WHAT CAREER PATH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Think about what you would enjoy doing daily. Ask your friends and family what you are good at. Use this inventory of your interests and strengths to help you think of career options. Search the internet or take free online courses (e.g. on Coursera or Edx) to find out more about the various jobs or industries you are interested in.
If you need additional help, take a brief career assessment to learn about your strengths, interests and related careers. This goes beyond simply what job function you want and includes the kind of environment you want to work in and other factors.
When completing an assessment for any purpose remember to be yourself and answer as honestly as you can. You won't do yourself any favours by trying to answer the way you think the others would want you to.
Here we have provided a strengths finder. It will help you assess for emotional intelligence, motivation (intrinsic or extrinsic) and, your preferred working style. Soon, it will be updated to reflect your career matches as well. Each person who takes the assessment helps us finetune the algorithm to get your more detailed results. Therefore, feel free to share with your friends.
BUILD YOUR BRAND
Your personal and professional brands are very important. Although we like to think that our online accounts are our private business, the reality is that many employers search for job candidates online as part of the screening process.
Of course, you are entitled to make your accounts private if you choose but it is encouraged that you put some effort into crafting your professional brand online. Think about what it is you want to be known for. Remove publicly accessible content that would detract from your brand.
Employers want to know more about you and you want to get hired, why not help them out?
LinkedIn is an easy way to begin building a professional profile. Invite persons you have worked with to provide recommendations and add experience, courses, awards and other information to boost your profile. Be sure to add a personal touch so it does not seem too scripted. Ensure the picture you use is an appropriate one.
Some persons purchase their domain name (for example, johnbrown.com) and use it to highlight their portfolio and skills. This can make it even easier to find useful information about them online. Building your brand is an ongoing process and will take some time, so start now!
There are several job boards you can use in your search. Review the careers section of the weekly newspaper.
Think about companies you want to work for that may have vacancies that interest you. Ask your friends to let you know about opportunities at their workplace.
Before you submit a job application, ensure you are able to meet the basic requirements. Research the company to get an idea of what it is like to work there, where they are on their growth path and how you may be able to contribute.
Craft or edit your resume to highlight the points that are relevant to the role and the company. Use examples of previous successes and summarize your qualifications in the cover letter if one is requested.
Ask a friend or two to review your resume for errors. Consider using a free do-it-yourself platform like Canva for modern resume designs, a resume builder or pay a professional resume service.
During the screening process you may be contacted to provide your references. Ensure that you carefully select persons who know you well, are likely to think positively of you and can communicate that on your behalf.
References from your previous workplace can include your Supervisor, Manager or team member who worked closely with you. They may also include respected persons in the community who can speak to your character or a mentor from the business community if you have one.
Always ask the individual if you may use him or her as a reference and let them know that you are actively applying to jobs so they know to expect a call. Lastly, remember to thank persons who have taken the time to provide references for you when called upon to do so.
PREPARE TO INTERVIEW
Interviewing can be nerve-wracking. Developers may be asked to complete a coding exercise. Brand Management candidates may be asked to present to the panel of interviewers. The content of the interview may vary. That's why it is always better to be well prepared.
Review what you know about the position and the company. Consider why you would like to work there. Look up frequently asked interview questions for that industry. Practice interviewing with your friends. Try not to memorize answers word for word. Instead, focus on the idea you want to express.
Doing a practice video interview allows you to see your facial expression, replay answers and practice over and over again. You may use tools like Zoom or Skype to practice with friends or use screen recorders like Zoom or Loom to record yourself you can view the replay.
Video Interviewing is becoming more and more popular so it is good to get familiar with this. We offer this to our clients as well. Watch this video to learn more about how it works from the view of an interviewee.