THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT
BY LINDA ANONYE
COPYRIGHT 2016 LINDA ANONYE (C. H. I. I.)
This book is a personal guide for those who currently are, and those who will in the near future join thousands of other job seekers to find the job they desire. Please bear in mind that based on factors like geographical location, current economic situation, industries, companies applied to, educational background etc., the experiences during your job search might completely differ from mine. The tips outlined in the following chapters stem from my personal experiences and have helped me, not only to land a multitude of job interviews, but has opened doors for new opportunities in my career. This guide is a personal recollection of things that worked for me and will hopefully also include some useful information for you. The subsequent information should provide you with the tools you need, as well as serve as a source of inspiration to see that in every situation there is a blessing, you just have to open your eyes to see it. Job search can often take you on an emotional rollercoaster, especially when it takes longer than anticipated and affects your financial situation. Nonetheless this could also be your time to grow, learn and harness new and fresh ideas. Once you are in the workforce, getting your creative juices flowing for things that are not job related will become much more difficult.
Hopefully this handbook will inspire you to keep going and give you the understanding that after all said and done, a job does not define who you are or determines your worth. Often, it seems as if companies are doing you a favor by hiring you, but the truth is that without the value employees add to companies through their skills and labor, they would cease to exist.
With that in mind C. H. I. I. (a Creative Heart Inspires and Impacts) was created.
C. H. I. I. is about positive self-development and about not allowing your circumstances limit you. Take advantage of your skills and knowledge to further harness and develop those attributes to be successful. Be open to new opportunities, use your time wisely and never lose hope. Instead of being discouraged, consider it an exciting journey that will teach you a lot about yourself.
If you have questions or want to know more about C. H. I. I., please send an email to [email protected]
I wish you success, perseverance and inner peace to find the job you do not only need, but actually want.
There is probably nobody out there who would consider unemployment and job searching a fun activity. However, as it is with many other things in life, finding the job you really want can also be an exhilarating experience. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. My motto is: „When life gives you lemons, add oranges and mangoes to the mix and make your own smoothie.” That means everything is a matter of perspective. You can either see the bad and try to make something out of it, or you focus on the good and make something even better out of it.
Three years ago, I had put my secure job at a media agency on hold to jet off to Sweden and to complete a Master’s degree program there. In retrospect, that was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had a great time meeting new people, travelling around Scandinavia and embracing a new culture. Occasionally I also focused on assignments and exams, but I did not waste too much time on thinking about what would come after I was done with my Master’s program. I did have a job back home that I could return to, once I rounded up with my studies, but deep down I was convinced that I needed to make a change to take my career to the next level. I wanted to start afresh in a new job. So, as my graduation drew closer it was time to make a decision. Luckily for me, before I even had to start scavenging job sites, I got the offer to work as Marketing & Media Manager for an online startup. It took me some time to conclude if that was truly the direction I wanted to go because working for a startup company also came with uncertainties and risks. To cut the long story short, after a year of working there I found myself back in the “job seeker’s queue”. At the beginning, I did not particularly feel the impact because I told myself: “I am highly educated and have years of work experience to fall back on, so this should not be so difficult!” Hence, with that mindset and enthusiasm I was convinced that I would be working in my dream position within the time frame of maximum one, if I was being too picky, two months. It did not quite work out the way I had anticipated, rather it took up several more months until I saw a silver lining on the horizon.
My job search journey was an insightful time, nonetheless. An experience that I cherish with all its emotional highs and lows, victories and disappointments, but most importantly a chapter in my life that made me grow on a professional and personal level and inspired me to write this “survival guide”.
These are the key things I learnt:
• Know who you are and what you want.
• Build a solid foundation.
• Be strategic.
• Knowledge is everything.
• Think positive, be happy and stay motivated.
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