How to find a Job: Get 5 Jobs In 12 Months

Getting a job might seem impossible because job searching can be really exhausting, stressful and result in mental issues. According to NCBI 2020 review, 9% – 82% of people experience impostor syndrome. You will learn the secret on how to find a job in 2021 and beyond. In order to get a job 10X faster, you need working job search strategies.

Overview of Unemployment in Nigeria

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Nigeria unemployment rate rose to 33.3% as seen in the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics. The unemployment rate among young people rose from 34.9% to 42.5% in the fourth quarter of 2020.

StearsBusiness said, Nigeria produces over 500, 000 graduates annually but only 39% are able to acquire a job. Qz predicted that unemployment will triple in Nigeria by 2050.

PS: The unemployment rate experienced increments across 70% of all countries worldwide just like Nigeria.

Here is the summary of job search strategies that will get you at least 5 jobs in 12 months.

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How to find a job in 2021?

Listed below is the step by step guide on how to find a job in 2021 and beyond.

  • Identify your drive force.
  • Conduct research.
  • Develop specific skills related to the researched job.
  • Build an online portfolio.
  • Create an irresistible resume/cv.
  • Apply to multiple jobs you are qualified for.
  • Network your way into interviews.
  • Pass the interview.
  • Salary negotiation.
  • Accept the offer.

Identify your drive force.

There is a need to identify your driving force. Your drive force is the reason behind you finding your next job. Drive forces can be money, social protection, social inclusion, diversity, relevance in the workplace, personal growth and development or even making a difference. The list moves on.

When you identify your driving force, you will be able to streamline your job search and implement a strategy that works. This is the first step to finding a job.

Conduct Research.

In order to stand out from the poll of other job seekers, you need to carry out job-tailored research.

What is research

Research is the search for fresh information, fresh understanding, and fresh facts. A person who does research is called a researcher. As a job seeker, you must be a researcher and learn the act of researching.

How to conduct research as a job seeker?

The various ways job seekers can conduct research are:

Brainstorming

As a job seeker (especially if you are a student), you should always brainstorm starting your career. Students and new graduates should make a list of what they love and what they don’t. Also, having a list of classes you love and those you don’t will be an added advantage to you.

Career assessment test

A career assessment test will help you align your talents and passion to a career. Taking a career assessment test will eradicate error and trial methods in securing the right career. I spoke with a friend at Google who gives great advice on how to find a job. After working at Google, Snap chat and Cisco for 3+ years, he later discovered he wanted to be an entrepreneur. I highly recommend the Career Personality Profiler test to you. It actually depicts who you are and help you choose the right career. There are other assessment tests you could also try out this but this stands out.

Conduct research on careers of the future

The WEF future of jobs reports estimated 85 million jobs to be displaced by a shift in the division of jobs between humans and machines while 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms. One way to conduct research on careers for the future is through the US Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Where is the best place to discover promising careers?

The best place to discover promising and in-demand careers is via the startup’s career page. Since startups are new, they use the latest technologies in developing their product, unlike top companies that build on existing technology architecture due to the cost of switching to new technology.

Steps to effective research
  • List out the top 10 startups in your countries operating in your dream industry.
  • Visit their LinkedIn page via Desktop computer and click on all employees.
  • Take note of their job titles, make research on them via Google search.
  • Write out the title of the two best roles that streamline your interest e.g product marketing.
  • Navigate any of these job board websites LinkedIn jobs, Indeed, Jobberman, Handshake, Zip recruiter e.t.c and search for roles e.g “product marketing”.
  • Write out all the skills in the basic requirement and prefer requirements section. Note, this is also called qualifications sometimes.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully researched an in-demand job.

