Usually, we can be suited for more than one occupational field. Therefore, it is important to be open to various possibilities and not to stubbornly hold on to just one occupational option.
In most cases, we tend to do what we like and are good at. Different skills, like mathematical capabilities or good expression skills develop at a very early age and are even genetically based. Thus, we have only to discover our strong points and follow their lead.
If you are unsure about the occupation that is right for you, contact an occupational advisor who will be happy to help.
The labor world is developing and undergoing constant change and diversification. Professions appear and disappear swiftly due to rapid technological changes and growing competition. It seems that the world of computers and internet is gaining momentum, as is the field of electronic development.
If you have the proper skills, that’s fine – go for it.
If not, there are many other areas in which you can develop – not to mention that conditions may change in the future, leading to an increase in demand for liberal art professions. Therefore, we should be attentive to our ambitions and know what we are right for and not force ourselves into current professional fads.
Compensation is very important and, in many cases and for the short term, it may even compensate for lack of interest at work. However, over time, lack of interest might cause problems if we choose an area that is not right for us, just because of the monetary reward.
Over time, we might feel bored and unfulfilled. On the other hand, an interesting job that is not economically worthwhile might also cause distress (“you can’t go shopping with satisfaction”).
Clearly, the ideal combination is an interesting and well-paying job. If we get that, that’s great. If not, we must remember that there is a price for every choice – a price that we will have to live with and which we will try to balance in different ways, such as an interesting hobby (if work is not interesting) or another job (if the salary is low).
I do not have relevant experience for the job I want. What should I do?
If possible, it is important to provide some occupational experience in order for a potential employer to see that you have the commitment required for the job. Try to relate the tasks required in your previous position to the tasks of the job that you are interested in. Occupational experience may include practical work in relevant fields or various voluntary positions. You can seek a job in a creative manner and contact the relevant entities that interest you.
Creatively searching for a job in hi-tech with no experience
Searching for a job in hi-tech can be a job, but you can also for a job in hi-tech in another way, creatively. Following is the story of two people who creatively looked for jobs. Both had no prior experience. In order to quickly realize your career ambitions, you must be a “purple cow”.
Following are examples of how two job seekers with no prior hi-tech, and actually no “formal” experience applied the “purple cow” approach, stood out and found a job very quickly.
In the virtual age, one cannot ignore the fact that social networks are gaining momentum in the job search process and that they serve as an accessible tool for us all. There are many social networks and the leading ones, which provide a means for finding a job and developing a personal and professional brand are Facebook, the world’s largest social network; LinkedIn, an international business network and TheMarker Café, a local network run by TheMarker, offering an efficient blog platform for promotional purposes.
It is very important, networking is the way to go.
The most appropriate definition for networking, as related to job searching, is leveraging connections. Connections may derive of professional ties in the past, someone that you studied or served in the army with or someone that you know who is in the business. It could be a neighbor or acquaintance, a parent whose child goes to the same kindergarten as your child or anyone that you can have a simple conversation with and harness to your search process.
Sometimes people need to develop their “small talk muscle”. That muscle is very important for job seekers, but also later in one’s career toward generating quality networking for the future.
Your CV should be typed. 12-point David font is the most popular.
The CV must be organized and clean.
Be sure to clearly separate the different categories (personal details, education, military service, etc.). Be sure to proofread your CV, it must be error-free.
Maintain a consistent form. For example, if you used the term “In this position” for a certain position, use it for the others as well.
To add a photo or not to add a photo – that is the question.
A photo is a powerful tool because the human brain tends to remember a face much better than it tends to remember names or other identifying details. Alongside the advantage of your being memorable thanks to your photo, please remember that it could be a problem, if your conduct leaves a bad impression. If you decide to attach a photo, use one in which you are respectably attired (it is not a dating service) and which is not too revealing. After all, you don’t know who will be receiving your CV and what their preconceptions are.
Since we are now living in a global world, we are obviously required to submit our CV in English too. The multiple opportunities available in the market have led to increase demands from all job candidates. Today, unlike the past, knowing basic English is no longer an advantage.
In order to get over the first hurdle on the way to the desired position, it is important to put together a CV in English that will clearly convey your relevant skills, experience and education. Writing a CV in English is similar to writing it in Hebrew, but there are several nuances that can make the difference.
Many people add a cover letter to their CV. Their aim is to attract the readers’ attention, focus them on our relevant experience and demonstrate our motivation for the offered position. Following are several examples for cover letters.
Many candidates contact us and ask why no one has contacted them following submission of their CV. Receiving no response is indeed frustrating, especially if we have upgraded our CV and we know that we have all of the skills needed for the job.
It is important to understand that there may be several reasons. We are here to put things in order (and perhaps offer some hope…) and provide several answers for why potential employers do not call back.
You should prepare for an interview so that you are as up-to-date and relaxed as possible. Study yourself, what are your occupational desires and what would you like to do? Important: What do I actually have to offer? What do I wish to highlight in the interview in terms of knowledge, skills, relevant experience – which character traits characterize me? What do I want to achieve in return for my experience, skills and knowledge? In terms of salary, executive position and promotion. Try to conduct an interview simulation, alone or with friends. Put yourself in the interviewer’s seat. Ask yourself questions that are usually asked at an interview and answer them accordingly. The more you prepare, the more confident you will feel and thus your answers will sound very clear and spontaneous.
You are at a job interview, relatively calm and confidently answering the interviewer’s questions (thanks to proper preparation at home). Suddenly, the question you feared most is thrown into the air: “What are your salary expectations?” Oops… what should you say? Should you tell them how much you earned at your previous position? Should you “inflate” it a bit? State a high “price tag” so they realize that you are a quality candidate who values himself or present realistic salary expectations so as not to scare the interviewer away and automatically remove yourself from the running? No doubt, salary expectations are indeed a sensitive issue for which you should be prepared, especially now – when the number of applicants for each position is higher and the competition is harsher…
Are you dumbstruck when the interviewer asks you “What are your shortcomings?” Have nothing to say when you are asked “Why are you right for the job?” How will you cope with trick questions and what might they ask you?