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Fundamentals of Effective Job Search

Looking for a job is essentially a hunt for information. Everything you know about how to look for information is of use to you in your job-hunt. Following steps will provide a framework that will help you in finding a suitable job:

Assess yourself by identifying your own skills, talents, and interests:
Know yourself. Have a strong sense of who you are. Know your assets and how to market them to employers.
To know more about assessing yourself click here to go to the section ‘Identifying your Calling’.

Research businesses and job trends:
Make a list of possible occupations which you would like to pursue, write them down and list information for each career area. The information collected on each career should include:
  • Job titles
  • Job Descriptions
  • Qualification Requirements (Degrees, skills etc)
  • Responsibilities and activities
  • Work environment
  • Accessibility factors (Location, assistance in the form of assistive technologies, etc)
  • Growth opportunities
  • Employment trends in the past years

Make use of library resources, and read trade and business publications, find out about the advantages/disadvantages associated with the field.

Arrange for a meeting with a person who is already in the field you want to get in:
An interaction with a person who is already working in the field will give you an opportunity to get a glimpse of what you would be getting into once you get the job. Always prepare yourself with questions you want to ask and doubts you want cleared. Questions should be focussed, like how to prepare yourself to get in the field, what are the entry-level positions and what type of skills and abilities one requires to get the job done, what opportunities are there for professional development, etc.

The object of this meeting is to forearm yourself with relevant information that will enable you to get a better insight of the proposed career you want to get into.

After the meeting don’t forget to write a thank you note.
With clarity in your mind about the career prospects and your interest in the field still prevailing, you are now set to chart your way ahead.

List potential employers
List down the names of organisations and people you would like to contact for possible recruitment. The best places to look for organisations in your preferred work area are – directories, trade associations, newspapers, public documents, and internet.

Making the Call:
Next step is to call on the people and organisations you have listed. You can make calls through -

1. Intermediaries – Placement consultants are a good channel for approaching your preferred organisations. They provide you with expertise in dealing with such organisations and may also provide value added services such as help in writing your resume and preparing you for the interview.

Two such intermediaries are Anubhuti HR Solutions for Differently Abled and Enable India

2. Cold Calls – Over phone or email you can directly contact a relevant person in the organisation, whom you don’t know, like the Human Resource Manager in a chosen company and enquire about job openings.

3. Networking – Contact people you know and inform them that you are looking for a job so that they can keep a lookout for a suitable opening in the organisation they work in or in their own network.

Anubhuti HR Solutions for Differently Abled
Contact Person: Ms Anubhuti Mittal
Post Box – 3619 Lajpat Nagar Post Office,
New Delhi 110 024,
India.
Tel: From within NCR: 95-124-5567055
Tel: From any other place: 0124 – 5567055
Cell: + 91 – 9811607754
Email: amittal@anubhuti.in

Enable India
Contact Person: Ms Shanti Raghavan
Address: #694, 6A Cross, Koramangala 3rd Block, Bangalore 34
Tel: 080 511 01390 / 98453 13919
Email: shanti@enable-india.org, enableindia@yahoo.co.in
Website: www.enable-india.org

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