There are a variety of strategies you may use when conducting a job search. The two primary goals are to locate job vacancies and identify employers. Searching for a job can be thought of as a full-time job. This is why it is important to perform a self-evaluation to determine what it is you want to do and then be active and proactive in your job search. Chances are an employer is not going to find you, but you need to make sure you are actively seeking them.
To effectively sell yourself as a job candidate, you need to persuade the employer you are a good fit for that employer’s needs. You cannot present yourself as a match if you do not know enough about the employer to do so. In interviews, employers expect you to arrive with knowledge of background information—products and services, financial statistics, locations, mission and history, and company culture. You have to be able to answer the critical question of why you would like to work for that employer—and not sound like you would take any job. Research also helps you formulate intelligent and appropriate questions to ask in your interview.
As social media is becoming a preferred method of communication, employers are increasingly looking at candidates’ social media sites. In fact, one third of all employers use social media in the hiring process. Employers can use the information found on your social media to determine your professionalism, your character, and skills. This can help you get an interview but it can also prevent you from getting the interview. Be sure to check your social media pages before conducting your job search. View your pages through the perspective of a potential employer.
Salary negotiation takes tact, skill, and research. Don’t forget that salary is not the only factor in taking an offer. Benefits, cost-of-living, geographic location, work environment, and corporate culture also need to be considered. Look at the whole picture. While doing your research, you need to also figure out what you’re worth before you start to negotiate. In order to evaluate your options, you should clearly identify what you want and what you need.
Here are some aspects of the job to weigh:
Successful and realistic negotiations embrace five principles based on the knowledge that the salary you begin a job with reflects your value to an organization and typically determines future salary increases. These five principles are:
Students who are interested in working abroad should use Going Global to research countries and opportunities available. Login information is the same as your Truman username and password.
Students who are interested in working in the Arts industry can use ArtSearch. To obtain the login credentials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.