How to get your first job (hint: use the internet!)

Published: September 11, 2011
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I have noticed that a number of candidates get a job interview, but due to lack of preparation, they fail to get the job. PHOTO: REUTERS

I often get emails and calls from youngsters eagerly seeking to enter the job market. Even though most of these enquirers have MBA degrees, finding a job in this market is still challenging for them.

Even though the economy is not particularly strong, one must bear in mind that companies are still hiring people, and these are many avenues for one to find a job. I strongly recommend registering on Rozee.pk which is the most enriched job search site in Pakistan. Those, however, looking for jobs in Gulf are recommended to consider the website, Byat.

Getting an interview is only the first step towards getting a job. During the course of several years of voluntary work, I have noticed that a number of candidates get a job interview, but due to lack of preparation, they fail to get the job.

Thus, I have compiled a few tips for those readers who are struggling to find a job.

  1. Make a list of companies that you would like to work for. Check the career section on their website. (Google alert is a good tool, use it)
  2. Make a list of companies you have applied to with the respective dates and the job references.
  3. Be prepared to write a follow-up letter.
  4. Prepare a master CV and tweak it a bit for each application to reflect the values of the company you are applying to.
  5. Research the company prior to going for an interview; visit their website, study their annual report, look at their hierarchical structure, and check relevant Linkedin profiles.
  6. Prepare a list of expected questions and practice answers to these questions.
  7. Prepare a list of questions that you wish to ask during the interview.
  8. For hidden job market leads, an immediate follow-up is important.
  9. Build a network with those searching for jobs. This helps in lead generation.
  10. Remain in contact with those how have been recently hired; there might be other opportunities in the same organization.
  11. Check your email at least twice a day and respond immediately.
  12. Engage in social media such as Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.
  13. Register on job portals.
  14. Dress professionally and appropriately for the position you are applying for -don’t overdress but don’t look informal.
  15. If you are a student with no prior work history, make a list of your hobbies, clubs you belong to, or sports you’re involved in. Show that you have strengths.
  16. Visit the company office a day prior to your interview to familiarize yourself with the location.
  17. Employers want to hire productive, positive individuals. Be positive, but do not play with your words. Always speak positively of former employers and co-workers no matter why you left, even if you were fired from your last job.
  18. Let the employer lead into any conversation about benefits. When discussing salary, always be flexible and avoid naming a specific salary.
  19. Close the interview on a positive note. If the employer does not offer you a job on the spot or say when you will hear from them, ask what their time frame is for making a decision.
  20. I recommend a brief thank you note to the interviewer.

Remember, the process of hiring has changed with the emergence of social media. Be ready to explore all the opportunities that come your way.

Good luck!

Hammad Siddiqui

Hammad Siddiqui

An institutional capacity building specialist who currently works as Deputy Country Director at Center of International Private Enterprise (www.cipe.org). He is qualified from the US Chamber of Commerce and blogs at hammadsiddiquiblog.com

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Jason

    After getting to the final round of numerous job interviews I just knew I had to alter my preparation. I was spending too much time on my qualifications and not enough on the behavioral side of the interview. After trawling the net for books and advice I came across ” The Complete Job Interview Preparation Course” DVD on Amazon. The change in my preparation was immediately noticeable both to myself and the interviewer as I am now gainfully employed in my chosen profession of finance, Highly RecommendedRecommend

  • Vijay

    These days it’s best to start reading newspapers and approaching the companies directly. You don’t get much on the internet. Its mostly hyped by the online job sites. Recommend

  • Asad

    point no. 21
    To be honest if you want to secure job in Govt sector then you should have approach and recommendation of a high official otherwise you will be dumped no matter how education or work experience you have (For Pakistani’s only)Recommend

  • Abbas

    thank you for writing such a helpful article… Recommend

  • http://www.halaltamweel.com NSK

    I agree even I did the same …. Recommend

  • Zorain Khan

    I am currently searching for an entry level job, these guidelines will certainly help me. ThanksRecommend

