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Before you start job hunting

Five Things to do Before You Start Job Hunting

Do you think that when you look for a job, there’s nothing to it? You just need you, your CV, and determination, right? Hold up and let’s take a minute of reflection. 

1. Prepare yourself mentally

Before you start job hunting

Manage your expectations.

Why are you looking for a job right now? Are you a new graduate? Practice your interview questions with friends. Are you thinking of switching careers? Brace yourself for questions about your motivations. Are you at a crossroads in life? Whatever your reasons are, think about why you are applying for a job and what types of jobs you’re aiming for. Prepare yourself for interview questions dependent on your particular circumstance. Prepare yourself for “hardships” – long pavement slogs, endless interviews that may or may not result in a job offer and the purgatory of waiting for that callback. It’s better to prepare for the long-haul and find it easy-sailing than to do the opposite. 

2. Know your limitations

What are the things that would make you think twice about accepting a job? Some people balk at the thought of relocating, while others actively pursue a job abroad. Some people would run at the slightest whiff of sales in their day-to-day tasks, while others appreciate the challenge. What are you prepared to do to bag a coveted job? What would make you say no to a dream posting? You need to think about these beforehand to make sure that the job you get fits you to a T. This also ensures that you’ll be comfortable in your role and your company will not experience your early attrition.

3. Talk to people

There are several advantages that you would get in talking to people before you start job hunting. Number one is verbalizing your thoughts. An vague idea gets better execution once it’s put into words. It’s akin to baking when you need to knead the dough to come up with bread. Another advantage of talking to other people is that you mine their experiences and use it for your own good. Last but not least, you can do research by talking to people online, not just about job hunting, but finding out details for a particular industry or company.

4. Prepare a customizable cover letter

There are a lot of reasons why you should prepare a cover letter. A CV tells employers your degree and experience, but it doesn’t encapsulate who you are. A great cover letter not only showcases the clarity of your thoughts, it also lets you highlight your strengths.  Create a generic cover letter that you can customize later. Make sure that the letter fits the organization and position that you are applying for. A cover letter also shows your prospective employers that you are an applicant worth taking on.

5. Utilize your myTrueProfile page

If you’ve signed up with TrueProfile.io, you will most likely have filled up your personal information. All the information will show up on your myTrueProfile page and it’s customizable. The best thing is that you can choose to make your contact settings visible to prospective recruiters, along with your verified credentials. This will make job hunting an easy task for you, since it will be the recruiters who will look for you, instead of the other way around!

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