What to look for when conducting a job research?
  • Job description
  • Specific employers or types of employers
  • Salary ranges
  • Expected job growth over the next few years
  • Educational requirements
  • Where the jobs are located

An information interview is one way to really know specifics about a particular role. As a job seeker, you need to network with employees working in your field. Ask questions as this is the way to get informed and learn. This is one of the best job searching strategies I implemented that secured me 5 jobs in 12 months. I recommend this to job seekers when speaking on the topic how to find a job in 2021 during my online events. You should always ask SMART questions. Examples are:

  • Can you tell me what a day in the life of a digital marketer [your field] looks like?
  • What are the tools you work with daily and which will you say is in high demand in the industry?
  • What skills should one possess that will make him/her stand out from the crowd?

A skill is a learned ability to perform an action with determined results with good execution often within a given amount of time, energy, or both.

Skill. (2021, March 21). Retrieved May 13, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skill

Find out the importance of soft skills for the job?

When you are learning how to find a job this year, it is important to discover the highly demanded Skills for your interim role. One way I discover Skills demanded my role is through job search platforms like LinkedIn Jobs, Google Jobs, Indeed, Jobberman. Just to name but a few.

How to discover high demanded skills

Using LinkedIn Jobs

  1. Visit LinkedIn jobs.
  2. Enter your proposed role in the search e.g digital marketing.
  1. Input your location (change location to remote if the job was posted more than 3 weeks ago).
  2. Scroll down till you see words like “Minimum qualifications, qualifications, requirements or the related word”. Copy the requirement to an empty document. Bold all the skills discovered for emphasis.
  3. Repeat this process multiple times. I advise up to 20 times.

Developing skills as part of your job search strategies

In 2021 and beyond, due to the increasing number of job seekers, employers reduce the rate at which they hire unskilled individuals. As an employer, I hire those with experience or skills (even if little) over those without.

Why?

This saves the cost of training, upskilling, retooling employees. The revenue budgeted toward entry-level staff development can be redirected toward other meaningful activities.

So in order to stand out from your peers and other applicants, you must develop skills relevant to your interim roles.

3 ways of developing your skills

You were told how to discover high demanding skills specific to your particular role above. There are three ways of developing skills as your job search strategies, they are:

  • Through physical skill building programs like Harmonie Labs.
  • Through online skill building programs like Skill Up Program, Women TechStar Program e.t.c
  • Through online learning platforms like edX, Coursera, Alison, Google Digital Garage e.t.c

Let assume, after discovering high demanding skills using strategy, you were able to list out social media, content marketing, search engine optimisation, paid advertisement and email marketing as high demanding skills for digital marketers.

Then navigate to one of these three ways of skill development and then enrol for a skill-building course.

Build an online job portfolio.

Remember we spoke that learning role-specific skills will make you stand out from other applicants? The truth is, what really makes you stand out is how you show the recruiter that you are the most qualified candidate for the role. The only way to show the recruiter that you are the most qualified is through experiences and a portfolio.

Your job portfolio is an essential piece for your job search strategy.

Top 5 portfolio website

  • LinkedIn for everyone
  • Behance and Dribble for designers
  • Github for developers
  • JournoPortfolio for digital marketers including writers
  • Wix or any other CMS website

Create an irresistible resume/cv.

Differences between a curriculum vitae (cv) and a resume

There has been a lot of confusion about what differentiates cv from a resume.

The main difference between a cv and a resume is the country of use. Some countries like America use the word resume while in order countries, the word cv is mostly used.

What section should be included in your resume?

1. Contact details

This section should include your contact details. It is advisable to include details like email address, phone number and portfolio. Only include your full location if the role you are applying for is not far away from your place of residence.

2. Work experience

This section regarding experiences has bulleted accomplishments, which provide examples of when you successfully used the skills employers are seeking. Make sure you have between 2 and 5 bullet points in each section.


Your bullet points should start with a strong action verb, which then follows by an explanation of what you were doing, describes how you did it, and most importantly if applicable, any achievements. Statements should convey your strengths/proficiencies in one or more skills that intrigue the employer by showing examples of when you have used them.

When writing about your experience, consider these questions: What was the result/outcome of your work? What were your accomplishments? How did you impact the organization? What skills/knowledge did you grow? How does this experience relate to your internship/employment goal?