  • Anas

    FYI
    MIddle East / Gulf website is http://www.bayt.com
    Not ByatRecommend

  • http://asjadahmad.wordpress.com asjad

    really nice tips….i specially liked the part whr u mentiond to shw ur strength and also to show your productivty. i think it can be in any area. mayb something which is of your intreset can benefit your company too Recommend

  • Mohammad Yasir

    Thanks for this post which is very useful tool for newcomers. I always read your blogs in the end i always feel you always give free lot of things to others. I hope the returns for you be always positive from others.Recommend

  • Ikram Afridi

    These are good tips for searching the jobs in the private sector. But now a days getting government and public sector jobs is the most difficult thing.

    Please also share how can we apply for government jobs.Recommend

  • Jamsheed Khan

    I am a commerce Graduate and unemployed this information is very useful for people like me. I will share these tips with my friends.Recommend

  • Rubina Javed

    Nice post I will follow these good tips after my MBA. Recommend

  • Saleem Jan (from Quetta)

    Very useful tips. I will tell my brother follow these instructions and I will share the results.Recommend

  • Huzaifa Shabbir Hussain

    Ali Akbar, I agree with your comments for plagiarism but on the contrary you have overlooked the line where the blogger has mentioned that he has compiled the list for readers… So compilation means you are giving references from different source.. All in all this is a useful piece for the start ups who are really in search of a job!!Recommend

  • Sidra Khawaja

    Very informative and supportive…. I have forwarded the link to my email contacts as majority of them are having the same flaws which they can take hold of and polish their interview skills accordingly….. thanksRecommend

  • Faryal Chaudhry

    Absolutely wonderful post. I wish I had come across such valuable stuff at the start of my career some ten years back. I am into HR and I feel if young grads implement only 50% of what Mr Hammad wrote here,the job will be in their hands in a month.

    Employers are looking for quality stuff; jobs are in the market. Keep writing good stuff. Please write on some specific topics like interview skills,CV writing,Cover Letters etc.New comers need it.

    P.S: Ali Akbar, plagiarism is copycat/copy paste. Is it so? Writers in Pakistan are endangered species; let them breathe,dude. Appreciate that someone spent one or two hours on writing without any monetary reward ( I assume blog writers are not paid). Recommend

  • Ali Akbar

    Hazaifa, my point is very clear. The article should have discussed the situation with relevance to Pakistan and not with context to career tips abroad. So what you are referring to over is that I can jot down some 5-6 pieces of articles together, ignore the basic fact that it matches the local audience’s preferences, submit it to Tribune and it will get published. On the contrary, I do not really understand if you are trying to support such piece of information published in the form of blog like the article above, or would you encourage some fresh piece that is quite original and reflects the actual situation in Pakistan. Also I fail to understand when the writer mentions Bayt for Middle East, unless he is aware of the job market situation over there. Why would Bayt prefer Pakistani candidates over India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Philippines? Should the writer justify his claim that mostly the jobs on Bayt for Middle East would need Arabic language/National as a preference, driving license of UAE, work permit and so on and so forth.
    We all know the situation in Pakistan and how the hiring takes place. Please refer to the original article again and see how the references have been mentioned at the end of each tip. I believe some research and ground reality could have made this article more interesting than to sit on the notebook and assemble various pieces of articles together and credit it in your name. So convenient!Recommend

  • Hina Roudani

    Thank you Tribune for giving such informative articles to youth. I am sharing the same with my community boys and girls studying in university. Google alert is a wonderful tool to stay updated.

    Tribune,in a short time,you have achieved so much progress. Please bring more writers for youth.Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/AshrafChaudhrySalesTrainer Ashraf Chaudhry

    Hats off to Hammad. Surgically precise, ruthlessly succinct, laser-guidedly targeted. Although I am not into job search,being professional,it makes sense to me as well.Making research on companies and dressings etc is essential for vendors as well.

