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Israeli job market is full of opportunities, innovative trends, new
start-ups and household brand names and the high-tech industry rivals
Silicon Valley, offering every type of job for the technically inclined.
Even with all these opportunities, the job search can still be
difficult for non-Israeli job seekers and this new column will offer
advice for those looking to navigate the market and build a career in
Steering through foreign cultural cues, following trends
and identifying opportunities can be daunting so "Work in Progress" will explore various ways of how to get ahead in the job market.
careers and job searches require some careful preparation, tenacity and
a little advice. For job seekers everywhere here is a quick checklist
of five things you must prepare for your job search.
CV or resume
general list of employment history and education should be neat, clear
and concise. Today, a single page is sufficient. Make sure to proofread
it, a few times, then ask someone else to take a look.
you include references on your CV or not, you should have up to date
contact information for at least two past employers, co-workers or
professors. It is important for them to know that you will be using them
as a reference, so they can be prepared. Also, let them know you are
looking for a job, they are a good start to your network.
to most job search statistics most people find a job through people not
job boards, so get the word out. Find a mentor, meet them for coffee.
Go to career fairs, events and social functions, contact old friends,
expand your network.
is important for you to know who you are, what value you will bring to
your next job and what are your goals. Write all that down. Keep working
on it until it's a precise two to four sentences about you, so if you
meet your dream boss in an elevator you don't trip on your own tongue or
stare at your feet.
internet is here to stay and you are on it. Search your name online.
See what comes up. Whatever social networks you use should be a positive
reflection of your experience, talents and knowledge, not detrimental
to your career. Implement privacy settings. It's also important to be
searchable; if you don't have a profile or you don't maintain your
account, it is time to update.
This checklist must be tailored to
any market as well as to the professional field. Cultural norms often
dictate how job seekers approach the job search. It is important to
understand customs in a new market and learn to overcome gaps. The
market is full of possibilities given the right tools, information and
some helpful hints.
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