8 Stages of a Successful Job Hunt

8 Stages of a Successful Job Hunt Learn how to navigate the job search process, from the starting point to the finish line.

The process of earning a new job has several common elements. Once you’re familiar with them, you are less likely to commit mistakes along the way. Here are the stages you need to go through to reach the road to success:

Knowing Your Value

Understand how you can contribute to the company. Do you have what they need? Will your skills, education and experience be enough to make a significant contribution to your employer?

Figuring Out Your Target

Determine the companies where your skills will be most utilized. Do they need someone with abilities similar to yours?

It’s also important to know what kind of environment you will feel at ease and comfortable in. Do you have a specific industry in mind? What kind of role do you have in mind?

Crafting Your Personal Brand

Be ready to face strong competition from other candidates with similar backgrounds. Instead of worrying about them, highlight the specific skills that will set you apart.

Place your personal branding statement at the top of your resume and LinkedIn profile. Be as consistent in your resume (and during the interview)as you can to build a successful brandthat will promote you positively.


Start prospecting for jobs by using your networking ties and other social media platforms. Get yourself out there and attend professional events to help grow your network and meet people from the same industry.

Handling the Phone Interview

Don’t assume that you have the job if the phone interviewer compliments your credentials. Instead, show how you really work as an employee (as stated in your resume) by providing demonstrative examples. Discuss your career and educational transition, where applicable, including the relevant basics of the work you’ve done in the past.

Dealing with Red Flags

Look and prepare for obvious red flags in your background, and be prepared to help lower them when the interviewer has questions.

Make Your Case

You can only do this once you have been invited for an interview. Be prepared for whatever may be thrown at you by knowing your resume inside and out. Expand as much as you can on anything written in your resume. You can prepare by reading books about job interviews.Get in plenty of practice, but make sure not to sound over-prepared. Overly rehearsed answers can put you in a negative light.

Negotiating the deal

Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a higher level of compensation if you think your competition has been eliminated. Don’t talk about vague wants. Give a valid justification for your request.

These basics can help you develop your personal strategy in looking for a job. Hopefully with these pointers, you have a sense of what you need to do, and where to go.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.