your CV. Secondly; you must keep an eye on the jobs appearing in newspapers and apply via email or through post. Many companies hire their employees by conducting test or interview through universities. Always stay in touch with your university’s Directorate of Industrial Liaison. You may also keep in touch with your seniors who are currently on job and stay updated about their organization’s hiring process and test/interviews. For interview or test calls you must regularly check your mail and always keep your cell phone with you.

For the preparation of your job interview, don’t forget to:

  • Properly put all your educational documents along with your CV in a neat envelop
  • Go through all the projects, skills, abilities and other information that you have mentioned on your CV
  • Visit company profile on its website
  • Iron your cloths and polish your shoe (It’s probably one of the most overused phrases in job-hunting, but also one of the most underutilized by job-seekers: dress for success!)

Sending the right message during your job interview is extremely important for your success. Using both non-verbal and verbal communication skills is essential for you to get the job. About 50 to 60% of the message sent by you in an interview is non-verbal. Focus on your body language. You must confidently answer the interviewer and remember: Never lie during your interview! You need to effectively communicate your professionalism both verbally and nonverbally. Be familiar with the job for which you’re being interviewed. Read the advertisement or job description to identify which personal attributes and behaviors are likely to be key success factors for the role.

“Our talents are the gift that God gives us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God”

-Leo Buscaglia-

Before Graduation

  • Learn as much about your core technology as possible
  •  Try to implement the maximum amount of knowledge acquired
  • Make projects and have a strong hands-on experience before you graduate. This will help a lot in acquiring job and making a mark.
  • Share your knowledge with your class mates, batch mates and teachers. Sharing increases knowledge so never think about hiding it!
  • Use the tools and equipment available in the university to the maximum extent
  • Try to publish quality research papers, at-least one based on your Final Year Project
  • Indulge more in practical work than just reading course books.
  • Apply for internship in a company that is surely going to teach you something (in Pakistan there are quite a few, so its better to work on some project rather than wasting time or if you have enough time, try doing some project in parallel).

After Graduation

Mostly people have a perception that a fresh graduate’s first job, even at a scale of 10,000 PKR, is good. Those who think this are unwise. Once a faculty member at NEDUET, Mr. Safwan Shah, said in a seminar that: “If you’re expecting this much salary being an engineering graduate then you should better be a driver!”

“There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.”

-George Crane-

What Not to expect:

  • Don’t expect that you should get a job right away if your best friend did.
  • Don’t expect that you will get the highest paying job right away like one of your cousins or a guy in your neighborhood did. Some do, but most don’t.
  • Don’t expect that your money matters will smoothen once you get a job, they might, but usually they don’t.
  • Don’t expect that you will be treated differently from other employees, just because you are amongst the top 10 in your batch or because of any other pride that you may have, you may be treated differently, but usually you aren’t.

What to expect:

  •  Initial years always require hard work. You might want to put a year or two or three even to make your mark, to gain enough experience in an industry so that it starts paying you back.
  • The first few years, you need your company to get the training and experience, while you are replaceable. After that, the company needs you and the company can become replaceable for you.
  • Your colleagues and your managers won’t exclusively train you. Try to gain as much training from them as you can. Remember it’s your responsibility to learn, not theirs to teach you.
  •  Be strong on your principles, respect work ethics and always be in charge of yourself. If you do that, no one will be able to take advantage of you.

“Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual.”
-Homa Bahrami-

Hopefully, when you’ve finished reading this article, you won’t need to use any recruitment agency, since you’ll be fully prepared to go out and attack the job market on your own. Always remember that experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes. Trust me, you have those eyes. You just need to open them!

Best of Luck! 🙂


2 Responses to “Job Hunting : Tips and Tricks”

  1. Kavita June 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Good one! Very informative indeed!


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