The Job-search process may be compared to a full-time job. There are many aspects to be considered such as making a CV, a cover letter, registering with recruitment agencies and many other things. Before undertaking these things it is advisable to engage in a little bit of self-examination and to ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I want?
- Where does my interest lie?
- What qualities do I have?
- What kind of job is suitable for me?
- What are my strengths?
These are questions that are suitable for all those who for some reason are in between jobs, changing jobs or are entering the labour market for the first time. The purpose with searching for the answers within yourself is to facilitate the job search and selecting a job. The better an individual knows himself or herself and the better he or she is able to present the information about himself or herself the greater the possibilities one has to get a suitable job.
Good preparation is the key to success.
It may turn out to be difficult for some to realise what kind of operating environment is most suitable for them, and in such instances it would have been preferable to take a career interest survey. It may support people to figure out their interest and in what kind of operating environment they want to work.
The Directorate of Labour offers you a career interest survey free of charge. Please contact the nearest service office in order to find out when the next career interest survey is being offered. You dont need to register, just show up at the announced time and fill out the survey. The results will then be available the following week and you will then get a detailed interview with a counsellor.
Tips regarding the job search
Searching for a job is time consuming and demanding, you need to give yourself time for this. The best thing to do is to consider the job search as being like any other kind of work.
It is advisable to aim at applying for a definite number of jobs per week.
By all means apply for all the jobs that you can imagine working at, whether for short term or long term.
It may take time to get the desired job. It is a good idea to write down on paper which other jobs may be interesting and then apply for them. It is always easier to obtain the dream job when you have a job.
If you dont get a reply from an employer after you have applied for a job, then you may call or send an e-mail and get information about the situation.
Follow up: Maintain the job search process by recording the following information
- The job vacancy advertisement (if following an advertisement).
- Name of the company you apply to.
- The position or job title applied for.
- Information about contact person at the company; name, telephone, e-mail address.
- Full-time work ratio.
- Date of application.
- Deadline for the application.
- How the application came about (through adverticement, by suggestion, contact network, other).
Status of application; declined, interview, other.