Job hunting is a juggling act. However, it is important to keep in mind that finding a job is like a relationship; a two-way street where both you and your future employer need to showcase what they have to offer to keep each other happy.
Here are four important things that people tend to overlook when looking for a job.
Researching the company
Finding out if you understand each other's personality, goals and dreams is something that people often overlook. It could end up costing you time and money when you find that a company is not what you thought it was. Furthermore, it could lead to frustrations that could affect your work. Research the company culture online through interviews they have had in the past and their social media presence to see if you would fit in with the culture. The added benefit of researching them could also give insight into how you should carry yourself during an interview.
Keep track of your applications
Being disorganised when applying for jobs can be costly and also make for embarrassing moments. Imagine a recruiter reaching out to you for a potential interview, but you don't know what company you have applied for or what job position you had applied for because you lost track of the application. While career portals such as Linkedin can help you keep track of where you have applied, this could be harder to keep track of on other career portals.
Instead, focus on keeping track of every application you have submitted and where possible do a follow-up to see if the position has been filled. Doing this will save you time and money.
Go in prepared
Plan, plan, plan. Always keep in mind to do your research not only on the company but the position that they have open. Assess what has been achieved so far and where you can better the company with your skills. Compare your skills to what is required and raise these during the interview. After all, you want to market yourself as a valuable person to have. On the day of your interview, make sure that you have printed copies of your CV along with your research on the company. Have questions ready to ask that are not only relevant to the position, but also the culture.