The beginner’s guide to job-hunting
1. Know yourself
Employers look for candidates who are confident, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and know what they want out of a job.
List down on a sheet of paper
- Your work Values, Interests, Personality and Skills (VIPS)
- Possible job options that you can value-add to
- Your career goals and aspirations in the next three to five years
Reflect on what you like or dislike about your previous work and volunteer experiences
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2. Know the job
Every job has its own unique set of requirements. When job seeking, check if your VIPS align with what the role needs.
Find out these aspects of any potential job:
- Nature of work (tasks and responsibilities)
- Skills required
- Company and team culture
- Learning opportunities
- Career advancement and progression opportunities
- Other benefits: Annual leave, childcare/eldercare leave
- Read the company’s mission, vision, culture on the corporate website
- Scroll through their corporate social media page
- Read reviews about the company through websites
- Arrange for an informational interview with someone from that industry
3. Acquire job search strategies
A key step in the job search process entails equipping yourself with strategies to make the best impression on potential employers.
What you need
- Well-written resume with your latest work experiences
- Unique value proposition on why employers should hire you
- Set up a strong LinkedIn profile
- Research the job and company to tailor your resume accordingly
- Know the top five interview questions and prepare appropriate responses
4. Connect with employers
The final stage would be to connect with employers through networking and job applications.
What you need
- Tailored job applications submitted on various online job portals
- A strong network of professional contacts
- Know the online job portals in Singapore
- Register for career fairs and networking sessions
- Reactivate your professional network using LinkedIn and other social media platforms
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