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How To Get a Job (without quitting first).

In a time when most economies of the world are experiencing a major downturn, job-security becomes an effacing concept. With the emergence of new government policies and strategies; more firms are merging while some others are collapsing. Employees – who are usually at the receiving end -now face more work pressure, more responsibilities are being handed down and a large percentage of workers are being laid-off. Although Organisations creatively provide several means to soothe the effect of such drastic occurrences, some employees still find it difficult to adjust or bear up under such conditions and are forced to look out for better opportunities. Perhaps your challenge isn’t getting a job, but rather securing a more desirable job or choosing a career shift, here are a few tips to help in your Job-search.

–          Acquire skills in high demand: You are probably experiencing a career rut because you don’t have certain skills to push you up the career ladder. Acquire skills that can fit in almost any industry, this gives you an edge in the job market and a better chance at getting your dream job. Finance management, research, computing, interpersonal and communicating skills are archetypes of transferable skills. A great way to accrue such skills is by actively doing volunteer work with Organisations that focus on the things you are passionate about; in addition to the experience and skills acquired, a volunteer work can also earn you more referrals- gives you more advantage in your job-search.

–          Network using social media: The internet has changed many things, social media being one of its most prominent features. Online platforms like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter can be explored for networking, career advancement and job-search purposes; however, many job-seekers and employees are yet to maximize the use of social media in their career endeavour. Follow Company pages on these sites to always get relevant detailed information about such Companies and also on job-opportunities. Ensure to have an up-to-date profile on these sites stating your current role, achievements, skills, certifications etc. Your current contact information should also be available.

–          Do the cold call: Sometimes, it becomes a necessity to reach out to someone within the Organisation you intend to work with- usually the hiring manager or any top executive- to explain your interest. If you are to explore this option, be sure to have a deep understanding of the Company; some of its policies or culture components, some more relevant information about the Company or person you are reaching out to, what days are their busiest, Company history and future prospects, and you also ought to have dug out those uniquely outstanding things about yourself that match up with the role you are willing to apply for. Put a call through (not a mail) to find out if there’s any job-opening, present a well-targeted elevator pitch or describe what you can do in a very brief but interesting way, find out what kind of qualifications they look out for in specific roles, clearly indicate whether you can take a lesser job position and when you’ll be available for an interview. The key to effective cold calling is to do it less frequently but with a different approach each time.

–          Can you create new opportunities with your employers? Many individuals fail to realise that job satisfaction goes beyond the stipends or monetary benefits and find themselves resenting their jobs which affects their level of commitment and effectiveness. Larry Houston, former VP innovation Procter and Gamble (P&G) once said; “I’m an odd duck. I’ve been promoted throughout my career but nearly every job I’ve been promoted into is a job I created, I have never replaced anyone, I’ve always created new space for myself.” In the real sense of it- Companies don’t need staff, Companies need solutions. You can explore your current role by finding ways to cut cost, manage resources or people. Basically, think up new ideas to move the Organisation forward or politely ask for a more challenging role- this would mean you already have an excellent track record, your employers and co-workers must have noticed your deep interest for the Organisation long before you forward such requests. You just might be one step closer to a more fulfilling job/role.

Are you experiencing any job dissatisfaction? How do you plan to solve this problem(s)? Please share your thoughts in the section below.

Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell