How to get a great job? You may no longer need to ponder over it time and again if you could follow the steps herein.
You may be one of those many job aspirants who are looking for their first job, next great job or next big pay? Did you ever check yourself as to what has been your approach in reaching your big goal? Are you still following those traditional approaches of making resume, placing it in job sites or submitting it to a HR consultant? Then you are unlikely to get into your desired slot unless you predominantly have a strong profile.
Then what else you should do? The one common element for job success or professional success or success of any nature would always lie in the approach that is different, unique and in vogue with the trends related. Similarly a job aspirant should review his job search methods with respect to rightly profiling his credentials, aptly pitching for a position and ably reaching the target employers.
(1) Your resume should serve as a case study:
Your resume should not just list out your academics and experience. It should at a glance tell the reader as to what you can do in the aspired job and how your credentials shall help you / them in the direction. Construct your resume like a case study that present the benefit of hiring you and getting return on investment. Let me explain this with an example.
You must have read some case studies earlier. A case study generally would talk about:
(i) A problem and its causes
(ii) Ways and means to resolve the problem
(iii) Approach and processes applied to resolve the problem; and
(iv) Benefits achieved before and after the applied processes.
In the same vein you should be able to present your resume detailing:
(i) Job position aspired for and your understanding of the job functions
(ii) Your suitability to the job position w.r.t. your academics, sectorial experience, expertise, and your personal traits
(iii) Value additions that you can offer owing to peripheral knowledge or additional skills that you possess
(iv) Benefit of employing you for the position
You may detail the above as a separate sheet attached to your resume. Before you do this you should be able to explore the project nature, functional requirement and aspirations of the employer in question. You can take the help of your consultant or go for digital research or even talk to the HR personnel in the organization who sought for your resume or discuss with an existing employee of the company.
(2) Create digital profile:
The days of carrying paper based resume are no more a right practice. Go and do a digital profile of yours. It can be in the form of a blog which doesn’t cost you a pie. Name the blog preferably combining your first name and last name. You may also name your blog with your officially known name. Populate the blog with:
(i) A brief about you
(ii) Your interests
(iii) Your achievements
(iv) Your strengths
(v) Your resume without DOB and Address
(vi) Your social media identities
(vii) Your writings
Once you create your blog with the above details, periodically keep writing blog posts covering your area of expertise, your experiences or your perceived solutions to common problems in your profession. The blog posts that you write this way would help your prospective employer as a case study of what you can do and how you can do and professionally what you are? This is the best source for you to present your total personality in the positive best way. The advantage here is that you are never in the tense of an interview or similar compulsions. You can do enough research and come out with best of your writings. Besides being a supporting credential for your resume this will also help you create your personal brand.
(3) Create Social Media identity:
You may already be having your account with Facebook or other social media channels. If not you should create following identities.
Facebook profile: Make this profile more of a professional in nature. Don’t let it reflect much of your personal side like your weaknesses, your not much productive avocations, or casual and damaging scribbling on Facebook wall. Link your blog / your resume to this account. Invite your professional circle to like you on Facebook. Engage in constructive interactions.
LinkedIn profile: Similar to Facebook make this truly constructive. Join LinkedIn professional groups related to your area of expertise. Converse actively on important topics. Create questions and seek reactions of group members. This is the best platform for you to showcase your expertise, enhance your thinking process; engage with expert professionals whose inputs could be of much help to you. This process again will enhance your professional side and will give the best of impression to your prospective employer.
Twitter profile: This is a strong source for you to get yourself updated with every minute trend in your area of interest. How? You just follow the organizations, experts, or professionals related to your area. To be precise, you follow the Twitter handles of your prospective or target employers. You will be able to proactively gather information about the organization. You may be able to connect with the senior management or senior executives of the organization. You can engage in professional chat with experts across the globe.
Google profile: You must be already owning a Gmail ID. Create Google profile with the same ID preferably the one used in your resume. Post some good photos. Submit posts. Create circles inviting your professional circles. Link Google profile with your blog. Place your Google profile badge in your blog.
Announce your digital profile to everyone. Let them take a look at. Ask people to subscribe to your blog feeds.
Now you don’t need to wonder as to how to get a great job? You make a constructive six month effort as detailed above. I am sure you will be the most sought after professional from among thousands in your area of expertise. Enjoy blogging. Achieve your professional goals.
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