Searching for a job can be a stressful and time-consuming process, which can be made easier with preparation. You do not need to despair with the right skills, attitude and time you will get your dream job.
Job seeking tips
Your job search process should start with a clear idea of what sort of jobs you want to apply for. Consider your education, qualifications and experience. You should also decide what you are prepared to do for work. Are you able and willing to relocate to take up an opportunity anywhere within or outside the country? Are you willing to travel frequently?
Looking for a job
Newspapers, job boards, and websites are a good source of job openings, but most job vacancies aren't advertised because employers can fill them by asking their contacts to recommend someone suitable.
Don't be shy — contact friends, family and industry associates to let them know that you are looking for work. Tell everyone about the kind of role you're after. This way, there will be more people on the lookout for your perfect job.
Target companies you would like to work for and send them your details. Even if nothing is available now, your initiative may be remembered at the right time.
Register with employment agencies. A number of employers won't advertise in the newspapers for graduates, they'll get employment agencies to develop a shortlist of suitable graduates.
Applying for a job
1. Write an effective resume that can be updated and adapted to different positions you apply for.
2. Then develop an outline of a covering letter you send with your resume and tailor this letter to each position you are applying for.
3. Follow up with a phone call to the appropriate contact, requesting details on the progress of your application.
Information on salaries
Once you have been offered a job the discussion and negotiation isn't necessarily over. One of the most intimidating aspects of getting a new job can be negotiating your remuneration. Being prepared for salary negotiations is the best way to get what you want.
Before you go into a salary discussion make sure you've researched your value in the marketplace, i.e. your general market value based on skills and experience, and your value to your employer. Ensure that you have an idea of what your contribution will be to the organization tying to employ you. Prepare some valid reasons for why you believe you are at a particular remuneration level. It is also important for you to know the range of other salary guides for business, finance and accounting industries.
When you're negotiating your remuneration be prepared to be flexible. Not all jobs will have room for negotiation, and you may have to decide what you are prepared to work for given your experience.