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What does a typical job search process look like? You surf the Internet looking for vacancies, then send your resume, and wait to be invited for an interview. That is what most of us think. But the smartest know that job-search is a much trickier and complex process that involves lots of planning, assessing, researching, marketing and negotiating.

Before you actually start hunting for a job, it is a good idea to look into the statistics to know what to expect. So, did you know that:

  • The average interview lasts for about 40 minutes. Thus, a candidate has very little time to make a good and lasting impression on the interviewer.
  • By the time most professionals reach their 60s, they are reported to have lost about $500,000 by not negotiating their salary. Stats shows that over 42% of qualified workers feel awkward talking about their salary or asking for a raise.
  • 36% of employers say they expect their candidate to possess multitasking skills, 31% of them want their employees to be initiative, and 21% of employers want to hire a person who is capable of thinking creatively.
  • Out of 4 million job openings in the U.S. now, more than 80% are never advertised.
  • Men are more likely to learn about exciting job opportunities through networking, whereas women are more successful with published openings.

So, now that you know what is awaiting for you, let’s see how you can make your job search successful. Here are a few job search preparation tips you need to follow:

Recognize that Job Search Requires Different Skills than the Job Itself.

Your skills, expertise and enthusiasm might make you the best possible candidate for a particular job, but if you fail to show that when applying, you might not even end up with an interview.

Identify Your Major Professional Accomplishments.

The company you are applying to wants to know how valuable a worker you can be and how much profit you can bring them. When listing your professional accomplishments in your resume, cover letter, and during the interview focus on the specific results, provide numbers to prove that. Be prepared to tell the whole story behind each of the accomplishments.

Prepare Your “Lift Speech”.

They call it a “lift speech” for a good reason. Today many companies prefer to stress-interview their candidates to see how well and comfortable they feel under pressure. Being asked to deliver a 60-second speech about how you can create value, can clearly show who is prepared and who is not. If you know exactly what you want and how you are going to get it, people will be willing to help you.

Tailor and Polish Your Resume.

A good resume on its own cannot land you a job but it takes just one bad and poor-structured resume to eliminate any chances of getting a job. Hiring managers take huge responsibility that can cost a company thousands of dollars so they tend to be very sensitive about little details such as spelling errors on a resume.

Be on Trend in Your Industry.

Make sure you know all about the latest technologies that are applied in your industry. Do a little research to learn about what trends and jargon are used. Do you have skills that are in-demand these days? Equip yourself with as much information as you can before you face an interviewer.

Work on Your Network.

As said above, most of the jobs openings go unadvertised and there is no way you can learn about those unless you have your own network of professional contacts. Take time to map it down and you will be surprised to learn just how big your network really is.

Keep Your Job Search Focused.

You don’t want just “any” job, you probably want to land a well-paying exciting job that will align with your skills and experience. Focus on a specific job area, company or industry. Applying for a position that requires skills and abilities different from what you have, can be just a waste of time.

Once you are offered a job, it is time for negotiating your employment terms. Don’t be afraid to speak up or you can end up missing on the opportunities to get what you deserve!



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