Job searching is tiring, maddening, and at times just all out frustrating. Between the overall amount of jobs to sort through, the scam jobs that float around pretending to be genuine opportunities and not to mention having to fill in all of your information AFTER uploading your resume.
I know, I’ve been there. I spent the first 5 months after graduation looking for employment and suffered a job loss almost two years later that left me unemployed for over a year.
Finding a job can be hard, but if you’re prepared for it, it does get easier.
1. Utilize Every Job Site You Know
That means Monster, Career Builder, Dice, Glassdoor, Indeed, and anything else that’s specific to your field or area. My alma mater has a job board that’s just for former students. The people posting their know that they’re going to get someone well educated and will have the skills they want for the positions they’re looking for. Check your school’s site and see if they have something similar. If not, contact your career services department for anything they can give you. The point is: utilize everything. You never know where the right opportunity might show up.
2. Have a Resume Tailored to Different Fields
If you’re really into it, go ahead and tailor your resume for each job you apply to (this is ideal, but I know after the first few weeks of looking, it’s tiring). This works well by adding some of the key words that are in the job post, though just throwing them in there for the hell of it won’t work. I have two separate resumes at the moment. One is for more office type positions and one is for more journalistic positions. Because I have a degree that’s diverse enough for that, it works out in my favor.
3. Always Add a Cover Letter
I’m guilty of not following my own advice. I was never big on cover letters when I was job searching because they always seemed to be too much effort for so little payout. I’m also not great at selling myself as an employee so I figured no cover letter is better than a shitty one, right? If you’re seriously interested in a job, make the extra effort. Show the hiring manager that you are the person to hire for their opening. Cover letters may be a pain in the ass, but they’re a way to convey some things that you can’t in a resume. Have a random gap in your work history? Put it in the cover letter. Have some softer skills that don’t fit in the resume? Add it to the cover letter. Have an absolute obsession with the field the company is in but it’s not what your degree is in? You bet you should put that in the cover letter.
4. Keep and Eye Out For Scam/Bad Jobs
This is something I came across a lot in my job search. There’s one thing to have a position open for a part time job, but it’s something different if they try fitting a full-time job in a part time position with minimum wage pay. There’s also the Multi-Level Marketing positions. It’s technically legal, but it’s shady as hell. Most places will promise a large income with little to no real work involved. The BBB does a much better job at explaining it than I can in such a small post. It may not qualify as a pyramid scheme, but… if it quacks like a duck and looks like a duck…
5. Never Give Up
This is something to always remember. If you’re having trouble finding a job, it can be a depressing time. There were days where I never wanted to get out of bed, never mind apply to jobs. But, good thing a lot of job boards have apps, so I was able to apply to a few jobs while still tucked away in my blankets. The main thing is to never stop applying. Things change from day to day. Working at a staffing company, I’ve seen how some jobs fall through, a candidate decided to drop out and they need someone else. You never know when the perfect job will find you.
Do you have any other job searching tips? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @LBTY_Blog