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The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by ReventifyCV: 10:27am On Aug 23
Before I go into the details of how you can land the job you want in any market – no matter the economic situation – I have something to tell you. And that’s that you need to have a clear understanding of why your current job search strategy of looking for jobs online cannot work in this modern age. Here are some of the reasons why you may have to rethink searching for jobs online.
1. Technology has made it easy for everyone and anyone to submit a job application; hence, you’re competing with thousands of qualified and unqualified candidates.
2. Everyone is job hunting, including those that have jobs. It’s funny but true. Not everyone is satisfied with their current job.
3. The average time employees stay in one job is two years, so a growing number of candidates bid for a single job opening.
4. 70% of all jobs are not posted online. You have to build the necessary network to learn about job openings.
5. Most people don’t sell themselves during the application process.
6. You could be inadvertently sending the wrong impression.
7. Applying for highly competitive roles without industry connections/referrals could be a waste of your precious time. Referrals are getting more important in the selection process than ever before.

The Complete Short Guide You Need to Help You Land your Dream Job
There’s a different way to go about online job applications. If you want to beat the competition and get the job you’ve always wanted, here are some tips to significantly increase your chances of landing the job.

1. Submit A Tailored CV
One of the first things to tweak is your CV. You have to stop the lazy habit of sending out generalized or roughly prepared CVs. If you want to land a job among the sea of applicants, your CV must speak well of you. By merely scanning through a CV, hiring managers can know if you worked hard and smart on it. Therefore, hack #1 is to create and submit a tailored, made application. Now, bear in mind that your CV must include optimized keywords specific to the job you’re applying for. Including optimized keywords will help your CV pass the ATS screening and get to the recruiter’s table. Without optimized keywords, you can as well kiss the job goodbye.

2. Find Out Who the Hiring Manager Is
Don’t just blindly apply for a job online without knowing who the hiring manager is. Do your possible best to find out who the job poster or hiring manager is. From there, try to get their email address or LinkedIn InMail and send them a personal note. You can get this information by connecting with the company’s employees on LinkedIn or finding someone in your network who can refer you. This is amongst the many reasons why I advocate for having a career plan. Connecting with the hiring manager this way requires some work, and it’s not sustainable if you’re applying to 50 companies. So, know what you want and go after it as if your life depends on it!

3. Visit the Hiring Manager at the Office
If you don’t get a response after sending the email or message, you can opt to visit the hiring manager at the office. Although this sounds creepy but trust me, I’ve done this before, and it worked! It’s a bold move you should be willing to take if you’re desperate about landing the job. All you need to say is, “I’m here for an interview for the position of _____ with _____.” The confused hiring manager would have no choice but to come to see who it is that is waiting to see them. And when you meet, you can pitch yourself! That said, you must have an already prepared pitch and memorized it so much that it flows out of your mouth naturally.

4. Find Mutual Connections on Facebook
Sometimes, the odds might be so stacked against you that nothing has worked till now. So, if the above methods don’t work, don’t give up just yet. Get on the internet and begins some crazy search. It’s a small world we live in – a world made “smaller” through the internet’s connecting power. Log in to Facebook and search for a mutual connection on Facebook. Facebook is the social media app of choice because most people have real friends and family connections on Facebook and not LinkedIn. It’s possible that you may know someone that has direct contact with the hiring manager and would be able to put in a nice word on your behalf.

5. Never Forget that Resilience Pays Off
Never forget that resilience pays off! Keep trying and looking for a way – you’ll surely find one. Be resilient at whatever you do – connecting with people, following up on job applications, and the likes. Remain positive and realistic while going after the job of your dreams!

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by VoltageDivida(m): 10:38am On Aug 23
I like the way you emphasized on the importance of connections.

The whole writeup can be summarized to saying, find a way to know the hiring manager, directly or by connect.
That's what's hindering some of us from getting jobs.

I am an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate. I have experience in solar power systems, electrical installations, electronics and computer systems repairs.

Please help me get a job. God bless you as you do. Amen!

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Nehyooh(m): 12:21pm On Aug 23
INSIGHTFUL !
THANKS !

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by SimplyFacts: 1:04pm On Aug 23
Insightful

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by DropsMic(m): 1:04pm On Aug 23
...

All na luck
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Olarewaju89: 1:05pm On Aug 23
Very deep. Thanks

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by NaijaCoverBlog(m): 1:06pm On Aug 23
Ok

NAIJA COVER is still on the game of posting different type of news.
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Ngasky(m): 1:06pm On Aug 23
Dedication and perseverance
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Olarewaju89: 1:06pm On Aug 23
Deathisfree:
Bull shit

undecided

Go and learn how to respond to things.

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by TechNana(f): 1:07pm On Aug 23
Sorry to say but the steps you posted up there is almost as rigorous as searching for an offline job, not even applicable to freelancers or just a whole lot...

This is one of the reasons why Im trying to equip myself before I get done with school because I can't imagine myself going through things like this just in search of a job...

