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4 Key Areas to Work On When Job Hunting

Statistics show that the most common stressor is our jobs. They say that most people who finally felt relieved of stress forever are those who either quit their jobs or those who have already retired. Just take a look at the main causes of stress and it's either being unhappy with your job or any other life stressor such as losing someone you hold dear. Not a lot of people realize that job hunting is another source. Think about it. There are a lot of people who just go into a downward spiral after failing to get employed.

So if you're job hunting, it's best that you prepare and work on a few key areas that will help you land a job.
  1. Patience

    The first thing you'll need to work on is patience. Hunting for a job is not easy. It can take weeks or even months for you to get a call for an interview. Even then, you might strike out and someone gets better scores on the initial exams and interviews. When looking for a job, it's easy to give up. Don't. Keep on sending out resumes and applying and calling companies up to see if there are any vacancies.

  2. Communication Skills

    In a job, one quality that's often taken for granted by applicants and interviewers alike but is very important for everyone involved is the ability to work in a team. And no one is better in teamwork than someone who can communicate concerns, both positive and negative, effectively. It's also very important when you're in the interview process. Maintaining eye contact and a pleasant smile will increase your chances of making a lasting impression on your interviewer. Being able to talk in a concise yet meaningful manner is a big plus as well.

  3. Curriculum Vitae

    Your resume will be the reason why you'll be picked for an interview. If you have not received any calls, it could be because your resume needs work. The best areas of your resume to improve are your skills and your previous job experiences. It may need a lot of work, but one trick is to tailor those skills and job experiences in a way where you would appear extremely useful for the position you're applying for. This doesn't mean you should fake those skills and job experiences. Just reword them in a way that the HR reads it and starts thinking that they could use someone like you.

  4. Interview Preparation

    Expect nothing during the interview. Sure, you'll get a lot of common questions such as why you left your previous job. Some interviewers will prepare trick questions so as to test your spontaneity. To ace your interview, simply work on your communication skills as mentioned above. Try your best to avoid using fillers like "ums" and "you know" and ending your sentences with "so, yeah."

Finally, it's also great to base your answers off of what is written on your resume. For instance, when asked what makes you a good team player, you may refer to a previous job and cite an example.

There are countless other ways to improve your chances of getting a job, but improving on the four areas listed above should help you immensely for now.

Author's Bio:

Marion Wendell is a freelance blogger who loves to write about her experiences in job-hunting back in the day and has been in the job recruitment business for more than five years. Whether looking for a simple clerical job in Australia or an IT job in Singapore, she has a wealth of ideas, tips, advice and suggestions to new job-seekers and help them land the job of their dreams.

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