Analyze your strengths and weaknesses
The first point is to be aware of your strengths and your weaknesses. Normally one of the typical questions of a job interview is often “tell me your strengths and weaknesses,” and if you have not thought about them previously, you may find yourself compromised and jeopardize the interview.
On the other hand when developing your curriculum , strengths and weaknesses play a fundamental role, since it is the first thing that the person looking at your curriculum will look for, and will decide whether to give you an opportunity or not.
You will think of your strengths and your weaknesses in terms of:
What is the most outstanding, or what is missing in your training, for the job you want to choose?
If you have an MBA, a bachelor’s degree, courses abroad, they are data that you will put in your curriculum, and that you will bring out in the interview. On the contrary, if you do not have training you should focus your curriculum and the interview in other aspects.
- Work experience
How much relevant experience do you have for the job post?
Do not think only in terms of technical requirements (such as programming or Microsoft Office management), think also in terms of skills (project management, leadership, work under pressure), note the most relevant aspects, since you will use them in the next step.
- Job-specific knowledge
What type of work do you have a good profile for?
This is the technical part of your strengths and weaknesses, here you have to quantify as much as possible. For example level of English, certifications of tools or achievements in your previous works are aspects that make you more attractive for the companies.
What kind of work motivates you, and what kind of work does NOT motivate you?
This is key to successfully tackling the job interview. It detects those aspects that you like most of your training or previous jobs, and that are the ones you will look for in your new jobs, as surely these jobs will be very related to your strengths and little related to your weaknesses.
You can read my article on how to find a job that you are passionate about to know what kind of work may be right for you.
Once you have done all this, make a list of possible job positions that you think you would like to achieve taking into account all these aspects.
- Make a good resume
With the information you have gathered in the previous step in terms of training and experience you are going to develop a curriculum that is capable of showing the company that you are able to solve your problems and needs, highlighting your strengths and minimizing your potential weaknesses ( such as lack of training, experience, etc.).
- Take advantage of social networks and job portals
The job search is going to be carried out more and more through social networks, such as Linkedin or Xing.
Social networks offer many more possibilities than traditional job portals when it comes to getting a job.
While in the job portals you adopt a passive attitude, sending your resume and waiting to be contacted, in social networks adopt an active attitude making you known as a professional.
In particular, Linkedin offers you the possibility of :
- Contact other professionals in order to increase your chances of getting a job.
- Follow companies to find out when they post job offers and send your resume.
On Twitter you can:
- Follow companies to be aware of how much they post job offers.
Follow other job portals.
- Make a list of companies where you would like to work
The next step once you have built your resume, and have opened your profile in social networks is to find those companies that could offer you the job of your dreams . For this you go to:
- Find out information about companies that have advertised job offers that may interest you.
- Look for potential contacts within those companies in social networks (Linkedin).
- Connect with them and send them a cover letter in order to have options of getting a job interview.
- If you send 1 mail a day to a different person, by the end of the month you will have 30 new contacts and 30 potential employment opportunities.
This is something that many people overlook. I already talked about it in my article on how to get work on the Internet without wasting time , and is that many people trust that sending a curriculum through a job portal, is enough to find employment.
Did you know that large companies only select 1% of their employees through job portals?
With this I do not want to say that you are not going to get a job, I just say that you will have to send at least 100 resumes to have a chance. How many hours are you going to lose doing this?
Instead of sending your resume through job portals, focus on contacting people who can give you a job . Focus on creating relationships through social networks such as Linkedin or events in your industry.
If you make 1 new contact each day, at the end of the year you can have 365 new job opportunities.
- Build your personal brand
Personal branding is a booming trend, and it brings you a value as a professional much greater than that you can provide any curriculum.
Among the advantages of having a personal brand we can highlight:
- Position you as an expert in a niche market.
- Send a unique message, which sets you apart from other candidates for the job.
- Move to be the demand, instead the supply. You are no longer a candidate who is looking for a job, you are a leader looking for companies.
You can start building your personal brand in social networks like Linkedin and Twitter, and you can go further by opening a blog or editing videos on youtube related to the theme in which you work.
- Refine the job search process
The last step is to integrate all the previous steps in a systematic process of job search and creation of contacts. You must perfect each step of the process :
Differentiate with your curriculum : build a curriculum that differentiates you from other candidates
Learn how to use social networks and job search portals: perfect the art of looking for work on the Internet, use your current network of contacts, expand it and generate new employment opportunities.
Building personal brand : go beyond a simple curriculum, show your knowledge and position yourself as a leader increases your chances of finding a job.
Perfect your strategy and your tactics in job interviews : learn to prepare, respond and systematize the entire process of selection of any company.
The key to all this is: “practice, practice and practice”.