Imagine sitting at home and brainstorming on how to get mutual friends on Facebook to a hiring manager of a company that might end up not employing you... Having headache at the thought of it already...

The best way to succeed in a terrible job market is to create a job for yourself first before hunting for an extra job at your spare time, while building yourself alongside...

Take it or leave it, the person/company you're working for today once spent his/her/their time to create job for him or herself, and employs you to work for em thereby paying you for your time only...

The best advice is to tell unemployed guys to work on themselves , the earlier the better...

I started working myself from a more younger age, I'm in my final year and I can boldly say, I'd rather employee my coursemate ( who would love to sell their time to me on a salary base ) after school than working for anyone or company...

Well you too can start too the earlier the better...

You can make the difference...

See the link below

https://www.nairaland.com/6705451

Tech is boo, I'm the bae wink

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Seniorwriter(m): 1:07pm On Aug 23
Nice but not applicable for freelancers or Online(remote) job situations.


@SENIORWRITER

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by bitcoinlord: 1:09pm On Aug 23
Well said

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Deathisfree: 1:09pm On Aug 23
grin
Olarewaju89:


undecided

Go and learn how to respond to things.
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Nefort: 1:12pm On Aug 23
If everyone follows all these steps the truth is there still wouldn't be enough jobs to go round.
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Skillsnigeria: 1:13pm On Aug 23
Hmmm
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by martinz23(m): 1:20pm On Aug 23
Nice write up but not applicable to Federal and state government jobs

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by livebyday(m): 1:46pm On Aug 23
ReventifyCV:
Before I go into the details of how you can land the job you want in any market – no matter the economic situation – I have something to tell you. And that’s that you need to have a clear understanding of why your current job search strategy of looking for jobs online cannot work in this modern age. Here are some of the reasons why you may have to rethink searching for jobs online.
1. Technology has made it easy for everyone and anyone to submit a job application; hence, you’re competing with thousands of qualified and unqualified candidates.
2. Everyone is job hunting, including those that have jobs. It’s funny but true. Not everyone is satisfied with their current job.
3. The average time employees stay in one job is two years, so a growing number of candidates bid for a single job opening.
4. 70% of all jobs are not posted online. You have to build the necessary network to learn about job openings.
5. Most people don’t sell themselves during the application process.
6. You could be inadvertently sending the wrong impression.
7. Applying for highly competitive roles without industry connections/referrals could be a waste of your precious time. Referrals are getting more important in the selection process than ever before.

The Complete Short Guide You Need to Help You Land your Dream Job
There’s a different way to go about online job applications. If you want to beat the competition and get the job you’ve always wanted, here are some tips to significantly increase your chances of landing the job.

1. Submit A Tailored CV
One of the first things to tweak is your CV. You have to stop the lazy habit of sending out generalized or roughly prepared CVs. If you want to land a job among the sea of applicants, your CV must speak well of you. By merely scanning through a CV, hiring managers can know if you worked hard and smart on it. Therefore, hack #1 is to create and submit a tailored, made application. Now, bear in mind that your CV must include optimized keywords specific to the job you’re applying for. Including optimized keywords will help your CV pass the ATS screening and get to the recruiter’s table. Without optimized keywords, you can as well kiss the job goodbye.

2. Find Out Who the Hiring Manager Is
Don’t just blindly apply for a job online without knowing who the hiring manager is. Do your possible best to find out who the job poster or hiring manager is. From there, try to get their email address or LinkedIn InMail and send them a personal note. You can get this information by connecting with the company’s employees on LinkedIn or finding someone in your network who can refer you. This is amongst the many reasons why I advocate for having a career plan. Connecting with the hiring manager this way requires some work, and it’s not sustainable if you’re applying to 50 companies. So, know what you want and go after it as if your life depends on it!

3. Visit the Hiring Manager at the Office
If you don’t get a response after sending the email or message, you can opt to visit the hiring manager at the office. Although this sounds creepy but trust me, I’ve done this before, and it worked! It’s a bold move you should be willing to take if you’re desperate about landing the job. All you need to say is, “I’m here for an interview for the position of _____ with _____.” The confused hiring manager would have no choice but to come to see who it is that is waiting to see them. And when you meet, you can pitch yourself! That said, you must have an already prepared pitch and memorized it so much that it flows out of your mouth naturally.

4. Find Mutual Connections on Facebook
Sometimes, the odds might be so stacked against you that nothing has worked till now. So, if the above methods don’t work, don’t give up just yet. Get on the internet and begins some crazy search. It’s a small world we live in – a world made “smaller” through the internet’s connecting power. Log in to Facebook and search for a mutual connection on Facebook. Facebook is the social media app of choice because most people have real friends and family connections on Facebook and not LinkedIn. It’s possible that you may know someone that has direct contact with the hiring manager and would be able to put in a nice word on your behalf.

5. Never Forget that Resilience Pays Off
Never forget that resilience pays off! Keep trying and looking for a way – you’ll surely find one. Be resilient at whatever you do – connecting with people, following up on job applications, and the likes. Remain positive and realistic while going after the job of your dreams!


