download (47)People looking for jobs often have many mistaken ideas about job hunting. Generally, that’s due to superfluous knowledge about certain things. Job seekers come to know of half the things from different sources, mainly from word of mouth, and tend to assume the other half in a manner that suits them. All those things encourage people to develop myths about job hunting. Here, we’ll discuss about some such myths:

Myth 1: People think that they stand better chances of getting a job by registering with as many job search sites as possible.

That’s a wrong perception people have! Getting registered with all the possible sites doesn’t prompt employers to get in touch with you and offer you a job. You should also look for job opportunities in newspapers and business magazines. Most newspapers have a special section devoted to jobs, and many trade magazines too follow the same practice.

Myth 2: Employers are not really keen to employ people who have been changing jobs very frequently.

People who keep changing jobs frequently are considered to be unsure of them. It’s but natural for the employers to question a job seeker what prompted him to change job from one company to another. So, you should be prepared to give a logical reason for your action. Employers do understand that everybody wants to rise further in his career to earn more money by acquiring additional skills and be successful in life. It’s imprudent to keep working in the same job for any number of years if you are getting better opportunities somewhere else. Changing a job for better opportunities is not an issue at all with any employer. Yet, one should avoid working for too short a period, of say less than one year.

Myth 3: A cover letter isn’t really necessary while applying for a job.

A cover letter precedes your resume of which it’s an integral and important part. Employers do go through cover letters. However, at times, the recruiter may ask candidates not to include any cover letter. Only in such cases you need not enclose the same. A well-prepared cover letter tells the prospective employer what you are looking for, and how well you are qualified for that job.

Myth 4: Mailing your cover letter and resume ensures you an interview with the employer.

You should know that companies receive a lot of applications almost every day. Nobody has the time and patience to thoroughly go through all of them. So, having forwarded your application, you shouldn’t be sitting and waiting for the company to approach you. If you are confident that you are very well-suited for the post you applied for, you should follow-up with the company. Don’t hesitate to call them up to inquire the status. It’s not easy to get jobs these days. It often helps to request for a personal interview, especially when you are confident of your capabilities. Even otherwise, there’s no harm in requesting for an interview with the employer. Who knows, you may still get that job!

 

download (45)If you are looking for a job or considering a change of career, you need to find more than one way of finding job in today’s technology driven world that is going through an economic downtrend. You certainly need to maximize your chances of getting job by knowing more about the ways that present day jobseekers are employing for finding jobs. Simply put, you can no more depend upon just continuing with the ‘situation vacant’ ads.

Online Job Search Websites

If you go online, you’ll find a large variety of websites, all designed to help you find job listings. Many of those sites allow you to post your resume free of charge, but there are others which charge you for uploading your resume. The kind of site you may use for getting a job will most likely be decided by the field you are working in, and the level at which you want to work now.

How Are People Looking for Jobs?

It is estimated that, these days, ten percent of people find their next job through the Internet. The reasons for that could be that they scan job search websites of the kind of Craigslist.com and Monster.com, or they found an opening on the company’s website. Though that percentage is high, the fact remains that ninety percent of people fail to find jobs using the net. That means people to find additional ways of finding jobs.

A majority of job seekers looking for jobs in the mid-range are spending half of their time looking for jobs online and mailing their applications. Now, that’s not a bad proposition, but the problem is that frequently job search websites don’t contain the latest available jobs, and many of the listed jobs you may apply for might have already been filled. Certainly, there are more efficient ways of utilizing your time by putting a slightly more effort on your part in your job searches.

What Are the Other Ways to Finding Jobs?

Apart from making use of job search websites, you should also spend time networking with people who can be helpful in finding you a job. That’s not a difficult thing to do, with social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to help you out. Of course, it demands more of your time and effort, but you’ll appreciate that the quality of job openings that you come to know of this way is most often much better than what you get informed through job search websites.

How to increase your chances?

Are you aware that about eighty percent of employers would do a search for you while they are processing applications received for any job? That’s because they find it a convenient way of ignoring people with any clear issues. That means it is time that you looked through your personal Google results. Simply, Google your own name and view the results! If you observe plenty of doubtful or unhelpful information, you need to spend time and work upon improving your online reputation before you start searching job websites.

 

images (18)More than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 from the year 2000 are gone, according to Capgemini, either bankrupt, acquired or simply wiped out of existence. Digital disruption is largely responsible for this shift, proving that a business’s approach to technology, or a failure to embrace and exploit it, has very real competitive consequences.

