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As Your Job Hunt Continues Remember To Do This

Another year has rang in and the the job hunting continues. So as your job hunt contnues, remember to:

Be Clear 
Clarify what you want. Identify the things that are important to you right now and hone in on these things. Things like, what amounts of money you will accept, what kind of work environment you want, what hours you want to work. And ask yourself what you want. 

Do you want a job that has a fixed hourly pay? Do you want a job that means long hours and commissions? Do you want a job that will bring in the same type of work? Do you want to have a job that will introduce new skills, one that will mean travelling or a job that will eventually help you branch off on your own? Make things clear for yourself.

Once you have a clear idea of what work you want to do and have identified what kind of job will help you in your personal path to success these things will help you to polish up the things you have let slide that can help you get to where you want faster. Then begin to improve on these same skills because they will show what you can bring to a potential employer or client.

Having clarity will ultimately help you to know what kind of jobs to apply for.

Review Your Accomplishments
To compare with your peers may be one way to review where you are and it will give you an idea of where you are ahead or where you are lacking. Do not get discouraged after doing a peer review as this is not the only way to review yourself. Identify the skills and experiences that you have added on since you last sent out applications. Some things may have changed and the things you said you could offer to a potential employer or client may have dramatically changed.

Ask people around you about what you do better than anyone else they know. They may help you identify things that you might overlook as you were searching for employment. These things are your unique combination of strengths and experiences that may be of help this year.

Also add the achievements you have made in your online interactions. You may find that they make a substantial change to your CV and as you know  a CV is simply a summary of who you are, what you have done, and what you can do.

A self-audit or review may identify achievements that you lacked previously but you have now.

Continue the search
Rarely does a search take only a few days. Usually, job searches take weeks or even months. So continue with putting in the time. If you are an old hand at this, be positive and do not think back at what happened previously. A rejection is normal; it happens to everyone. The important thing is to put time in for the search and to get to it right away.

The more time you spend on your job search, the better your chances are of finding a job sooner. Also, remember that even after missing out on a job, some employers may keep your query or CV for future job openings. So, refrain from badmouthing people that rejected you the first time around. And, keep a list of all the places you’ve applied, where they are located and who you talked to there.

Things change-so keep searching. Many people were once in the same position as you are now and they made it. You will too!

Kwachalelo

A Zambian site sharing quick read articles around work, money and adulting life with selective interviews and quotes.
The founder, editor and lead writer who left university with a good grasp of public administration, economics, money, banking and international relations is also qualified in journalism and creative writing. She has been published in Drum and The BBC Focus on Africa Magazine and has been featured in several local and international publications.
An avid bird watcher with an extraordinary fondness for chikanda ( a Zambian delicatessen that vegans and non-vegans world-wide are putting on their bucket list ) she often tweets in poetry and short prose @kwachalelo