4 Steps You Need to Make the Job Search Work

One common misconception jobseekers have is that job search consists of just sending applications to potential employers. In truth, it is a multi-step process starting with a good understanding of yourself and the labour market around you.

In this article, expect to:

  • Learn the 4 steps to securing a job
  • Acquire tips to stand out from other candidates
  • Regain your confidence and motivation in job-searching
Road to success
Job search is a multi-step process, beginning with a good understanding of the self
1

Know Yourself

Employers look for candidates who are confident, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and know what they want out of a job.

List down on a sheet of paper

How to go about it

  • Reflect on previous work and volunteer experiences, including hobbies. What do you like or dislike about them?
  • Take the free assessment on VIP24 to holistically discover your Values, Interests, and Personality, and identify possible jobs that match your interests
  • Consult a professional Career Coach for an in-depth profile interpretation and analysis
2

Know the Environment

Just as your VIPS is unique to you, each job you come across has a different set of requirements. When job seeking, check if your VIPS aligns with what the role needs.

Find out these aspects of any potential job:

How to go about it

  • Read the corporate website focusing on their mission, vision, culture
  • Scroll through their corporate social media page
  • Read reviews about the company through websites (e.g. Glassdoor)
  • Arrange an insider informational interview

After Step 2, you are better able to identify a job that fits with your personality, talents, and interests.

3

Acquire Job Search Strategies

A key step in the job search process entails equipping yourself with strategies to make the best impression on potential employers

What you need

  • A strong well-written resume to get your application noticed
  • A unique value proposition on why employers should hire you
Your value proposition forms a powerful identity that sets you apart, and should contain your VIPS. Use Step 1 as your starting point if you’re unsure.

How to go about it

4

Connect With Employers

The final stage would be to connect with employers through networking and job applications.

What you need

  • Tailored job applications submitted on a variety of online job portals
  • A strong network of professional contacts

How to go about it

How confident are you in taking the next step?

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