A job is mostly described as an activity we do to support our lives. Many people go to work out of necessity. But what if going to work is the activity you choose to do day in and day out, because you love it? What if you handle important issues at your job, and feel you learn new things all the time? Wouldn’t it be great to work at a company that appreciates your talent, and encourages you to grow and advance your career?
In this article, Yael Rotker, Talent Acquisition team leader for IBM Israel shares key tips to help transform your job search process and help you find the job that helps you do work that matters.
By Yael Rotker
Define your expectations
When you are searching for a new job opportunity, often you look for a job role that will promote you. You usually write your resume in details of previous roles you had, and desired next role. You might choose a higher seniority role, or one that includes more responsibilities than you currently have. If you follow this path, you will probably find a job you are content with. But ask yourself, is this your dream job? Does this company invest in its employees? Is it a place where you can learn from others, and share your expertise? Are you here as a jumping step towards another role at another company? Or, are you here to engage in a versatile career?
How could you search for your dream job? And how you should prepare for it? Well, it starts at the beginning….
Learn yourself! It is so obvious you should update your resume, but more important is for you to update your perception about yourself. What were your good experiences from previous job roles you had? What didn’t you like on your previous jobs? What do you think will make you a better thinker, innovator and beneficial to your team work skills? Focus on the things that make you enjoy what you do, because when we like what we do, we do it better!
Create a Resume that Shows What You Are Good At
In creating your resume, describe your skills & previous job roles, make sure to include the tasks you liked more, and highlight your contribution to the company/job goals. You are most successful when you are at your best, and this comes by doing what you love. Keep that in mind while working on your resume.
Find a Job That Could Support Your Passion
Next step, apply to open jobs, and try to aim for companies that invest in their employees. Instead of applying for the “natural next step”, consider applying to a wide range of positions, even ones that doesn’t seem to be the career progression for you, but has some interesting requirements, such as the tasks you love most.
Think, Prepare, Rehearse
When preparing for an interview, think about the value you can bring to an organization. Don’t be arrogant, but admit to yourself you are worthwhile. Think about your experience, and the best way for you to present it, and show your strengths. Also, consider sharing some of your experiences where you didn’t do very well. That happens to all of us, and it doesn’t mean you fail the interview if you share it. Bear in mind to include the reason you didn’t succeed, and what you’ve learnt from it. Show you took responsibility for your actions, and improved yourself in the process. Find out what you are looking for in your next job, and think of examples from your experience that could demonstrate you are capable to perform such a role.
Prepare! It is okay to ask your possible future employer what to expect on the interview, and how you can prepare for it. It shows you are serious and engaged. In case a technical test or logical questions are involved, search for online forums, former candidates often share their experiences, and try to study as best you can. Find someone you trust and rehearse! It’s better if this friend is in the same profession as you are, who is familiar and has experienced similar interviews. Do role play, and let your friend interview you. Give them the job description and practice.
Remember both you and your interviewer have the same goal. You both want the interview to go well because you want the job, and they want to hire someone for the role. It’s obvious they are questioning you, but you can also question them. The two of you are checking each other, if the job fits, both professionally and personally. Try to ask questions of the work environment, employee collaboration, and other issues you NOW know will make you happy at your job, thus, make you most productive and successful. Be sure to feel the atmosphere, look for a team that care about it’s members.
Don’t be afraid. Even if you don’t get the job, it’s ok. That means it wasn’t the right job for you. The right job will present itself in time, you need to be patient, and always active on your job search, trying various possible opportunities.
Be open, be agile and be confident. Your dream job is just around the corner, and now you know how to get it!
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