There are so many things to consider when you are on the prowl for a great job that it can be a tad overwhelming. Here are some tips that can help you shorten the process and ensure a smoother journey.
5 Tips for a Successful and Effective Job Hunt!
1. Evaluate the role
Though this may not be true for each and every job interview you go through, there are quite a few positions that are often jazzed up and described as something else when the reality is far from what’s on paper. Don’t be afraid to ask pertinent questions and evaluate whether or not the job they are offering suits your talents, aspirations, and plans for the future. This is the first thing you need to do when you are narrowing down the jobs you like. It saves you from all that time of preparing for the interview, coordinating with their HR, appearing for it and then realising that the role doesn’t match your skills and experience.
2. Ask about the perks
Often, when we want a certain job, we feel a little shy when it comes to asking questions about the perks. Prospective employees fear the possibility of losing the job entirely by coming across as ‘demanding’ and therefore, don’t ask too many questions. Many organizations offer a few perks and benefits such as health insurance, life insurance coverages, and financing options that can help you save money. Finding out about these perks can help you narrow down and identify the right job for you. So, even if the take-home isn’t exactly what you expected, the perks of the job may more than makeup for it- enabling you to find that dream job that you may have otherwise declined.
3. Judge the Commute
No one has ever said no to a good job that they want just because the commute is a little hectic, but often if you are lucky enough that you are considering multiple offers or multiple openings, the location of the workplace can play a significant role in helping you decide whether or not one suits you. For instance, a driving time of 2.5 hours one way (which means 5 hours a day in traffic) may be a deal breaker for some people and justifiably so. – In this fast-paced day and age, time > money!
4. Analyse the Compensation
The compensation is a large part of why we accept certain jobs over others. Though we need to consider other elements, such as growth, learning and development opportunities as well, ultimately, how much you can make is the biggest motivator. The compensation, no matter how much larger or smaller than your previous one, needs to be one that can add more than just monetary value to your life.
5. Gauge the future
Every job you take up will lead to a certain future. Though, as the adage goes, the future’s not set in stone, each decision you make cement certain aspects of it bit by bit. If you have certain career goals and aspirations, along with certain plans and dreams for your family, evaluate how well the new job will help you reach those aspirations. Some job might seem great on paper but ultimately may not do too much to further our careers, while others may open multiple avenues. Of course, you can’t predict the future beforehand, but speaking to people you may know in the same firm, or looking at networking websites that list employee experiences at specific workplaces can help you gain a decent idea of what to expect.
6. Consider your family
Your family has certain needs that can either be met or disregarded through the job you end up taking. Considering them can help you narrow down your choices effectively. For instance, if your spouse has amazing opportunities lined up in the future at their firm, uprooting your family to a city that doesn’t allow them to continue working at that organisation might not be in the best interests of the family.
Looking for a new job and then identifying which offer to choose can be quite stressful. You can ensure a well-planned future and continued prosperity and success with these tips.