    Keep up the good work.

    Ali Akbar,what is exact definition of plagiarism?I am just asking for my knowledge. I could not see anything like ‘chchapa’. Recommend

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/muhammadtanveer Muhammad Tanveer

    I found thid article highly informative and productive. Personally, I have attended sessions of Mr. Hamad. He is a true professional & helper. The devotion which he gives to his work is appreciable. This article is another good-work by hamad bhai. we should follow these points which he has mentioned based on his experience. This will truly help us in succeeding. After our education, our priority is of course job. The current situation in pak regarding jobs is a point of concern. As we complete our degrees but we dont know who to start, what do to & where to go? First job is a first step to the ladder of succes which needs to be given maximum attention. I believe by following above points for sure we can get something out of it.

    Best of luck hamad bhai for ur up-coming articles. Keep motivating & guiding us :)Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/AshrafChaudhrySalesTrainer Ashraf Chaudhry

    Hey one thing I forgot to mention regarding LinkedIn which Mr Hammad recommended for beginners. I found my publisher of The Craft of Selling “YOURSELF” from LinkedIn and book was published in USA. Recommend

  • http://www.isum.com.pk/ Owais Afaq

    Great Post :) Really helpful and informative :)Recommend

  • Anum Akeram

    Thanks for the guidance,this wil definately help me in future.as i have heared that job interview is not an easy job but i am sure, your tips will help me alot.I will follow these and I will share these tips with my friends.
    Thank you for writing such a helpful article.Recommend

  • Emad Sohail

    I think the blog is written in good intention, which is to show hope-maps to depressed youth, who are in search of clutching hope. If your aim is to catch fish, its a free world, you can do that by screwing the reader’s attention, well done!

    Therefore, hats off to the blogger who gathered up useful things in the vary sight of the hopeless youth. As far as plagiarism goes there is a saying “To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research”. We need to bring good stuff for our readers’ attention, for instance, I have this useful website for the youth: http://www.jobfree4u.com/

    If you have better suggestions than this blog, then bring it here and serve youth.Recommend

  • Munazza Sajwani

    Being Head Hunter myself, the article is of great value for job seekers. Good work Tribune,good work Hammad.Recommend

  • Ali Akbar

    @Faryal Chaudhry @Ashraf Chaudhry:
    Please wait for my next comment and let’s not jump over to conclusion. I understand that you have a soft corner for the blogger which might be out of some odd reason, but please wait for my next comment as it is awaited moderation. I wonder if you even checked the link I had suggested earlier.. DUDE???Recommend

  • Nasir Jamal

    @ Ali Akbar. see how many peoples like thats means they never visit your givin link ok you say this is copy but atleast read your first comments how hard words you use for writer i think you dnt know him he is professional tranner to realted subject and see never reply to your comment thats clearly say he is and all other peoples are not agreed with you. cool down and think hope now you understand what i am telling you.Recommend

  • Huzaifa Shabbir Hussain

    @Ali Akber, no hardfeelings it was just my thought which I shared, you have freedom to speak, but friend my point here is about giving the youth of Pakistan a way forward either it can be in any form, how many of us here have given time in compiling this 20 pointers list and as you are mentioning about middle East, friend all these points are generic point which are applicable for every applicant before going for interview!! Even you, me and every applicant!!Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/AshrafChaudhrySalesTrainer Ashraf Chaudhry

    @Ali Akbar, Yes I agree with you that I have soft corner for a blogger. There is a reason. Blogging/writing is not every body’s cup of tea. You sacrifice your family time to share something of value free of charge for the betterment of society. Should I have hard feelings for blogger? It takes guts and courage to see the good in society which is littered with sewerage thoughts. Criticism/fault finding is the most favorite hobby of ‘nothing-doings’.

