Job Hunting: skills for life!
In your parents’ time, they hoped for one or two jobs in a lifetime, but today you are likely to have to job hunt very many times. So the skill of job hunting is something you need to learn.
- What you learn now about job hunting is not a ‘one-time’ thing. This article, commissioned by Hippo.co.za (opinions are still our own) is a starting point. Get more of the knowledge and skills you need here:
Even when you have a job, you need to:
- Keep up-to-date with the jobs market. Every month or two, check what is available in your industry and at your level and above. Do an internet search as though you were job hunting. When you find a job-search website which seems to offer the most jobs in your field and at your level, register with them and they will send you notices of new jobs. Some job-search websites (like https://www.indeed.co.za/) are aggregators which means they gather in one place job posts from various other sites, which saves you a lot of work. Search until you find the one that mostly deals with your industry.
There is a technique to researching online, and learning it will be useful for more than job-hunting.
Here are some good tips to get the information you need:
Continue adding to your skills or learning new ones. You can never have enough computer skills. Plan to do a course every year. A short or long course is an investment in your future and tells a potential employer that you are open to growing and learning.
Although many computer courses are free online, sometimes you may need to pay for them. If you cannot afford to study, you can take a Personal Loan.
Here are some tips for managing your finances:
Keep up-to-date with what is happening in your own company. Get friendly with the HR department.
Let them know what your goals are, so if there is a suitable vacancy you can be considered.
Join professional organisations in your field. They keep you up-to-date and provide networking opportunities. For example, the accounting field, from bookkeepers to chartered accountants, has several institutes and associations: Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (which includes all accounting professions), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). They publish newsletters and hold meetings which keep you abreast of new and interesting information.
Most jobs are got via networking, and professional organisations are brilliant networking opportunities. But don’t start networking when you need a job; rather keep your network alive all the time.
Use professional platforms like Linked-in and keep your details fresh.
Finally, remember that every time your job status changes, change your CV and you will be ready for anything!