3 Tips To Keep Your Job Search Relevant
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By Sera Kazungu
How long have you been looking for a job? The longer you have been searching, the more you know that there is a need to keep your job search relevant. This is because after a while,the hustle becomes a routine and job seekers tend to be complacent in their approach.
The Kenyan job market is a very competitive place to be. This is because thousands of fresh graduates are released into the market on a daily basis. As such, every job seeker needs to ensure that they have placed themselves in a position which makes them marketable to potential employers.
How To Keep Your Job Search Relevant
1. Always update your references
More than 65% of job seekers are known to recycle their references for all the jobs that they apply for. According to recruiters, this is the number one reason why most job seekers will not make it past the interview phase.
“References act as important endorsements used by hiring managers as reassurance that you are who you say you are and will do for them what you claim you have done for your previous employers,” says Melody Mwendwa, a Career Advisor & Professional CV Writer at Corporate Staffing Services.
In order for you to ensure that you appear like a serious job seeker, you need to make sure that you update your list of references every time you change a job. This is because after some time, they become irrelevant because you may have worked with them very long ago.
2. Keep yourself up to date on market trends
The job market in Kenya is not a constant one. The trends keep changing and evolving on what seems to be a daily basis. We all live in an ever-changing world. The best way to keep up with change is to stay current.
Begin to acquire new skills, keep abreast of trends and learn everything you can about your current industry. Don’t become complacent or fall asleep at the wheel. Your career needs someone alert to drive it forward
3. Set achievable goals for yourself
80% of fresh graduates will usually go into the job market with very high expectations. While some will expect to immediately start earning a huge salary, others will expect to get managerial jobs just because they excelled at the campus level.
In order to be successful in your job search, you need to set attainable and realistic goals for yourself. In so doing, you will push hard to ensure that you achieve them and this will help you keep track of your progress.
It is not always true that the job search has to be a hustle filled with frustration and disappointment. Being a smart job seeker means that you have to keep your job search relevant in order to come that much closer to your dream job.