Tips for Making Your Job Search More Efficient

Dear Job Seeker,

Have you gotten tired of job hunting that doesn’t reap positive results?

Sometimes you want to give up. You have sent out a million job applications, so to speak, but with no results. You feel exasperated. Your work seems useless. What do you do?

The first step is to stop and take a look at your resources. Analyze your job application, resume, cover letter, personal statement, portfolio, etc. Assess your job search strategies. Are you applying for the right jobs? Are you qualified to do the jobs you are applying for? Do you fulfill the requirements 100%?  Are you applying in the right manner? Is sending out 50 or 100 CVs in a day the right thing to do or would a more focused approach yield better results?

Focusing on quality instead of quantity is always a better strategy. Applying to just one or two well-researched jobs with a carefully structured job application may seem insufficient but will produce positive results more quickly than sending out hundreds of applications in a hit or miss approach. In addition, you will have the energy to organize your job hunt in a manner that yields better results.

Written by Kokab Rahman

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Excited About the Possibilities the New Year Can Bring?

New Year’s resolutions have become the norm. The excitement of the New Year gets us into the spirit of change and improvement.​ A New Year brings so many possibilities, doesn’t it? ​You have the whole year to work on your resolution​. So many things can be done. So much can be accomplished! However, if you are like most, your New Year’s resolution will probably be forgotten in a few weeks. This is the norm. ​

But you can make sure that resolutions don’t become ​just​ a ​New Year tradition for you with no other meaning. 

Here’s how:

  • Set a time plan and tie your resolution with a near future event or ​occasion. Got a trip planned in the near future? Aim to accomplish your goal by the date you are travelling. have an upcoming birthday or anniversary? attach your aim to that. Trying to lose weight or complete a project? Plan to do so by the time you are travelling.​​
  • Make it short term – instead of setting goals ​to be accomplished in the coming year, set a short term plan consisting of goals you intend to accomplish in, say, the first three months or the first two weeks.
  • ​​Divide and conquer – divide your goal into smaller parts, set a time frame for each, and complete each task individually. You want to get certification? Divide the task into parts and set a time frame for each bit. As an example, you can have something similar to the following: first week of January : sign up​ with the institute,  ​Jan 15 : get books for study, March 15 : complete study for part 1, Mar 31: complete revision, Apr 2: take part 1 exam, Apr 15: start working on part 2, Etc.
  • ​​Start immediately -​ Don’t wait for the excitement to cool off. ​ ​You want to get certification and your aim is to do so in the coming year? While your enthusiasm  is still high during the new year excitement, begin the process. Join the certification institution, making the required payment immediately  (say on Jan 1 or 2)! By making a monetary investment, you’ll be more inclined to try to reach your goal.
  • ​​Do things to keep your enthusiasm high – network with others having a similar goal​. Go to events or​ job​ fairs​. Read professional material that keeps you motivated.​ If you’re looking for a job, find job​ ​fairs and attend them​. Go to networking events and get professional training / CPEs. Work on your CV and cover letter.

The aim of these things is to keep you motivated and enthusiastic about your goal even after the new year fervor ends. By staying motivated and having your goal in sight throughout, you will be more likely to work at accomplishing your goals instead of forgetting your New Year’s resolution with the New Year!

​Have a prosperous New Year!

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How to Answer the Question “What is Your Expected Salary?”

How to answer the question “what is your expected salary”

This question needs to be answered tactfully for the following reasons:

  1. You don’t want to lose a good job offer by stating a figure that is above what the employer can pay.
  2. You don’t want to appear as someone whose only concern is salary and who will run with the next higher bid!
  3. You don’t want to give an amount that is lower than the employer is willing to pay.

 

Here are a few options you can use when responding:

  1. A) Give a range instead of an exact figure (based on your current salary or industry average). For example, if your current salary is 8000, you can say 10,000 to 15,000.
  2. B) Connect your response to your current salary. For example, you can say, “Well, my current salary is 12000. So I would prefer something above that. What is your offer?”
  3. C) Show that you are not just concerned with salary while also giving a preferred amount. This way you show you are open to considering a lower salary. As an example, you can say something like, “Well, the current industry average is 20,000 but I’m not in it just for the salary. I want a job that provides opportunities for growth and is more challenging than my current role. I like your company culture, manner of management, ethical standards, etc. so I’m open to considering a lower offer from the right employer. What is your offer?”
  4. D) Use the industry average. For example, you can say, “I know this sort of job pays 15000 to 20000. What is your offer?”
  5. E) Give an exact figure. For example, “My expected salary is 22,000. Is that okay with you? What are you offering?” (This option is for those with a stable position who can risk losing a job opportunity because of salary.)

 

Whatever your answer, provide room for negotiation and compromise. For example, if the recruiter offers a salary lower than your expectations, ask for a few days to think it through. Don’t reject the job outright. Instead think it over well, considering all angles. Are there reasons you should accept the job despite the salary? What about other benefits? Do they increase the total value of the offer? Is there a chance for promotion or raise? Is there a commission, bonus, etc.?

 

Also, keep in mind that the industry average is an average. This means that half the salaries in the industry will be lower than that figure and half higher. So, if you’re offered something lower than the industry average, it may well be in line with what others at your level are earning.