This has had a massive impact on the role of IT. Traditionally, ‘keeping the green lights on’ as cost-effectively as possible was the overarching mandate, with success measured by the lack of downtime. Today, the perception of the cloud as a silver bullet for enabling business agility means technical teams are increasingly tasked with creative innovation and making digital a vehicle for delivering strategic value. However, the spectre of legacy casts a long shadow across these thoroughly modern aspirations.

The morning after the night before

One Chief Information Officer recently quoted this as “like trying to climb a mountain with a hangover”, scaling the heights of digital advantage with a serious tech headache, weighed down by the heavy, inflexible baggage of past priorities. The promise of cloud is alluring (armed with a credit card and a few spare hours, you can conjure up as many instances in Amazon Web Services as you like), but for many businesses, cloud’s potential sets unrealistic expectations that ignore the gap between where they are now and where they want to be.

Moving mountains

The new Chief Information Officer job description is transformative and does not include wondering whether the green lights are on or off. Speed to market is the priority, and Chief Information Officer’s are racing to capitalise on the opportunities offered by managed cloud services in a rapidly evolving ecosystem.

But simply approaching the challenge in the same way they always have (redeploying existing resources to manage new-world environments) is highly unlikely to be the hair of the dog.

Getting ahead of the game sustainably requires a change in approach for most non-Generation Z businesses. Organisations need to create the space to build an authentic and consistent culture of innovation, allowing them to compete with fresh, unencumbered new market entrants.

Shaking it off with specialists

Considered engagement of specialist, experienced cloud partners along the trail is a typical feature of new-world Chief Information Officer strategy. This naturally accelerates and de-risks change, removing legacy dependencies and roadblocks on the path to the top.

These partners act as trusted terrain guides, collaborating with organisations to deliver agility, security and ultimately, orienting the business towards its desired outcomes. Ongoing managed cloud services additionally enable Chief Information Officer’s and their teams to focus on the right priorities on a permanent basis: enhancing customer experience and developing internal talent. In short, specialist managed cloud service providers empower businesses to achieve complete benefit realisation, which in turn creates a competitive edge.

 

download (46)It’s quite rare to come across people who got their first job soon after having applied for it. Perhaps, as a teenager, you had a neighbor in business whom you asked for a job and he hired you, but these days job searches are not so simple or so quick to come by.

Getting hired needs continued efforts. Normally, it requires facing many interviews and getting rejected at times. In the process, you keep learning and are often required to modify and widen your approach many times.

Knowing the kind of job you are looking for and how to effectively search for such jobs helps reducing stress and enables you to continue with renewed efforts and a positive approach. There are many jobs available, and you have many options too. If you continue to be patient and diligent in your efforts, it’s not difficult to get an opportunity for the right job.

It should not be difficult for you to understand that the simpler it is to apply for a job, the more difficult it becomes for you to get noticeable. Look at it this way: you may choose to send hundreds of resumes to online job boards by merely clicking on the mouse, but don’t forget thousands of others may also do the same thing. That means you’ll be required to face a tough competition. Now, that’s not a good strategy for finding jobs.

Ask your friends and relatives how they got their jobs. It may surprise you to learn that most of them got one through a known person, like a friend or friend of a friend, or on recommendation of somebody. Follow the same approach and you are on the right track for getting a job. It’s proven that networking delivers results.

Regularly devote some time to learn how to make networking better for you. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations and help wherever possible. Even after getting a job, remain active with your networking, for you can’t say when you might discover a better opportunity through your network.

You need to have a positive approach while hunting for a job, and understand that though you require a job, the likely employer has the same or greater requirements. They have a vacancy to fill, challenges to be met and clients to be taken care of. You need to convince the employer that you have the necessary qualifications and skills for solving his problems before you get hired.

There is no magical way for hunting jobs. Nothing on its own can guarantee a successful job search. A professionally written and outstanding resume alone can’t guarantee you a job, nor can your terrific performance at the time of the interview assure you success. You’ll also realize that the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get a job.

The final decision of the recruiting manager is influenced by many factors. At times, some internal politics may come to play. Perhaps the selected candidate attended the right school. Maybe the employer you worked for in some way harmed the recruiting manager or someone known to him. Or he may get a feeling the other candidate would go along better with the present team. Many times, it’s concluded that the chosen contender was more amiable and considered to be more enjoyable to work with.

The conclusion is to keep smiling during your interview, tell your achievements that can be connected to needs of the prospective employer, don’t ever talk ill of anybody, and do convey your enthusiasm for that post. If the hiring manager is sure of your positive attitude and finds you pleasant, in all probability he will prefer to hire you.