GREAT EXPECTATION

By
Subir Verma
Head (Training & Placement)
Institute of Business Administration &Training
(B-School of KIIT)
KIIT Campus 1,  Bhubaneshwar - 751024, India
Tel: 91-674-2441747 (D) 2420317 (R), Fax: 91-674-2441465, 2444054 (Tel/Fax)
Mobile : 9437001465
E-mail :
subir@ibat.ac.in  Website : www.ibat.ac.in

The most frequent statement of job seeker is "I frankly do not know what I would do differently, but I know what I'm doing is not working."

Job search is an art. You have to master it to be successful. To some of you, job search may look frustrating, yet this is the skill you need to master. Sending numerous resumes against appointment advertisement, job websites, rejection at interview is very common. You must possess thick skin and the patience of a saint.
Most of the frustration comes from simple job search misconceptions and misinformation, which can be avoided.

Follow the Apple Computer slogan, "Think different." This will at least improve the effectiveness of your job search.

Do not do everything, you are told. Who says this is the right way to find a job? Would not it just be more frustrating to stand in the same queue for a job where there is already a long line? You simply do not follow what you are told when it comes to looking for a job. If 80% of all jobs are obtained some other way, it seems to be smarter to find out what other ways exist other the conventional ways.

Make a planned follow up. Many people send a resume and cover letter to an employer and follow it up with a phone call "just to see if you got my resume".
This is what you really wanted to achieve by the sending your resume to the company? Of course, not! You are looking for an interview call. Keep this goal in mind and pursue directly with a structured phone call conversation.

Execution of your plan is vital. Many jobseekers' general complain is, "I've applied to almost 100 positions and have never received an interview call!" Getting the job you love is even more difficult because if you love so as 1000 other aspirants. The search for the job you love requires strategy, information and superior execution to over come the competition. A player will not win the ongoing Wimbledon because he knows how to play tennis. It is won because a player played better than the competitor.

Be specific. Don't beat around the bush in anticipation that some divine soul will pick up on your subtle hints and volunteer what you want. Be specific, direct and humble in communicating, what you want? Employers will appreciate your straight forwardness. Because the employer also knows that these focused individuals make much better employees.

Everything is Negotiable. The only absolute rule is that there is no absolute rule. In most of the private companies, there is always room for negotiation. You can negotiate salary, title, responsibilities, length of probationary period, start date, stock options etc.

Keep in mind Newton's 3rd law. Keep your conversation positive. Do not walk in with a list of demands. It will look more like demands of sandal wood tusker Virappan than something, which you really want to negotiate.

Always take the initiative. Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to your ship. Take control of your life, your career and don't ever give that control away to someone else.

Make your own rules for job search. That can be based on the feedback and suggestions of experienced professionals. Do what's most effective, not what you are told. Ask for what you want clearly and explicitly, keeping your goal in mind. Take initiative by making plans to follow up everything you do. The conventional methods are no more effective tool for job search, as every job aspirant is following the same.

Sagarika Verma
sagarika@idreamjobs.com

Subir Verma
Head (Training & Placement)
Institute of Business Administration &Training
(B-School of KIIT)
KIIT Campus 1,  Bhubaneshwar - 751024, India
Tel: 91-674-2441747 (D) 2420317 (R), Fax: 91-674-2441465, 2444054 (Tel/Fax)
Mobile : 9437001465
E-mail :
subir@ibat.ac.in  Website : www.ibat.ac.in

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