Job Search? Hum. Job seek? Not quiet. Hunt! Finding a job on today’s world is a hunt! There is much to be said about job searching, yet in this article, I want to show you how would you benefit, if you understood it as a hunt. According to Wikipedia, hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife or feral animals, by humans for food, recreation, or trade. You can say you are not pursuing living things. I say, you are pursuing wildlife. Whether you are currently unemployed or hunting for a better job, this article will give you feasible, useful tips to conquer your purpose.
You have to get the proper guns to go on a hunt. One cannot hunt a squirrel with a bazooka, nor an elephant with a spoon, right? So why would you approach a big corporation the same way you approach a two-employee startup or small business? You should adapt your point of contact to the corporation you are trying to reach. As Miguel Gonçalves, a portuguese speaker says: today, cv is spam. I wouldn’t go that far. But, that’s pretty much it, though.
a. Understand – your market and the way your competitors present themselves to companies (maybe the best cv to deliver at a marketing agency is a marketing campaign)
b. Work hard for it – don’t just write a full-page resume of your life, produce multiple CVs and motivation letters specific to each situation
c. Innovate – build a website (there are amazing free tools), shoot a video, bake a cake, be different (and that’s not only a cliché)
d. Realize – what are you selling? It is not about your undergraduate or masters, but what kind of opportunity you represent to a company
e. Dedicate time – enjoy learning curves, and get this: you are not unemployed, you are working 24/7 unpaid on this hunt!
According to The Beatles it is strawberry fields forever. I’m afraid it’s not. Nowadays there is a huge number of sources, lists and social networks related to job search, but in that sea of opportunities, one needs to be smart enough to only sail on the good ships.
a. Understand – again, understand your market, and where the most relevant employers publish and seek for talent. Select five or six of them, and dominate the game;
b. Don’t waste time – no empty trips or bushes without rabbits, focus, and don’t be afraid to say no;
c. Build networks – it is important who are you hunting with, and who recommends them. Don’t be afraid to ask. The Bible says: ‘And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.’ (Luke 11:9).
D Day: Bring it home
CVs get you interviews, but do not get you jobs. For most jobs, you face a narrow selection process, where your deepest being will be visited by HR departments. Don’t be afraid, yet take that as an opportunity for you to sparkle! (Not Gaga-like sparkle)
a. Truth – be truthful throughout the process, and embrace this hunt as a chance to show who you really are
b. Talk, listen, talk, listen – be balanced, respect the interviewer and competitors, but be daring and show yourself
c. Be patient – Rome was not built in a day, nor the Los Angeles Lakers squad, not even your beautiful mind.
Outcome: Supper (not the last, hopefully)
I’ve been fortunate to have participated on a post-hunting meal once, and it was… manly! My father’s hunter-friend acting all proud with the result of his effort, almost walking towards the sunset with trophies on his back.
a. Brag about it – celebrate with the ones who helped you, honor them! And be grateful, it is ok to feel good about good things. Good?
b. Build hunters – keep the blessing following and build other job hunters
c. Pack your bags - if you don’t make it, pack your weapons. Stare the world with confidence, and restart from the top. Remember that you are competing with the whole World.
May you realize that job hunting is an ongoing process that is sometimes desirable. Face it with respect, and prepare yourself to shoot some jobs! Good luck!
Francisco Cabral is a co-founder of the Lisbon-based social network startup Hinow and a student of Economics at NOVA School of Business & Economics. You can follow him on Twitter @francicocabral
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