Condensed Job-Search Advice

Reading announcements

When reading the announcement, decode it! Don’t speed-read. Ask yourself questions about what is really suggested in it!

  • What is possible?
  • What is necessary?
  • What should be included?
  • Is there something that is included that shouldn’t?
  • Does it align with your values?
  • Would you truly enjoy this work?

Look for

  • Job titles. What do they mean exactly?
  • Qualifications
  • Responsibility
  • About us. Research the employer. Read on their web-site, and even talk to employees
  • Advantages and salaries. Is there prudence, or are they direct?

Selecting jobs

  • Rank them on challenging and rewarding, choose the top one.
    • What do you want?
    • What don’t you want?
  • Your skills should be well utilized and acknowledged. Put your personal growth as a high priority.
    • Which skills will be used?
    • Which will be developed?
  • Ponder salary and other benefits. Be honest and realistic. Health insurance? A certain figure for the salary? What skills will be developed?
  • Research the personality and values of the company/employer. Read their mission/goal statement.
  • Read about the news and services the company offers.
  • Read the career sections for other job offerings

Resume

  • Contact info with full name, telephone, address, email and background.
  • Put the best first, and have a positive finish. Include a photo.
  • Have an interview as the goal in mind.
  • Start with the reason for applying as the first sentence, include the title of the job and the name of the employer.
  • Adapt to the job applied for
    • Why should they hire you? What will the employer gain? What do you hope to gain?
    • Use the research about the employer together with knowledge about yourself.
    • Align employer mission with own values.
    • Give direct examples of situations when you applied the skills required.
    • Provide at least 3 references. Stay positive about your past employers.
  • Let your CV and a resume be complementary; provide unique information in each part. Offer something new and original that is not in the CV.
  • List the best attributes of yourself that matches the job
  • Give your contact details
  • Mention how you will follow up
  • Finish with gratitude
  • Check writing
    • Spelling
    • Avoid clichΓ©s and memes
    • Be personal and communicable. Don’t write like a robot
    • Describe positions held and awards granted
    • Show direct numbers and statistics
    • Keep it short and simple
  • Get a second opinion, fix any more typos. Rephrase.

Follow up

  • If the employer has not been in contact with you, call or write.
    • Be friendly
    • “Have decisions been made?”
    • “Can I contact you again?”

Interview

Let the interviewer know when you are available, that you can provide any required information and that you look forward to speaking with them.

In person

  • Dress up for the job you want, make yourself feel good and be confident.
  • Be on time, 10 to 15 minutes in advance.
  • Be positive
  • Show that you did research
  • Show your notes, and take notes
  • Follow up with a thank-you letter.
  • Mention what was taken from the interview

To think about with head-hunters/recruiters

  • They want you to get the job with a high salary, but if they don’t think you can get it, they might want you to accept a lower one than you are worth.
  • They put their employers needs first
  • They can’t tell you everything (they don’t know everything)
  • They don’t always know what your job entails