    Gentleman, you have enough time to dissipate. While time is not my money, it is my life. I will spend a minute only to encourage someone rather than stifle someone’s initiative. Recommend

  • http://www.twspk.com Omair Ali

    I am so delighted to see such useful tips. In Pakistan internet use for job search is increasing. I am a web developer and love Rozee.pk . Write has rightly suggested the use of technology for job search. Not many people know that even Twitter can be effectively used for job search. Wonderful blog Sir.Recommend

  • Zishan Jafri

    Wonderful tips, the links provided are so useful for youth to understand how to find jobs in Pakistan and abroad. Congrats to Express Tribune for publishing such an excellent information for us.Recommend

  • Yasir Jafri

    I am jobless for 2 years, excellent blog Hammad sb. This information gives me strength to move on, thank you!Recommend

  • Insia Karamally

    Mr. Ali Akbar, I believe your comment is justified to some extent. While analyzing the situation here, it seems most of the commentators are either inspired by Mr. Siddiqui or are closely linked with him. Nevertheless, people should learn how to respond to to criticism and believe in fair play. Its a free media and everyone has the right to voice their opinions. I am shocked to see all fingers pointed at you, which justifies your claim of the job situation and hiring process in Pakistan. What a country we live in!!! Zero Tolerance!!!Recommend

  • fatimah

    Informative and well written. I have a plagiarism checker and this one comes up as original content sorry to disappoint you Ali Akbar! I think he’s taken the level of job hunt up a notch and strayed from the traditional route followed by most locals. Recommend

  • Tayyiba Iram

    WoW Thats great Hammad. Really its so concise and informative. Congrats for writing this and congrats to all those job seekers for whom this would be beneficial.Recommend

  • Majid Shabbir

    I greatly appreciate your tremendous efforts in guiding the youngsters for getting jobs, which at present are under tremendous pressure due to a number of factors. I understand that a good advice always acts as a source of inspiration for others and the way you are acting as a torch light, especially for youth, is highly commendable. These tips are really very useful and everyone can get help while seeking a job, which normally youngsters ignore and eventually fail to get a good job. I am surprised on Mr.Ali Akbar’s comments and putting blame of plagiarism. I don’t know when we will be out of blame game, leaving the policy of criticizing others without knowing potential and abilities of the persons, who are blamed for nothing. Everybody knows that tips for jobs are usually similar, and I believe write up of Mr.Hammad Siddique cannot be taken in the context of plagiarism. I would advise that we should always try to look at the brighter side, instead of finding something extra special from darker side.Recommend

  • http://www.wateen.com Irshad Ahmad

    I strongly agree with you sir, in my early career I was not did this activity even we spoke to candidates visits us for jobs , should know about companies ,product, its market and competition etc.
    Thanks for sharing.Recommend

  • Farhan Siddiqui

    It’s a great help for youth searching their path to futureRecommend

  • Halima Mohiuddin

    A very comprehensive and well put word of advice. It should put the fears and anxiety of fresh graduates to rest. Hats off to you Mr. Siddiqui Recommend

  • Faisal Rahim

    I fully agree with Hammad’s views. Keep up the good work Hammad.Recommend

  • Fatima

    @Anas: I advise females to stay away from this site — I had a really bad experience, there are some very sleezy Arab hiring manager perverts here and they are very condescending towards Pakistanis in general.Recommend

  • Alliyah

    Great article and very useful/practical tips. I found my first job on rozee and have been using it ever since.Recommend

  • S. M. Jafri

    Excellent sharing Hammad!!Recommend

  • Sobia Ahmed

    I am unable to understand why people are fighting over the orignality of this blog. I looked at the link provided by Ali Akbar, I did not find anything common in these two texts other than some conceptual commonalities.

