By Angela Wairimu
Imagine that you had to choose between buying a Toyota and a BMW. Which would give you the best service ultimately?
…A BMW of course.
Your resume should be the same, it should say something like ‘Hiring me is like buying a BMW on a discount.’
So how do you make it say that? Here are some ideas:
1. Get the latest and best content that centers on your career focus.
Learn more to earn more. Whatever your interest or passion is, there are lots of articles and resources online that provide you with more up to date information. Join them, follow them and subscribe to them. Volunteer in your interests, join professional associations in your area and participate in forums. This keeps your knowledge up to date and puts you out there. It may also land you a job. Keeping up to date is also a simple way to prepare for an interview.
2. Join DUMA Works and LinkedIn
DumaWorks.com offers you a chance to be matched to jobs that fit your skills but more importantly, build a great professional network in Kenya. Linkedin offers a world view of your industry and allows you to view what professionals in your field are doing elsewhere.
3. Comment, update, share and promote.
Looking for the perfect job is like searching for the perfect partner. You have to be out there, so go out there. Get online. Begin creating, interacting and reaching out to your target audience. This could be industry mates, students, even employers. This helps you build your brand identity, makes you findable and it is a great way for others to know you.
4. Work on your attitude
Attitude is everything. Have a “can do” attitude. Employers these days are looking for people a positive impact on the company. People who can find new ways of doing things that are better, smarter and more natural. Can do people people are able to describe obstacles that they have faced in life and how they overcame them. Attitude is that one thing that makes one person be hired because of ‘something about them’ that an employer cannot quite pin-point.
While job hunting, surround yourself with positive people who provide encouragement and feedback.
5. Have clear relevant goals
Understand your marketable skills, know the job you want and understand what you have to offer. To do that, you have to access your likes/dislikes, your marketable skills, your personality and the kind of working conditions you value the most. It may take quite some time to understand yourself and getting a career coach may help. Alternatively, start where you are by taking internships at different types of companies and seeing what appeals to you best.
6. Stay focused and resilient.
Seeing is believing. Have a job status tracker, on your bedroom wall! This helps you fill your opportunity funnel the same way a sales person does. Resiliency is the ability to spring back from disappointment and keep moving forward. Track and record all your efforts. This gives you extra incentive to keep at it.
Here is an idea on the columns you may choose to have
Do the above and you’re sure to land a great job!