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JOB SEARCH – BEST PRACTICES

BEST PRACTICES FOR SEARCHING FOR A JOB

 

Once you have your CV and LinkedIn profile updated, you are ready to actively search for a job.

THE CORRECT MINDSET FOR SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCHING:

Finding a job that is “exactly right” and perfect in every way is an illusion: a job may sound perfect to you, but the daily routine may be different than what you expected. And vice versa: you may think you are not suitable for a position because the job description has responsibilities you do not understand. However, a job such as this may expose you to new, fascinating, projects and fields of occupations that may suit you.

It’s possible that a job may not be ideal or optimal. However, the risk of accepting any job, whether it is a dream job or not, is essentially the same because a job description can only provide a partial understanding of the realities of working within an organization.

Therefore, if in doubt, apply. You have nothing to lose.

There is one exception to this: if you are interested in multiple positions within the same organization, it may be wise to apply for the job that best aligns with your professional experience and skills.

THE SEARCH ROUTINE

Job searching is a technical process that works like a funnel: send 200 applications > maybe 50 companies will consider you as a relevant candidate > 15 may talk to you or invite you for an interview > you may be able to proceed with 5 > 1 or 2 may offer you a job.

If you don’t send enough applications, you diminish the likelihood of actually getting a job.

Send your CV to at least 20/25 jobs every week.

After three weeks, it may be difficult to reach 25 job applications per week. If so, try to send at least 10 or 15 applications, or widen the scope of your research.

If after 1 month you haven’t received any responses and you don’t find any other relevant jobs – recalculate your steps. You may need to change your outlook or redefine your goals. Alternatively, meet with a professional development consultant.

If you feel there aren’t many jobs in your field, you may be aiming to be too accurate as presented above. Try to broaden your scope.

Document your search in an excel file (or Google sheet so you can update it from your cell phone too), and in each row enter:

  • The job you applied for
  • Link to the job advertisement
  • The date you applied or submitted your CV
  • Likelihood that you think they will talk to you, from 1 to 6.

Once every 3 weeks, check how many people have responded to your job applications. This helps you see if you’re guessing right about which jobs you have a good chance of getting. If the jobs you think you’re good for and the jobs that are actually offered to you are not aligned, the job market might be trying to tell you something.

WHERE TO SEARCH FOR JOBS IN ISRAEL:

  1. YOUR NETWORK:

Speak to people in your network, and tell them you are looking for a job. Spread the word so that people can help you and keep you in mind when they hear of jobs offered in your field.

Contact everyone you know who can connect you to relevant jobs.

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS:

In Israel, job-searching groups on Facebook and WhatsApp, among others, are good sources of job advertisements. Often the groups are named “jobs in [city name],” or “jobs in [field name]” so be sure to enter that in your Facebook search bar.

  1. JOB SEARCH WEBSITES:

Click for a list of good resources here:

  1. LINKEDIN:

For specific fields, LinkedIn might be a good source. 

  1. CAREER PAGES:

Career pages of relevant organizations: You will need to create such a list, of at least 20/30 organizations, and gather all the links in one place so that it is easy for you to return to them regularly.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Finding a job is a process, and it does take time, but don’t despair. If you feel you need assistance contact us and we can put you in touch with people who will help you.