    Overall this apprear some nice tips for job seekers. Moreover, people are reading this blog, I am sure some will benifits from this as well!Recommend

  • http://www.nutshellforum.com Muhammad Azfar Ahsan

    Very informativeRecommend

  • http://Facebook.com/Jaiser.FanPage Jaiser Abbas

    very informative article regarding JOB hunting, the main points will guide to get a better JOB in market, thanks for sharing Sir…Recommend

  • Naima Ansari

    brilliant piece… it is definitely going to help all those who are looking for jobs…and of course the tips you mentioned are going to help all of us for getting jobs..Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/muhammadtaimoorkhan Muhammad Taimoor

    I must say, u got this article exclusively designed for a guy like me, Almost done with the degree. These days, about to submit my final copy of dissertation. And what more i am moving to Dubai next month to have some walk in interviews as well as currently applying to some job openings at bayt.com as well as khaleej times. Thanks a lot for the guidelines, rather a checklist for me. Well, i m wondering now, if i was among youngsters who contacted you some time in the past to get help on job seeking:D Good Job, Jazakallah!Recommend

  • Nabeel Ahmed

    Awesome post Mr.Hammad, I have recently completed my MBA and these tips will surely help me get through the Interview process. The salary tip is great as most of us freshers quote expected salaries which sometimes works negatively for us. Linked in profiles also helps you great deal to know about the interviewer.Recommend

  • Muhammad Saad

    Awesome guidelines for youngsters. Thanks Mr. Hammad for sharing such informative guidelines. I think that LinkedIn is a very useful tool for job seekers and now people should really start using LinkedIn like they use facebook because this tool can really help youngsters in future.Recommend

  • sania zulfiqar

    Its really a great effort Mr. Hammad, I would like to appreciate you for writing such an informative article.Recommend

  • Umme Habiba

    you compile very helpful trip for youngsters who are seeking jobs. Recommend

  • Aisha

    @Fatima:
    So you do not recommend Bayt.com Is it? After going through this article, I was about to apply through that website. Who should I trust? The writer or you?Recommend

  • Sajid Ali

    These are excellent guideline for job seekers. They must read it before going for interviews and also recommend to others. Normally job seekers have to face difficulties in getting success in interviews because of lack of proper preparation for interview. I have interviewed many people and found that they appeared without any homework and thus remained unsuccessful. Though a few of them were talented but they unfortunately missed the opportunity. I must recommend that universities and colleges must give such guidelines and also let the students know about the use of latest tools like Facebook, twitter etc. I congratulate Mr.Hammad for this excellent work. Recommend

  • Humaira Zaman

    Good blog! But can be better one, if the blogger could have shared success stories..Recommend

  • Saima Majeed

    Your blog is motivating and supportive to the unemployed youth, thank you for writing.Recommend

  • http://www.corporateandme.com Helen

    It is most beneficial to see social media and the internet mentioned more than once. More and more, and I believe worldwide, it’s no longer just about finding interview opportunities, but actually being trained to create them. For one thing, this requires a very strong on-line presence. But for many, young and old, this task can prove daunting for different reasons. And so the need for good career professionals. Great list worth sharing! Regards, HelenRecommend

  • http://humorcarbons.com Mateen Hamza

    Where were you Hammad when i started looking for my first job :)
    Your 20 pointer list is nothing less than “Khul Ja Summ Summ” and inshallah will be opening doors for fresh and not so fresh job seekers.

    You won’t believe it, but interestingly there are lot of graduates out there who still don’t know what is LinkedIn. They simply have no idea how to look for a job using social media.

    Excellent work.Recommend

  • masooma

    Very informative, supportive and beneficial artical regarding job hunting.It is not only a guideline but also a check list.Keep motivating and guiding us!!!Recommend

  • http://www.greenwhitepakistan.org Rohan D.

    It is an excellent article Hammad sb. This is what I also talk about. Its the internet we spend most of our time with. And Google is something that has become not only a part of our life, but I would say The Life. With such immense power of this search engine we can do wonders in our life. But many people don’t know the How part.
    I would thank you on behalf of the people who it has helped in gaining the hopes again. Thumbs up and keep up the good work. God bless youRecommend

  • Hammad Siddiqui

    Dear Readers this blog has been picked-up by The Employment Daily, a paper.li issue published from the US.

    http://paper.li/tag/employment

    Check with #jobs right at the bottom of the paper.

