- IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS
What you have done in your career, the praise of your colleagues and your supervisor has been recognized, awards, etc. These can be used to know in which areas where you stand out. Identifying your strength helps increase your productivity, and makes you the boss at that specific area of specialization.
- WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
Weaknesses can be taken advantage of. Identifying your weaknesses enacts the need to improve on that part of you. Receiving criticisms from colleagues is not as bad as we often see it. Criticisms often help to shape us into a more productive worker. On the other hand, it is better to opt in for a job where you can totally display your strengths while you develop on your weaknesses on the sideline. Strengths are celebrated, but a weakness metamorphosed into a sound ability is better celebrated. It should even doors to better opportunities for you.
- SKILL SET
A skillset is a specific category of skills needed to complete a job. Examples of specific skills include human relationships, research and planning, leadership, management and computer literacy.
There are different types of skills which, for example, may be considered soft or hard.
Soft skills are interpersonal or human, skills. They are difficult to quantify and relate to a person’s personality and ability to work with others. Non-technical skills include communication, critical thinking and conflict resolution.
Hard skills are quantifiable and teachable. They understand the specific knowledge and skills required for a job. Examples of technical skills include computer programming, accounting, mathematics and data analysis.
There are also work-specific and transferable skills. Comprehensive competencies can be applied to many different occupational fields. These include interpersonal skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.
The specific skills of the job are those needed for a particular job. For example, a stylist needs to know hair dyeing techniques, an employee must have payroll accounting skills, and a nutritionist needs to be knowledgeable in diet management.
- THINK ABOUT YOUR GOALS
When going through the directories and the list of available job offers, you should know exactly what you need from the job. Do you need something to just keep up or you need to pay heavy bills. Do you intend to work in someplace where you will be provided with an official car and an official house? Or you want to be working from home because of your family or side hustles? Know exactly what you want. That will guide your application, rightly.
You may think that the only point of work experience is to feed your resume. You’re probably thinking that you’re just playing with your thumbs, or you’re getting a stack of 2,000 envelopes that you can fill, seal, and ship. Work experiences put you on the front row as the leading contender when you apply for a job. You are familiar with the job and that is a plus for you and the company you are applying to.
- WHAT IS YOUR BRANDING MESSAGE
In order to be successful in today’s economy, you need to have a brand that harmonizes with your target employer. The key to your employer heart lies in a brand message that clearly spells out what you have to offer.
Your brand message is a communication channel between you and your target group. It aims to appeal to your values and desires, and it is conveyed through the content and information you present to them.
Know what value you need to sell to your employer. You are the brand.
- YOUR PERSONALITY
We have different personality and this is what makes a workplace, just like our society, distinct. Distinctive personality traits fit perfectly with some work type. For instance, a person who appreciates conversations or enjoys talking and knows how to initiate talks can work perfectly as a media person. If you know how to manage funds, you should consider being an account officer.
- WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE
A street travel documentary photographer/ cinematographer should never apply for a sit in an office work. His work requires that they be locomotive. Settlement in relationship to your type of the job you are looking for should guide you when you are deciding which job is right for you. Are you looking for a job that will keep you in place? Location is one of the many souls of business; you should be located where you are able to reach out to your audience.
What do you enjoy, really? Are you the kind that loves being outdoor? Do you take out every chance to be at the movies every weekend? Or are you the one that likes your life silent, solitary and calm, even? This factor, lifestyle, should be considered seriously when checking out a job. You don’t want a job that will bore your wits out, do you?
- TAP ON YOUR NETWORK
Everyone knows that someone in your existing network, there are probably three jobs that suit you, but the people who help you open these doors just do not think about you. Make a list of all your knowledge. Set yourself a goal to reach three people you have not spoken to for at least a year. Meet one of them for a coffee or lunch. Identify the 25 most influential people in your network and think about ways to strengthen relationships with each other. Use LinkedIn for maximum impact: LinkedIn is a powerful tool for easy connection with the right people. Look for your target market depending on your industry, your skills, your university and your interests, and make connections with people who interest you. For example, if you work in the insurance industry, you can try to communicate with all sorts of leaders and HR departments in this industry and your marketplace. You can even set goals, such as: “Log in with all directors and HR directors in my city at the end of April.”