10 Step Guide To Getting A Job

By Tyler Malcolm · May 12, 2021

1. Plan of Attack

Do not rush during a job search and apply to roles that you have zero interest in. This lacklustre approach will likely guarantee rejection, and in the unlikely event, you do get the role you will not enjoy it. Slow down, take time to identify your skills and interests in the type of job you’re looking for. Reflect on your confidence levels, consider how equipped you are with summarising your strengths. 

2. Refresh

Step 2 is similar to the first but more detailed. While job hunting you are marketing yourself to potential employers. Do you know what you are selling? What are you looking for? Are certain job titles more relevant to you? Can you list and highlight your main skills with evidence to back it up? Do not apply to anything without answering these questions. Considering writing a career plan or map.

3. Get Ready For Rejection

Rejection is common, with today’s economy prepare for a lot of rejection. This may be an obvious step however if prepared correctly you will maintain your confidence level thus avoid becoming desperate and failing into what was discussed in step 1. Squandering your time and effort applying to outside your skill range roles which you are unlikely to get a response.

4. Update/Build Your CV

Your CV should be an accurate, relevant and recent representation of your work history and experience, while directly addressing the skills that are most relevant to the roles you’ll be applying for. If relevant include education history and highlight any transferable skills like time management, communication, and leadership. Don’t forget your name, number and a professional email address. If possible get CV feedback from someone in the field you wish to work in. 

5. Elevator Pitch

Create your own ‘elevator pitch.’ Elevator pitch means having a summary about yourself memorized to approximately 30 seconds. Who are you, why do you want to work in that industry, what do you enjoy about that field? This summary should showcase your personality and tell an employer what you bring to the table. Practise and perfect it! 

6. Tune Your Online Presence 

Before embarking on the job hunt make sure you clean up your online presence. Tidy up or lock any social media accounts that you may not want an employer to view. Also, use a work-related professional website like Linkedin to build your online presence and network. 

7. Begin The Search

You must be thinking six steps before I begin to apply? The answer is, Yes! The previous steps build the foundation which will save you time and making you more efficient. Don’t take too long on steps 1-6 however they should not be rushed. Create a list of companies you’d like to work for, using your list to research employers online. Sign up to get email notifications for new job openings immediately after they are posted. There are various apps, widgets and tools available to help you expedite your job search. If you have worked in the field before, use the network you’ve created, however, don’t limit it to previous colleagues. Connect with everyone you know, because you never know which contact may be able to help with your job search or put you in touch with someone who can.

8. Prepare For The Interview

Take time in advance to prepare for the interview will greatly increase your chances of success. The more preparation you put in the less stressful the whole experience will be. Research the company before doing the interview. Search online for potential interview questions, practise answering and asking the interviewer questions. Dress appropriately, make a concerted effort to impress the interviewer with what you bring to the table. 

9. Don’t Forget To Follow Up

An important step is to follow up after the interview with everyone you met. If you could not answer any questions during the interview make sure to get back to them with that answer. Also, reiterate your interest in the position and remind the interviewer/manager, why you are perfect for them. 

10. Accept (Or  Decline) Job Offer

When receiving the job offer, take your time before accepting or rejecting it. Evaluate the offer and see if it is what you want or needs. There is no necessary requirement for accepting a job offer because it was offered to you. If you do decide to decline the offer, do so politely keep in mind that it is best to keep a good relationship with the employer even if you decline. Lastly, you might be able to negotiate extra perks that could make the job more enticing.