- Are you a fresh graduate? Coming back from a hiatus? In-between jobs?
- Do you want to get hired as soon as possible?
- Read up and take note because below are surefire ways of getting you hired in the quickest time possible.
- Put Your Best Foot Forward
Whether you’re fresh out of school, coming back from a work break, or simply need to get away from your current (and immensely unsatisfying) job, finding work is hardly a walk in the park.
With roughly 7.6 billion people on Earth right now, your chances of getting hired will mean that you will be competing with numerous others who are also vying for the very position you have in mind.
To get the edge in your hunt for a job, you must put your best foot forward. You need to do all the things you need to do to be able to at least get a passing chance. You mind, body, and spirit must all be working together to make sure that you are in tip-top condition when you are selling your strengths to your next employer.
Here are five ways that can help you land the job of your dreams.
- Know what you want
Some say that beggars can’t be choosers. However, if you want to find work, you must still carefully consider your plan of action and not take every bait dangled in front of you.
Even if you are desperate for work, you cannot let your future employers even get a whiff of it. Revealing that you are in dire need to be employed can make them suspicious. Questions like “why are you itching to get out of your current one?” “were you difficult to work with?”, or worse, “do you have a bad work record?” can swirl in their minds and can hurt your chances of getting hired. It can also lessen your value and get lowballed into a lower salary or compensation package.
The best thing to do is to know what you want and amp up your efforts to get it. Stay confident and calm. Research and do your homework on what you need to do to increase your chances of getting hired. Enroll yourself in enrichment and career coaching sessions to lead you to the right career path.
At the same time, knowing what you really want to do will lessen the chance of landing a job that you don’t really like and enjoy. When you get stuck in this quagmire, you will easily find yourself wanting to get out quickly and then you will have to go through the process of job-hunting all over again.
- Update and polish
When you are finally sure of where you want to go, then you should arm yourself with the necessary weapons to ensure employment success.
Update your resume. Brush up on your skills. Polish your professional online profile. Exerting effort to make sure that your career information is up-to-date will inform possible employers that you are serious in your application and have keen attention to detail.
Cleaning up your social media will also help. It will not be to your advantage when future employers look you up in the cyber world and see how much you rant about current or previous employers. Making racist remarks, posting provocative, sexist, or discriminatory comments, or uploading inappropriate photos can be detrimental to your work application.
- Find the right timing
According to experts, the average time to find a job is equivalent to the monthly paycheck you’re expecting. For example, if you’re looking at earning AED 10,000, then that is roughly the equivalent of one month of searching.
However, there is no hard and fast rule as there are people who apply, get interviewed, and land the job in three days.
Ideally, the best time to apply for a job in Dubai is after Ramadan. The months of June to August can be busy with vacations. The holy month of Ramadan can also slow down business operations because of shortened work hours.
You can intensify your job search around the months of September to May (with the exception of December) but that doesn’t mean you become sluggish in your efforts to brush up your skills and CV during the “slow” months.
- Keep your network alive
It will significantly help if you maintain and nourish a healthy network. Do not burn bridges with previous employers, if possible, as they can be good sources of a glowing reference.
Similarly, do not be confined to just your online resources. If you can do volunteer work where you can showcase your strengths and abilities, the better for you. This can expose you to a lot of people who may be able to refer you to companies or hire you themselves.
- Get headhunter help
For a more surefire way of getting paired with the right job, enlist the help of a professional headhunter. Benefit from the expansive professional network of reputable recruitment consultants in the Middle East. With the exceptional skills and experience of talented consultants, you can be assured that you will be properly advised.
Having in-depth knowledge of the Middle East’s diverse business culture and economic realities as well as the extensive industry-specific experience of an exceptional consulting team can help you find the right place to work in and enable you to transform your career.
Aim for success
Having the proper mindset, determination and perseverance will help you in carving a path that will set your career to new heights. Making the effort and committedly taking the above mentioned steps can lead you to greater chances of success.
When you are passionate about finding a job, you will do your best to find the right ways to land one. By carefully and thoughtfully taking the right steps, you will reduce the time wasted shooting blankly at the moon. Instead, with measured strides, the job of your dreams will be within arm’s reach.
A recruitment professional with over twenty years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, David is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones.
In 2003, David set up Mackenzie Jones in the UK, growing the business across two offices in London and Birmingham. In 2005 David established Mackenzie Jones in Dubai to serve the Gulf region and neighbouring countries. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.