3. Education

This section regarding your education. It should contain your course of study, degree, year (expected year) of graduation and related coursework if still a student.

4. Leadership and awards

This section is optional if you have various leadership experiences and other activities you want employers to know. Having multiple sections, allows you to emphasize your most relevant experience.
Positions within this section should be formatted similarly to previous experience sections, including bullet points if necessary.


You may also include work experiences that may not be directly related to the job/internship you are applying to, but add to your credibility by exemplifying your past work experiences.

5. Skills and Interest

Skills: These skills should be concrete and testable. These should not be soft skills like communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, but instead incorporated into your bulleted accomplishment statements above. You can add technology skills (Ex: Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, SQL, etc.) and languages (Ex: Spanish, French)


Interests: What are you interested in getting into + what do you like to do outside of work/for fun?

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Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes or CV

Do’s of Resumes

Be consistent

Ensure consistency in alignment, font size, text colour, font familiarity.

Use strong action words

In your experience section, always use very strong action words. Examples created, collaborated, managed, e.t.c

Use the CAR method of writing resume

Your resume (experience/leadership session) should consist of what you did while in the role (Context), what were you able to achieve (achievements) and the result generates from it (Result) e.g Created an email marketing campaign for a product, which totalled 5,000 impressions and 200 clicks.

Include numbers

To quantify your works, ensure you always include numbers example, increase the lead by 300%.

Tailor your experience to the position applying for

When applying for a job, ensure you have relevant experience directly with the job requirements you are applying for.

Don’ts of Resumes

Including irrelevant information

Avoid irrelevant details. Recruiters only need your email phone number and portfolio / LinkedIn profile. Only include the address if you are close to the job location.

No skills in bullet point

When writing your experience, ensure your communication skills used in the job and bold this skill for emphasis sake. e.g Created an email marketing campaign for a product, which totalled 5,000 impressions and 200 clicks.

Excluding Leadership experience

Recruiters want to see your leadership experiences as much as they want to see your work experiences. So always include how you’ve displayed your leadership skills in time past.

Lack of chronological order

Ensure your experience section and leadership section start from most recent to past positions.

Multiple reviews

Get your resume reviewed by as many persons as possible. Different people have various perspectives and each recommendation will only help you get better.

Resume Structure of Students

Preparing a resume as a student is quite different from a graduate or professional resume. As a hiring manager, I want you to tell me you are a student within the first 5 seconds glance at your resume. Then I need you to communicate your value within the next 5 seconds – 20 seconds glance at your resume.

How do you write a killer resume as a student?

In order to prepare a killer resume as a student job seeker, kindly follow this guide below.

Contact details

In your contact details section avoid sharing too many personal details like your full address, gender, date of birth, place of birth, state of origin, marital status and more. All these doesn’t show value. Instead, share few but valuable information like

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone number (without country code)
  • Portfolio
  • Useful links that speaks about your works

Full Name

Email | Phone number | Portfolio link

Why you should always remove your country code?

If you are looking for a remote job especially in countries with a high quality of life e.g US, Canada e.t.c, then it is advisable to remove your phone number and even location.

Most remote jobs posted today require you to stay in the US because of time zone differences.

Removing your country code is a means to hid crucial details.

For example, Steven applied to Coinbase on May 20th 2021. His experience was top notched compared to the job but when his resume got to HR, they didn’t move forward with him because He was in a different time zone and the job requires him to be in the US or a similar time zone.

After careful critics of the reason behind rejection, we discovered it was because of the country code included in his resume.

Abstraction is very important in resume writing. If the organization wants to find out more about you, then they will fix an interview and this increased your chance of getting the job by 40%.

Education

One frequent question, we receive from job seekers is “should my education come after my experience or before it?”

As a student, your education should come before your experience section. Structuring your resume this way communicate to the Human Resource person that you are still a student.

This section should contain your degree, major, relevant course work, expected date of graduation and CGPA (if above 3.5 or within a second class to first-class). This communicates that you are an excellent fellow and a person of value.

