“It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.”
In summary

Here are some job search hints and tips and facts to keep you going during what could be a long campaign in today’s economy.

“If A equals success, then the formula is A= X + Y + Z. Where X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.”
Albert Einstein
Job search is not easy. The likelihood is that no-one else will get you a job, although someone may help you. You are going to have to initiate it yourself.

Never give up!

If you are directing your strategy correctly, the harder you try, the more likely you are to find a job.

Try several strategies. Go with what is producing leads for you, give up what is non-productive and try something else.

Talk to successful job hunters in your family and among your contacts, and ask them how they achieved success.

Some pundits argue that you should treat job search as a full time occupation if you are out of work. Others argue that a short, sharp 30 minutes a day should be effective. Job search should be at the front of your mind all day, as you use your contacts.

Remember that job search can take many months, so prepare yourself mentally and financially for this.

Be persistent. Like everything else, this is a numbers game.

Be flexible. In today’s rapidly changing world you may need to consider something new and different from your previous job.

Remember that hidden job market, and that sometimes you can create your own job. Don’t just go for advertised jobs. Think outside the box!

Use your contacts; remind them frequently what you need. Don’t be a nuisance, and thank them for ANY assistance they offer.

Don’t ignore small and medium companies. They are much more likely than big companies to create a vacancy if they see you can make them money.

Target companies, sectors, areas, you want to work. Contact decision makers, ask for a job .Prepare a statement showing how you can add value for them. Describe your greatest personal strengths, include a brief description of your work background, and ask if there is an opening for someone with your skills and background.

If they say no, ask if they know anyone else looking for someone with your skills.

Join, or visit, formal Business Networking groups. The members are used to the concept of helping people and have a huge range of contacts. Be positive; mention your “added value” proposition. Ask if you can email them a CV, and would they please forward it to anyone they think may be interested.

Stay Positive! Don’t give up !

Work smart as well as hard !

“A good manager is a man who isn’t worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him.”
H. S. M. Burns
Always be courteous to everyone you encounter in your job Search. Write “thank you” or cards emails to everyone, including secretaries and assistants. Apart from the fact that it is good manners and will consolidate the great impression you have hopefully already made, it may just jog their memory on a day they see an opportunity that would suit you.


Job Search Hints and Tips — 59 Comments

  1. I am Oyedokun Femi A., a fresh graduate from university, i need a job that i can be doing before my service year. I study statistics. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for this Eye-opener. I have a higher diploma in Soil Survey and Land Evaluation, and a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management. I’ve been working with the state agricultural development project in Kaduna State, Nigeria for the past 10 years. Looking for a job in an agricultural organization.

  3. Thanks for this inspiring course. I am a degree holder in production engineering with over 20 years industrial work experience. I now want strategic partners on innovative products in renewable energy (solar). I am in Oyo State, Nigeria.

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