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Job research – A practical guide

Looking for a job? Here is our practical guide to all the steps to take to successfully land a job.

Step 1

The first step in finding a job is to look around to find out about all the possibilities available to you. We recommend that you list your areas of interest and be able to recognize your strengths. At this step, also determine your goals and expectations for the job you are looking for. Obviously, your expectations and needs must be compatible with your job searches. Note that you may have to adjust your choices or criteria. Take time to think things through so that you can get all the information you need to make informed choices. 

Step 2

Finding job openings can seem more complicated than it sounds. At this stage, you fill your toolbox. You prepare your CV, your portfolio and a personalized letter of introduction. For starters, your resume is your essential tool in the job search. It is, in fact, a written portrait of you. This tool allows the employer to know, among other things, your previous work experiences, your training, your fields of interest, etc. Often, the information listed on a resume is broken down into categories. Certain categories are essential, for example, your contact details and personal information (name, address, email, telephone number), your training (studies or schooling) by entering the establishments attended and the dates of your training. Also, write down all your work experience, that is to say all the positions you have held and specify the start and end dates of your duties.

Very important to update your profile on social networks, especially on Linkedin.
LinkedIn will be your online tool, it is a social media intended for the professional world. In fact, it’s a bit like your CV, but available to everyone on the web. Many job offers are posted on this platform. It is therefore a tool to be used, both for finding a job and for companies looking for employees.

The key to success is staying professional, so having a social media presence, but not overdoing it.

Step 3

At this step, you start the search.

Of course, in 2021 the best tool for finding job offers is the internet.
There are a multitude of sites for posting job offers. Each platform works in their own way : you can either directly upload your CV and your introduction letter on the site, and send, from the platform, all your information to apply for the offer, or you must contact the employer yourself by email to apply.

Some sites allow you to find offers that match all of your pre-selected criteria, and you can receive email alerts when new jobs enter the site. It is recommended to take a tour of all job sites to not miss an opportunity.

Step 4

Preparing your interview. This step is very important, because it is the moment to showcase your skills and your qualities. Once you have an interview confirmation, be sure to note the date, place and time of the interview. Try to prepare for all kinds of interviews: aptitude tests, personality tests, scenario, etc.). Always learn about the company and the position. Prepare a list of questions to ask the employer. In return, prepare yourself for certain questions that will be asked to you, such as: Why do you want to work with us?, What are your weak points?, What is your salary expectation?, etc. Plan on appropriate clothing, and plan your itinerary to arrive a little early to the interview.

At the time of the interview, make a good impression. Stay calm and confident. Listen and ask questions, it helps to show that you are involved and interested. No matter how the interview went, thank the person interviewing you for their time.

When it is over, follow up on your interview: ask yourself what are the strengths of your meeting, the difficulties encountered, did you forget anything? In short, take stock, while hoping for a positive return.