Job hunting can be a stressful experience, and everybody approaches it in a different way. But looking at it as a positive and exciting opportunity can be the first step towards a success story.
In fact, positivity is one of the most important attributes of a successful job seeker. Although it may seem daunting, maintaining a positive attitude throughout the entire job hunting experience, will be viewed favourably by recruiters. It will also help you make a great first impression, and appear conscientious and affable.
We asked Naomi, from CharityRecruit, what she thought:
“Finding commonality amongst successful jobseekers isn’t hard but it’s important to recognise that this is far more to do with approach and outlook, than skillset. Successful job seekers tend to be positive and motivated with a clear focus on what they hope to achieve from their careers. It’s important to have clarity about what you want to accomplish – rather than floundering and potentially settling for the first position that comes your way. Alongside this, successful jobseekers are prepared – they know about the organisations they’re approaching and have thoroughly researched how they match the job/person specifications.”
-Naomi, Recruitment Consultant at CharityRecruit
Motivation is an equally important attribute of successful job seekers. Successful job seekers will often dedicate several hours a day to doing research, and writing cover letters and applications. This committed and conscientious approach will greatly increase your chances of getting through to the interview stage. This is where the hard work really starts- preparing for interviews and getting ready to sell yourself.
As Naomi states, clarity is also an important, although sometimes overlooked, quality. Successful candidates have done their own personal analysis and are clear on exactly what type of role they want.
Achieve clarity by assessing your own goals and experience, and consider your priorities, limitations and passions. The charity sector is full of engaging and rewarding roles, so it’s important to know exactly where you want to focus your energy. A jobseeker who has clarity is likely to be successful, because they have a focused and targeted approach to the job hunt.
Successful job seekers are also prepared. They will have thoroughly researched the charity, the key staff, their recent campaigns, and their mission. They will understand who or what the charity aims to help, and their approach to doing this. Successful job seekers will also do lots of practice- speaking answers to likely interview questions out loud, and maybe in front of a friend or family member. This will help increase your confidence, which is crucial to helping sell yourself in interview.
At CharityJob we see lots of successful candidates upload their CVs and fill out their profiles, so they’re ready to apply for a job as soon as they see it. These job seekers are also great at showing their passion, and are adaptable. They are willing to step out of their comfort zones; perhaps by taking their application digital and setting up a LinkedIn account to share on their CVs. Successful candidates never stop looking for new opportunities or strategies, and are always willing to learn.
So remember the secret ingredients to a successful job hunt: be positive, motivated, have clarity, and be prepared.
Finally, successful jobseekers never forget the importance of a great first impression, whether that’s the interviewer, or the receptionist they meet when they first arrive!
Naomi is a Recruitment Consultant