It’s time to take control of your job search and your career! Individuals who have the most career success are typically those who take full ownership and control of the direction their career is heading. They do not sit around and wait for the next opportunity to arise or for someone to tell them what they need to do. Instead, they grab hold of their own ideas and passions and build their most successful career. So, what exactly do they do?

Here are five things you need to do to take control of your job search and career:

Look and Plan Ahead

You might not be looking for a job, but there are no hard rules that you should not be looking out. To keep yourself updated with the openings in your industry can land you to a better position. You should not wait till the time comes to begin your search. Keep looking out for opportunities as well as keep updating your resume and revise it regularly. Remember the best time to look out for opportunities when you still have a job and not when you need to.

Have a Strategy

Are you too general in your resume or are you trying to be master of all jacks kind? Well, this strategy sounds like a safe option but leaves the employer in a position where it becomes difficult for him/her to identify a part of the organisation where you will be helpful. Hence, it is always better to have a specific resume and target each job opening separately with little modifications in your resume.

Position Yourself Correctly

Do you consider your target audience when looking for a job? You are known to sell yourself to the employer so your employer is your target audience and you are the product. To position yourself correctly you need to drop the jargon that talks about your current job and use the language of the next one you are approaching.

Target Enough Positions

Are you targeting enough positions? It is like if you are targeting just 2 positions in say 10 companies, it comes out that you are targeting only 20 positions which might or might not be vacant. So you will have wait for 20 people to leave or a new job to be created to target the positions. Spread more and take about 200 positions to target. This increases your probability and reduces your job search time.

Do not waste your days waiting to meet someone for one position. Instead, if you can use the same time to meet more people, it will be more fruitful as a job search.
Spend enough time on your job search. Do not expect to have a productive job search until you spend quality time on it.

Networking is the Key to Successful Job Search

When you are looking for a job, you need to make sure you are in touch with the right people. Leverage your network and get in touch directly with the hiring managers. Use social media to connect with people and increase your knowledge.
Follow up and keep in touch with the network you have created even if you are not looking out. Do not let these disappear.

ABOUT IIBM Institute

IIBM Institute aims at providing more than education in this competitive environment to its candidates, so as they can work towards attaining and achieving higher career growth.

Established in 2008, IIBM began its mission with the sole purpose of imparting professional education to career aspirants even in the remotest corners of India and the world.

The institute offers a wide range of Master Certifications, Executive Programs, Dual Programs and Professional Programs. All the programs have been designed with industry-oriented and updated curriculum considering the real-world business scenarios.

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