Total jargon

Just have connection. No one cares how presentable your CV is if you have connection.

If you like use crayon and scribble your CV on toilet paper with connection (! Nigeria the job is yours .

I know people who didn't write their CV themselves because they don't even know how to create a CV ... Someone wrote it for them and submitted it with the right complimentary card attached ..

Calls were made behind the scene and the job was given to him in his house while he was playing video games...

Nigeria your resume is irrelevant, your interview question answering skills is pointless. Just have connection

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by donestk(m): 1:47pm On Aug 23
Good. Side hustles also work.

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by NapoleonHill: 1:53pm On Aug 23
livebyday:
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[s]Total jargon

Just have connection. No one cares how presentable your CV is if you have connection.

If you like use crayon and scribble your CV on toilet paper with connection (! Nigeria the job is yours .

I know people who didn't write their CV themselves because they don't even know how to create a CV ... Someone wrote it for them and submitted it with the right complimentary card attached ..

Calls were made behind the scene and the job was given to him in his house while he was playing video games...

Nigeria your resume is irrelevant, your interview question answering skills is pointless. Just have connection


The most useless advise on the surface of the planet. 'Just have connection' as if connection is sold at Oyingbo market.

If I had listened to people as you, I probably will still be job-hunting and begging around to be recommended.

I never gave out my CV to anyone but got a good job by the Nigerian standard. Polish your CV, brush up rusty knowledge, apply and pray for luck. Connection has failed a lot of people. It will continue to.
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Angelawhite(m): 2:04pm On Aug 23
TechNana:
Sorry to say but the steps you posted up there is almost as rigorous as searching for an offline job, not even applicable to freelancers or just a whole lot...

This is one of the reasons why Im trying to equip myself before I get done with school because I can't imagine myself going through things like this just in search of a job...

Imagine sitting at home and brainstorming on how to get mutual friends on Facebook to a hiring manager of a company that might end up not employing you... Having headache at the thought of it already...

The best way to succeed in a terrible job market is to create a job for yourself first before hunting for an extra job at your spare time, while building yourself alongside...

Take it or leave it, the person/company you're working for today once spent his/her/their time to create job for him or herself, and employs you to work for em thereby paying you for your time only...

The best advice is to tell unemployed guys to work on themselves , the earlier the better...

I started working myself from a more younger age, I'm in my final year and I can boldly say, I'd rather employee my coursemate ( who would love to sell their time to me on a salary base ) after school than working for anyone or company...

Well you too can start too the earlier the better...

You can make the difference...

See the link below

https://www.nairaland.com/6705451

Tech is boo, I'm the bae wink

Can we meet ?
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Angelawhite(m): 2:05pm On Aug 23
First is adding value to yourself. A lot of people think graduating with a 2:1 or first class is enough to land you a job. Lol. Employers don wise. Employers want skills - proven skills. How much have you got ?

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Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by TechNana(f): 2:20pm On Aug 23
Angelawhite:


Can we meet ?

If "meet" reasons good enough, then why not?
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by livebyday(m): 3:05pm On Aug 23
NapoleonHill:


The most useless advise on the surface of the planet. 'Just have connection' as if connection is sold at Oyingbo market.

If I had listened to people as you, I probably will still be job-hunting and begging around to be recommended.

I never gave out my CV to anyone but got a good job by the Nigerian standard. Polish your CV, brush up rusty knowledge, apply and pray for luck. Connection has failed a lot of people. It will continue to.

Well you won't be the first to say this so

Have at it
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Hassanmaye(m): 3:26pm On Aug 23
livebyday:
[s][/s]

Total jargon

Just have connection. No one cares how presentable your CV is if you have connection.

If you like use crayon and scribble your CV on toilet paper with connection (! Nigeria the job is yours .

I know people who didn't write their CV themselves because they don't even know how to create a CV ... Someone wrote it for them and submitted it with the right complimentary card attached ..

Calls were made behind the scene and the job was given to him in his house while he was playing video games...

Nigeria your resume is irrelevant, your interview question answering skills is pointless. Just have connection
hahahhahahaha I. Don't want to laugh but I have to, look at how you cancel his hard work grin grin
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Angelawhite(m): 3:32pm On Aug 23
TechNana:


If "meet" reasons good enough, then why not?

Well, I don’t know if it is in your books. How do I contact you ?
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by TechNana(f): 3:54pm On Aug 23
Angelawhite:


Well, I don’t know if it is in your books. How do I contact you ?

My Instagram handle at signature then
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Hotzone(m): 4:27pm On Aug 23
The worst job is providing security for politician
Re: The Guide To Succeeding In A Terrible Job Market by Istan2020: 5:40pm On Aug 23
VoltageDivida:
I like the way you emphasized on the importance of connections.

The whole writeup can be summarized to saying, find a way to know the hiring manager, directly or by connect.
That's what's hindering some of us from getting jobs.

I am an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate. I have experience in solar power systems, electrical installations, electronics and computer systems repairs.

Please help me get a job. God bless you as you do. Amen!
Send me a DM if you're in Lagos

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