TIPS FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
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Preparing for your job search:

  • Evaluate your current situation and think about what you are looking for. It is not wise to rush into a new job and then feel like leaving it within a few months.
  • Figure out what you are good at and how best you can use that in a potential workplace.
  • Ask people you know for suggestions, or visit a placement/career counseling centre.

 

Starting your job search:

  • As a first step, make a resume/curriculum vitae (CV) for yourself. You will need this to approach people with whom you want to work.
  • Get a formal email id: You will need to email several recruiters, companies and friends, for that you will need a simple and formal email id. For example: meena.mehta@yahoo.com is usually more appropriate than meena7751star@yahoo.com
  • Upload your resume on several job portals: There are several popular sites that help you find jobs in India, and you should create an account in as many of those as possible.
  • Apply to jobs through these portals: Once you create the account, the next step is to search for jobs related to your educational background. Keep applying for jobs and actively check your email for replies. When you get a reply, respond promptly and don’t forget to attach your resume and answer all the questions they ask in their email.
  • The government also runs a number of Employment Exchanges, which can guide you with your job search. More information on Employment Exchanges
  • Keep an eye out for walk in interviews: Companies conduct walk in interviews for freshers, and although these can get crowded, it is a good place to hunt for jobs and increase your employment chances.

    Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a vital component in your job search. A well written CV can sometimes even secure you a job by itself. It will help you promote yourself and reach the interview stage. Here’s how to make sure you do it.

     

    Basic elements of a CV:

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    Firstly, try and keep your CV as short as possible. Employers are not likely to read beyond 1-2 pages as they receive a huge number of applications.

     

    Tips for a good interview:

    • Firstly, try and keep your CV as short as possible. Employers are not likely to read beyond 1-2 pages as they receive a huge number of applications.
    • Personal details: Your name, address & contact information (postal address, telephone number and email address).
    • Education and qualifications: List all your qualifications including subjects and name of the institution. Start the list with your most recent qualification. Do not lie or exaggerate, many employers check up on this information.
    • Work Experience: List all your essential work experience, starting the list with your most recent job. Mention achievements and responsibilities for each role. More emphasis should be given to recent jobs and the work experience which is relevant to the position you are applying for.
    • Other Skills: Include language and computer skills and any other training that is relevant to the role for which you are applying. Again, do not lie or exaggerate, it’s very easy for an employer to assess your real skills in the interview itself.
    • Hobbies & Interests: If you have any interesting hobbies that make you shine, or if your hobbies relate to the industry you’re going into, you can use this section to build a bigger picture of you as a person. It will help recruiters know more about your personality. However, make sure not to spend too much space on this section.
    • Be on time, preferably 15 minutes before so you get time to settle down and calm your nerves.
    • Know yourself. Demonstrate your capabilities and qualities and how well you can fit the job role. Do not be overconfident or aggressive.
    • Be clear about what you want to achieve in life and about your career objective. It will keep you focused.
    • Your CV is vital  for a successful interview. Never lie on your CV, include all your skills and experience to give you a competitive edge.
    • Prepare well for an interview. You can make notes of interview questions which are most likely to be asked. Practice your answers.This will boost your confidence.
    • Make sure you can support your strengths by giving examples. You can prepare for this beforehand
    • When asked about your  weaknesses, acknowledge them. If you are not able to describe your weaknesses, it may signal that you lack self awareness.
    • Always be presentable  while dressing for the interview. Your attire should be according to the role, office culture as well as your own choice.
    • Your body language is very important. Be confident – smile, try not to tap your feet or slouch in your seat & make sure you shake hands firmly.
    • Don’t forget to make an eye contact.Your voice should be enthusiastic.
    • Keep all your documents well organized in a folder.
    • Interview manners  are very important. Don’t bang the door, ask if you can take a seat, and sit up straight.
    • And lastly,be yourself. You are wonderful as you are, so be comfortable with yourself. Best of luck!