    Thanks for appreciating. I will be regularly contributing to Express Tribune blogs. Keep watching!Recommend

  • A.E. Snyder

    Use the Internet to locate local non-profit groups seeking volunteer leaders that you can use to build up your resume. For example, my local club is seeking a Financial Director, Web site Director and Communications Director. Imagine a first time job seeker having those titles on their resume!Recommend

  • fahnan

    Very well written, for those who are starting to get into the job market be able and willing to do internship, you need a base to build your carrier on, also don’t be shy to socialize on and off the work scene, if they remember you well from your sociability skills chances are they might call you up for an opening in the futureRecommend

  • sumaira

    Thanks alot for providing us with your good suggestions. I am a recent MBA will surely follow your guidelines.Recommend

  • Asma Majeed

    Very useful information. I am a fresh graduate and I will keep these in mind while applying for Job. Thanks for sharing.Recommend

  • Nadia

    In the light of your blog posted here Sir, I would like to say that in the present scenario students or youngster are facing lots of problems in getting jobs.A proper guidance should be given to them so that they can observe and select the right field which suits them. And the process you have explanied will definately enlightening them to go upwards.

    Thank YouRecommend

  • Zahid Khan

    Well done Express Tribune, keep up the good work hammad!!!Recommend

  • Husnain

    Excellent blog…Recommend

  • Nhameed

    Its an article which is well focused for the young graduates in search of a job. Somehow the values in our society have been badly shaken and the youths actually believe that unless thay have a source they cannot find a job. Just look around you…..the companies are hiring, its only a matter of how you do the networking, which has been explained beautifully in this article. Even if there is a lead for a job, the succint points leading to follow-up net working your way through the corporate barries is an excellent guideline.

    Great work Hammad! Keep it up!Recommend

  • Tazeen Mohsin

    Very helpful!Recommend

  • Zahra Haider

    You deserve a lot of appreciation for writing such an informative blog. Excellent! Recommend

  • Muaz Moid

    Please share this type of information at regular intervals, Good piece!!Recommend

  • Izda Ahmad

    Its a very comprehensive and informative blog. Well done Mr. HammadRecommend

  • Dr. Hina Sohail

    Its an informative blog for medical professionals as well, because most of us are handicap to the competitiveness of the industry due to an excuse of technological jargon. Thank you for spreading this awareness!Recommend

  • Erum Rehman

    I’m going to motivate my students to study this blog and I think its a requirement of the day. Thank you for sharing such a valuable information. Recommend

  • Asif Moiz

    What a lovely idea to use the internet, Excellent!Recommend

  • Aasim Mukhtar

    Good information!!Recommend

  • http://zamir.deviantart.com Zamir Anjum

    Wow … As usual Hammad Sahib. great helpful tips for job hunting. Recommend

  • Muhammad Zeeshan

    I am sharing it with friends very useful material.Recommend

  • Waqar

    Indeed very helpful tipsRecommend

  • Sheraz Gilani

    Remarkable effort.Recommend

  • Sana Arooj

    Valuable TipsRecommend

  • Mushtaq

    Exceptional Blog…Recommend

  • Sohail

    Such blogs are need of time, please keep writing. Thank you!Recommend

  • Mushtaq Ilyas

    Tremendous effortRecommend

  • Mohsana Iqbal

    Its time we youngsters start using Internet more constructively..amazing article sir!Recommend

  • Raza Abbas

    Dear Mr. Hammad,

    Thanks for sharing the article. Nicely written however the majority of jobs are found though networking this is a global and local strategy, I would recommend you focus to graduates
    on how to do networking it is a skill that not many can do.

    Thanks once again for sharing.

