By Sreerahda D Basu

The Economic Times, June 4, 2018 —

Job hunting can be a challenging affair even at the best of times. It takes a lot of groundwork and rigorous followup to land yourself the right one. ET gets experts to share their tips on how to go about it.

Identify Your Passion

Without this critical element, you will feel lost in any job. That’s why identifying your passion is the most critical first step, says Manashi Kumar, chief people officer, BARC India. Once you have identified what you love doing the most, it is easier to focus on job search in that direction, she says. “Knowing what drives you will help you identify potential employers and reduce chances of job discontent. Even if you are looking at online applications, the above will help you narrow down your search and apply in a focused manner,” she says.

Build a Narrative
Once you know what you are aiming for, build a compelling story that weaves your passion, says BARC India’s Kumar. Most interviewers are keen to hear you narrate your personal and professional journey, she says. “If you master the art of telling that from the lens of your passion and the role offered, it instantly works. Weave your skills and experiences in the story,” she says. “Don’t forget to include how the future looks like from here on. Build a CV that reflects this. Appear for interviews even when you are not really looking out to practice your story. It is always good to know your self-worth and market value.”

Promote Yourself
Marketing oneself has become a key factor in job selection, says Sudhir Dhar, director-HR, Motilal Oswal Financial Services (MOFSL). This needs to be done in the most effective way possible. “Creating a self-brand through social media, for instance, getting co-workers or stakeholders to endorse your skills on LinkedIn, writing articles through blogs or LinkedIn, and attending conferences and seminars as speaker are all ways you can go about this,” he says.

Do Your Homework

Research about the company, the profile and the current employees using various media including your network and social media. Understand whether it is a new role or a replacement role. Understand where it is located in the hierarchy and overall organisation structure. Find out what skills are the most needed for that job. “Speak to people you might know who are currently handling a similar role. Understand the challenges that may be associated with it and how you intend to overcome them,” says BARC India’s Kumar. “Ask questions about the organisation and the role when given an opportunity during the interview. It reflects on your seriousness and intentions to take up the offer.”

Activate/Build a Network
References remain the best way to find jobs and should be the first option. Reaching out to your school alumni and/or ex-colleagues is the best way to find a new job,” says MOFSL’s Dhar. Besides, he says, you could connect directly with prospective employers or managers using social media.