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Why You Are Uneasy About Job Hunting

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Getting a job is simple. The process is:
  1. Learn of a job opening
  2. Apply for the job
  3. Interview for the job
  4. Get the job offer
  5. Accept the job
  6. Start the job
  7. Eventually get a raise
It is simple. Unfortunately, usually it is not easy!
 
Experts tell us that about 80% of the jobs are not listed in public venues such as job boards, newspapers or even social media sites. That means the job seeker must do some work to find out about them. The best way to do this is through networking.
 


In simple terms, networking occurs when two people communicate or interact with each other for their mutual benefit. Interact with the right people and you find out about jobs. Interacting is a skill that most people must learn, and this takes effort.

Applying for a job seems simple enough… Fill out a form (usually on-line) and hit the submit button. But this is not as easy as it seems. Entering information and/or responding to questions are required and your answers can exclude you from an offer. Some of the requested information includes dates of past employment (gaps may eliminate you from further consideration), past salaries and desired salary (entries outside a range that the company determines is appropriate for them may purge you), social security number (supplying this may enable background checking, credit checks and access to personal information). Often, information must be entered or the pro-gram won’t let you complete the application. Completing the application process to present you in the best light is an acquired skill.

Many people do not appreciate the fact that effective interviewing takes practice. They do not realize that the candidate is being evaluated not just on the answers, but also on appearance, confidence level, attitude, and the way questions and answers are communicated. Researching potential interview questions (both behavioral and specific), practicing answers, or participating in practice interviews takes time.

Practicing in front of other persons will help you avoid mistakes in a live interview. For many people this is not easy.

Getting and evaluating a job offer is not as easy as it first appears. People often don’t determine in advance what criteria they require to evaluate an offer. Sometimes (especially to someone who has been out of work for a while) candidates focus primarily on salary. But accepting a position in an environment that is counter to your personality, work ethics, or capabilities can lead to a situation where you will be miserable. Some factors that should be examined are work to be done, level, environment, salary, location, opportunities for growth and advancement, potential training, benefits, job duration, ease and cost of commute, typical work hours and overtime expectations.

While accepting a job seems open and shut, this requires some skills too. How you do it leaves an impression on folks who can affect your future. If people get the impression that you are not excited about the position, or that although you accepted the job you really are not happy with the offer, they will feel that you will still be looking around for a better opportunity. In this situation, you will not get the support you would like to have or need to be successful in your career.

Starting a job can be stressful. You will have to interact with strangers, determine with whom you may wish to form alliances, acclimate yourself to a new environment. This environment would require your “soft” skills capabilities.
Getting a raise is dependent on many factors and some significant ones are not under your control. The best way is to excel at those that are within your realm. Exhibiting willingness to put in extra effort, being helpful, and assuming responsibility are within your control. Sometimes these undertakings require extra or uncompensated time. For many people, especially those trying to balance jobs and personal lives, this is not easy.

The process of finding a job is well known. People perform this process every day. But in today’s job market where get-ting a job can take a while, developing the appropriate skills to perform the steps effectively is essential. Learning and perfecting skills take practice and determination.

The good news is that if you are reading this you have the capability to achieve this goal.

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