Given below are 7 important tips to land up a job of your liking in 3 months. The tips are based on my own experience of several years in corporate world and they are not in any specific order.
- First and foremost create an account and your profile in top job portals such as Naukri, TimesJobs, Monster, Naukri Hub, Carrerjet, Clickjobs, Recruit.net, etc.. You can create multiple profiles with a decent covering letter on most of the sites. This helps in applying by choosing an appropriate profile based on the job requirements.
- Search for relevant jobs (you can save your searches and also create job alerts) and start applying. Initially you may apply for all positions which are closer /similar to the opportunity that you are looking for. Even though they are not an exact match for your requirement, it would nevertheless bring your resume to the notice of the potential recruiters. Sometimes they may have another requirement which matches your background and experience but not advertised. It also gets your CV into circulation.
- It is important to make little changes to your resume often. You can make very in-significant changes to your resume like a minor change in resume headlines or add a new skill set or anything else you feel relevant. Any change is useful because resumes which are most recently updated always come on top of the searches by recruiters. They always have higher chance of getting noticed and shortlisted.
- Your resume should be long enough to cover your major achievements but short enough to evoke interest. Ideally it should not be more than two pages. Present key facts and highlight your achievements in these two pages but keep elaborations for personal meetings. Your first target should be to get shortlisted and be called for a preliminary interview. Once shortlisted, you get a much needed chance to impress the recruiters/ employers in a face to face meeting. Long resumes are boring and are often not read. Recruiters invariably have very limited time for each candidate. Your resume should be crisp and interesting.
- In parallel, please contact your network of friends and acquaintances in similar industries. Many companies offer good referral incentives to employees for referring candidates. This way companies save a lot of money on advertisement and it’s a win-win situation for employer & employee. You stand a good chance of being recommended by your friend.
- Create your profile on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn and expand your network. Get noticed by posting articles, taking part in discussions, joining interest groups, etc.. Talent acquisition teams of many companies scout for talent on these sites. Also being an international platform, your chances of being noticed and selected by multinational and transnational firms goes up significantly.
- It is always a good idea to leave some things open in your resume for negotiation such as salary expectations and joining time. It gives you a better chance to negotiate the salary and benefits you desire once company finds you suitable for a particular post. It also allows you to settle for a lower salary in case you find the company and job prospects much better that what you anticipated. Demanding a particular salary right in the beginning, may block your chances of being shortlisted in the first place. Some companies also offer handsome joining bonus in case you can join them quickly. This will more than compensate for your loss of notice period salary.
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