 

Finally, other opportunities will come up. Don’t be pressed to accept a job with a salary or working conditions not acceptable to you, but also don’t reject a job simply on the basis of salary. Weigh your options. Is the job one you want so much or is just the right one for your career that you can sacrifice salary for it? If a job is good and provides opportunities for career development, is with a reputable company, and has a top notch management team that will benefit your career and personal growth, accept it even if the salary is not in line with your preferences, provided it isn’t so low that it kills your motivation.

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Struggling to change jobs? Have you thought of this?

Has being stuck at the same job for too long made you lose motivation? Is your job unchallenging, has no space for personal progress, and become a boring routine?  Are you struggling to find a new job but have been unsuccessful?

Have you thought of getting a promotion or finding a different role IN THE SAME COMPANY (or a sister company)? This might be a better and more feasible alternative than to find a job elsewhere, especially if you’re working in a large establishment.

So, speak to your superior about possible options. Find out about available positions and their requirements. If you don’t have the necessary skills / training, make a plan on how to get them. Once you have your goals set out and your plan in place, you’ll see your motivation grow.

Good luck in reaching your career goals and have a happy New Year!

Kokab Rahman -CEO
Radeya Global

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Don’t Overlook the Importance of Your Resume

Your resume and your cover letter are your most important documents that you send to employers.

Along with your cover letter, your resume is important for the success of your job search efforts. Results of your job search efforts depend on these two documents. For this reason, it’s important that they are well-written and professional.

If your resume isn’t well written, it will go directly to trash. Hence, a badly written resume is useless. It isn’t worth the paper it is written on. Equally important is your cover letter. Without a well-written cover letter that highlights your relevant work experience and skills, your resume most likely never gets read.

Here are a few tips to use for ensuring that your resume is well-written:

¯  Formatting is important. Your resume should have a professional layout. This doesn’t mean it should be colorful or fancy. You only need a professional resume design.

¯  It should be error-free. This means no spelling or grammar errors and absolutely no mistakes in details. Not even one. Just as your clothes shouldn’t have a single stain, likewise your resume should be flawless.

¯  Brief is better. Having a brief resume, maximum two pages, is preferred, though it’s okay if it runs to three pages if you have many years of work experience.

¯  It should be clear. Your resume should clearly outline your capabilities and experience. It should tell the recruiter quickly and in a simple manner that you are the right person for the job by listing the important details about your education, experience, skills, and accomplishments. It shouldn’t be cluttered with a lot of irrelevant information.

¯  It should be tailored to the position you are applying for. While your cover letter should be tailored to nearly every job you apply to, your resume should be tailored to the position, not every job.

¯  Never send a generic resume. Your resume should be tailored to the job position. It shouldn’t be a generic “one-type-fits-all” resume. Likewise, don’t send a resume for one job when applying to a different job, unless the two positions are related and one resume can be used for both. So if you’re a copywriter and a teacher, don’t send a copywriter’s resume when applying for a teaching job. But if you’re an accountant and an auditor, you can use one resume for both jobs.

In this case, make sure to use a cover letter tailored to the job you are applying for. Have separate cover letters for each job type you apply to. For example, you’d have separate cover letters for accounting and auditing jobs.

¯  Include relevant jobs on your resume. Don’t include jobs that are not related to the position you are applying for. For example, if you have worked as a waiter in the past, don’t include it on a resume for a receptionist’s job. If you don’t have relevant experience, see if you can use an aspect that is related to the job you are currently applying for. For example, you can say you had experience with customer service.

¯  Most important information first. You know that recruiters spend only a few seconds looking over each resume. Make it easy for the recruiter to see the information you want them to see, information that tells them you are the right candidate for the job, how you qualify for the job, your relevant skills, etc. Don’t include superfluous information at the top, such as personal details, education, etc. Unless you are a fresher, you should list relevant experience first.

¯  Make good use of accomplishments. If you’ve had major achievements, awards, commendations, etc. make sure to include them and in a manner that they are eye-catching.

Once again, because your career depends on your resume and cover letter, don’t overlook their importance. Make sure they are well-written. If you’re using a resume-writing service, make sure they are qualified. Ask about the resume writers’ credentials and sample work. Look at testimonials. If you need to have your resume and or cover letter written, you can rely on our expert resume writers and recruitment consultants. Unsure whether your resume is good enough? Send it to careersrvc@radeya.biz for a free assessment.

For details about our resume writing services, see http://www.radeya.biz
Good luck in your job search.

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Job Hunting Survey

Are you looking for a job?
Respond to the below questions with thorough replies. Three persons will get personal career advice based on their situation.

Are you looking for a job?

If you are job searching, do you currently have a job or are unemployed?

If you are not currently working, are you freelancing? How long have you been out of work? How do you stay attached to your profession?

Are you actively looking for work? What means do you use in your job search? How many hours per week do you spend to look for work?

What are the biggest hurdles you have incurred in job hunting?

At what stage of job hunting, does your progress stop? What are the reasons and what are you doing to over them?

Anything else you want to add? (Thoughts about job hunting, your job hunting experience, advice to other jobseekers, etc.)

Good luck in your job search

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How to Grow Your Small Business on a Budget

The first taste of significant profits can be intoxicating; however, maintaining frugal habits is essential for sustainable growth in a young business.

Source: How to Grow Your Small Business on a Budget

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