Tertiary institution

Major/Degree

Relevant course work

Location

Graduation date

Professional experience

This section should contain all your working experience. Include experiences that are related to the job.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Company

Position

  • This section regarding experiences has bulleted accomplishments, which provide examples of when you successfully used the skills employers are seeking. Make sure you have between 2 and 5 bullet points in each section. 
  • Your bullet points should start with a strong action verb, which then follow with an explanation of what you were doing, describe how you did it, and most importantly if applicable, any achievements. Statements should convey your strengths/proficiencies in one or more skills that intrigue the employer by showing examples of when you have used them.
  • When writing about your experience, consider these questions: What was the result/outcome of your work? What were your accomplishments? How did you impact the organization? What skills/knowledge did you grow? How does this experience relate to your internship/employment goal?

Location

Dates

Leadership experience

Include all past leadership experience in this section.

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Company/Organization

Position

  • This section is optional if you have various leadership experiences and other activities you want employers to know. By having multiple sections, it allows you to emphasize your most relevant experience.
  • Positions within this section should be formatted similar to previous experience sections, including bullet points if necessary.
  • You may also include work experiences that may not be directly related to the job/internship you are applying to, but add to your credibility by exemplifying your past work experiences.

Location

Dates

Skills and interest

Include your technical skills and also your interest.

SKILLS & INTERESTS

Skills: These skills should be concrete and testable. These should not be soft skills like communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, but instead incorporated into your bulleted accomplishment statements above. You can add technology skills (Ex: Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, SQL, etc.) and languages (Ex: Spanish, French)

Languages: English, Spanish

Interests: What are you interested in getting into + what do you like to do outside of work/for fun?

Resume structure for graduates and professionals

  • Contact details
  • Professional experience
  • Education
  • Leadership and awards
  • Skills and interest

Apply to multiple jobs you are qualified for.

The secret to getting decent work or work with good pay this year is through the application. During career advice to job seekers, Emmanuel advises them to take up a job search challenge of applying to at least 20 jobs daily.

He spoke with full assurance saying, if you can apply to 20 jobs you are qualified for daily you will get at least 5 job offers with good pay within 12 months.

Salahudeen tried this and within two weeks, he moved from zero interviews to at least 2 interviews weekly and got 3 contract jobs within 2 months.

Steven tried this strategy and got at least 1 interview weekly. After 1.5 months of fruitless search, he quitted and stopped applying. 5 companies reached out to him afterwards and he is currently working remotely in two companies at a time as a software engineer.

Joseph tried this and within 5-days, he got 2 internship offers after 2 months of fruitless search earlier.

Should you be 100% qualified for a job before applying?

YIEE conducted a survey about how many per cent qualified one must be before applying for a job. Recruiters and employees from top companies gave their thoughts on when job seekers should apply for a job.

Once you meet 70% of the requirements, apply. John Brandom

John said, He was 100% qualified yet he applied to jobs and this bold act enables him to land an offer even with AT&T.

Don’t apply for a job until you are 100% qualified Amy Miller

Amy spoke from a recruiter perspective and said, recruiters, go through all the resumes submitted and seeing a large pull of unqualified candidates applying to her open role detest her a lot. So She advises job seekers to ensure they are 100% qualified before applying for a role. She stated that these qualifications aren’t set by herself but by the hiring managers.

Once you feel you meet most of the qualifications, do well to apply – Brian

Brain said job seekers could get lucky. So He advises applying for a role you feel you meet almost all requirements.

Network your way into interviews.

There are various ways of getting into the interview stage. One way to get into there is by networking. Networking is very crucial before, within and even after your job.

How can networking get you interviews

You can network your ways into interviews by reaching out to employees or recruiters working in the same team you want to work with. This way, you will stand out of other applicants.

Pass the interview.

Preparation for interviews is key to getting a job. In order to get a job, ensure you have answers that justify who you propose you are in your resume. Be relax when interviewing.

Salary negotiation.

Use ranges to negiotiate your salary.

Accept the offer.

Sign the offer and you got the job.


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