Job hunting secrets that employers don’t tell you

So what can I tell you about job hunting that you don’t already know from googling. This post is written based from my own experience while I was job hunting and I had wished I had someone tell me about these. Hope the below tips would help some of you out there.

1. Knowing people helps!

Yes, unfortunately if you want to find a job relatively easy and quick. Knowing people helps. Especially those who knows the community.  So if you don’t enjoy networking you are probably missing out quite a bit. it’s not impossible to get a job without knowing people but you would need to invest more time in making yourself known.

2. Changing your CV, Resume and Cover Letter

Remember to keep updating your CV or resume. Not only that but keep changing the format and design until you hear a response. When you hear a response, go back to resume/CV and see what you did right or you can even ask your interviewer casually about what stands out in the CV. What helps? As for your cover letter, always customized it to fit the job that you are applying. Generic cover letters don’t work.

Read more about my other post on “Why you should always update your CV!”

3.  Rejected? Try again and again and again. Keep trying!

Why? Even if you have been rejected once or twice by the organization/company that you are applying to. It’s OK. Keep trying if it’s really a job that you wanted. My reason is because each recruiter is different in their selection process and preference. You got rejected the first time probably because someone doesn’t like your CV or cover letter but the next round could be selected by an entirely different person. And who knows, he or she might just like your CVs. Keep trying with an organization also shows your determination in joining their team.

“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” –Author Unknown

4. Volunteering Helps

If you don’t like networking in social event. Try volunteering in something you are passionate about. Make yourself known to people in that field so that they might think of you when an opportunity arises.

Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward. Brian Tracy

5. First Impression at interview

Yes, first impression is very important. How you speak? How you present yourself? What you are wearing? What you are bringing with you? How you behave when you are waiting for your turn at the interview? Yes, be aware of yourself and your surrounding. You never know who’s watching. Show enthusiasm and passion during the interview.

Last but not least,

REJECTION!! – Rejection is often not about you. It’s often about the interviewer/recruiter’s preference at getting the most suitable candidate for a particular position. Sometimes it’s even more personal such as the interviewer/recruiter felt that they can relate better with a certain interviewee. I know it’s so easy to fall into the “Where did I go wrong?” mode and trying to replay the interview in your head and figure things out. And when you get that many rejections, it’s easy to fall into the trap of  “what’s wrong with me?”. Honestly, it’s really not about you. It’s often situational and for some weird reason, someone else just did or have a little bit more than you do at the time being. And, remember each time you are hired, many more were rejected for the exact same reasons. Keep trying!

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill

I hope this article would help some people and I welcome any comment or feedback to this post.


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