Job hunting is nerve wracking no matter where you are in the world, but the process is usually the same: get your CV in order, apply, interview, accept the job.
Somewhere in between, many of us get caught up on the little details. These little details can sometimes keep us from getting the job we want. Here’s the advice I kept in mind when searching for a job in Israel.
Use Your Connections
Connections are everything, but they’re even more important in Israel. It’s all about who you know, so start making and maintaining connections that will benefit your career.
Knowing “someone” can also mean knowing a son or cousin of someone with a connection to someone in the company.
Local agencies may help you get the connections you need. You can also tap into your school alumni, friends, or professional organizations.
Adjust Your Resume
Employers want to know what you can do for them, but it’s important to make sure that your resume isn’t too long or too short.
Ideally, your resume should fit on a single page. Avoid using long sentences. If you’re young with little work experience, use bullet points to highlight things you have done in your past, such as youth leadership roles or volunteering.
If you do have job experience, only highlight the details that are important. Don’t forget to include your contact information (including your address). It’s also acceptable to list your marital status and your birth date. Look for a resume sample so that you can figure out what type of information will be needed.
While it’s important to list your achievements, you may not want to add anything that could scare your employer. If you sound more qualified than your potential boss, you may not get a call back.
If you’re having trouble, try using a resume builder or asking a friend for help.
Set a Goal for How Many CVs You Will Send Out
Set a goal for how many CVs you will send out each day or week. When you set a goal, you hold yourself accountable for your actions, and you keep your head in the game.
Even if the job isn’t a perfect fit, send your CV anyway. You never know – an employer may see your resume and find that you’re a better fit for another open position.
Prepare for Interviews
Be prepared for interviews. Practice your presentation, make sure you have extra copies of your resume, and prepare answers for common questions. While you’re at it, make a list of questions you want to ask the employer.
Make sure that you dress professionally when attending an interview. Arrive early, and turn off your cell phone. Make eye contact, and watch your body language. Pay attention to what the interviewer is saying.
It’s entirely plausible that the interviewer will ask questions that could have a negative answer. Put a positive spin on your reply – never sound negative.
While you may be tempted to ask about compensation, now is not the time to talk about salary.
Follow up after the interview with a phone call or email.
The key to finding a job is to stay consistent in your efforts. Your effort and patience will pay off when you finally land the job you’ve been wanting.