    Take Care,
    Raza Abbas
    Global Career ConsultantRecommend

  • Dr. Dilbar Saeed

    Hammad Siddiqui, this article will not only help new job seekers, but will also help those who are trying to get a better job / job switch, Great work, keep going.Recommend

  • Gul-E-Zehra Abbas

    Very informative and well written. Will certainly share it with my students!Recommend

  • Zeeshan Lakhpaty

    Very well written article Hammad and a must read for all young job seekers. You have rightly mention that checking out the profiles of the interviewer before going for an interview through Linkedin and other mediums play an important role. And also, it is essential to customize the resume for every position and the candidates should think like an employer that why they would hire them and resume is their first point of contact. And very true, networking is one of the key to success in job search; after all your network is your net worth!Recommend

  • Sumera

    Excellent Sharing! The mentioned few points which we usually take for granted, can play a great role in the response of Yes or No. We mostly don’t know who is interviewing us and what the company does. I would request you to please share the response to some of the commonly asked questions for example I am always confused about what information should I share when they ask “Tell me about yourself”. Thanks for the guidance.Recommend

  • Saad Hassan Khan

    @Vijay:
    True and I at least have never heard of any one who got a good
    job through these sitesRecommend

  • http://www.spelt.org/pk lubna

    Great writeup and tips for job saekers. Athough I am not looking for a job but the

    youngsters running after head-hunters will certainly find this guidelines helpful.

    Simple language, doable tips ,,,,,

    Thanks for sharing !

    LPRecommend

  • Ali Akbar

    Shocking that the moderator is not posting my comments. Wonder if somehow this blog is to publish only praises for the blogger or to show people the rosy picture only. I am sure at least you the moderator is reading this. Its people like you who are the culprits and do not promote justice and fair play. Wonder if you are another victim of politics??? Nevertheless, there are people like me in Pakistan who will find other channels, unbiased and fair, and at least try to deliver the message where audience is impartial. Wonder even if comments posted are genuine as I am not able to find comments other than all praises for the writer.Shocking that the moderator is not posting my comments. Wonder if somehow this blog is to publish only praises for the blogger or to show people the rosy picture only. I am sure at least you the moderator is reading this. Its people like you who are the culprits and do not promote justice and fair play. Wonder if you are another victim of politics??? Nevertheless, there are people like me in Pakistan who will find other channels, unbiased and fair, and at least try to deliver the message where audience is impartial. Wonder even if comments posted are genuine as I am not able to find comments other than all praises for the writer.Recommend

  • http://www.abcwi.org Kelly Tourdot

    Thanks, Hammad for your insights. Trying to get a job in this market is tough and having a well laid out plan is exactly what you need. If you follow through with these steps you not only will secure a job but find one you truly love. Recommend

  • Lisa Formanek

    Hammad, The information you provided can be used by anyone in the world job hunting, especially in the United States of America! I will be sure to pass along! Congrats Hammad once again, for your blog always delivers informative and precise information! Recommend

  • Carole Lemon

    Excellent advice Mr. Hammad!Recommend

  • Deb Schmidt

    Why do we push our youth to get a job? I know not everyone can be a self made business person, but whats wrong with new ideas and capitizing on them. We need better work ethics and better educations, to help our youth to succeed. We need capitilism to work in the U.S. and if we capitlise on new ideas, those people will create jobs.Recommend

  • Atif Hussain

    Very informative and nicely written article, if we follow all these rules i must say it makes a difference and give an edge to that candidate among others. Linkedin surely helps alot.Recommend

  • Carol White

    How true every one of these points are. I may have missed it – but, one more – be on time for the interview!
    I have been interviewing/hiring for many years and so many of these points are just basic, common sense, but are not taught anywhere in our schools. I encourage anyone seeking a job to take a close look at all of these points and do not think “oh, that doesn’t apply to me with this job” – they apply to every job interview.
    Great post Hannad.Recommend