Securing a job in our present day society has been indeed a herculean task. Unemployment rate increasing by the day than expected. The few jobs available are accompanied with rigorous competition. Hence, to capture the attention of your future employers therefore; you have to do things differently to distinguish yourself from the crowd.Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “am I the only one in this situation?” Hell NO. I am also in this.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to settle and sell yourself short. You believe that there is the perfect position for you with your name on it and that it’s all going to work out in your favor. That is great and all, but you can’t sit on your butt and expect everything to magically align.
Getting Yourself Prepared For The Job Is Much More Important Than Getting The Job.
Here are some productive things you can engage in to boost your skills, maximize your strengths, beef up your resume and prepare you adequately for the job market and life by and large.
#1 Invest in yourself by attending relevant courses and trainings:
No employer wants to employ a liability but rather an asset. To be an asset requires conscious act. Take courses and training in line with your dream job. This will give you edge over your competitors in job haunt.
#2 Network and Optimize your Circle of Influence:
It’s the time to pull out your diary and get in touch with ex-clients, ex- partners, internship supervisors and ex-colleagues and spread the word about your search for a job. Don’t stop networking, and find people who are working for the company or in that role right now. Connect with them. Ask questions. Learn more now.
Recommended: Networking Like a Pro Made Easy
#3 Start a Business:
Start up your own business. Be creative. There’s no better time to start a business than now! You no longer have papers and exams as an excuse to not give your idea a try. Look for something that will fetch you money while you wait for that dream job. That idea you always had right from time. This is the time to unleash it to the world. It’s not imperative that you become employed before you start making money.
Why not turn one of your hobbies into some cash? Whether you’re a writer, a photographer, a speaker or an artist, you have something valuable to share with a larger audience. Freelancing will increase your experience, skill, resume, income and self-confidence.
Here are some Freelancing Websites
It’s your world, rule it!
#4 Volunteer or do a Free Internship:
While waiting to land the dream job, strategic volunteering increases your chances at getting employed. Unemployed Journalist? Volunteer to a local media house. You can also offer pro bono services to NGO’s to ensure that your skills are up-to-date.
Check out Opportunity Desk for Voluntarism and Internship opportunities.
Most Companies and organizations have online presence. How about using the online platforms like Facebook and Blog to talk about your passion? Who knows, your potential employer or future client might be reading from a close distance. LinkedIn is also a great platform for networking, meeting future employers of labor and decision makers. So create a profile there, include important keywords you want to be known for, include your portfolio/skill set/education, then connect and engage human resource personnel and decision makers in organizations you want to work for.
#6 Travel and Enjoy!
When you start your career, you won’t be able to get up and go whenever you want to. Take advantage of your unique situation! Try new foods, learn fragments of a foreign language and discover more about yourself. Open your eyes to the joy that is in every season, no matter how hard it may seem.
#7 Take Care of yourself:
Job-hunting can be tiring and energy draining as long hours are invested in searching and applying for suitable positions; it’s advisable that you take some time out and focus on what you love doing. Create time to engage in your hobbies and things that interest you. Exercise is also a good way of ensuring that you stay healthy, positive and determined.
…And most importantly,
God is the surest way to having your dream job. Pray, hold on to Him and don’t stop believing in His infinit power to make things right for you.