Job hunting can be daunting. It is like that dreaded term paper you must write in high school. It is going to take time and you don’t know where to start.
Take a deep breath. People find jobs, and you will too. Here are some ideas to jump start the journey.
The best place to start is with your resume and cover letter. Set aside a block of time and type up your qualifications. It is easy to find templates online. Also, make sure you are ready to dress for an interview. Start shopping or saving for that investment.
Customize Your Application Materials
Once you have created a basic resume and cover letter, remember one size does not fit all. You may be applying for an assortment of jobs. Alter both documents to highlight the skills that best match each position.
Do Your Research
It is important to know something about the company to which you are applying. Look at their website and social media accounts. If you know someone who works there, ask questions. This helps you tailor your paperwork and lays the foundation for a successful interview.
Use Your Network and Your Resources
We all know someone who found a job because their cousin, friend or fourth grade teacher’s daughter worked at the company. Hiring is expensive and risky for companies. Knowing someone within the organization not only improves your odds, it also gives the company an additional layer of confidence. If you have access to a career services or job placement office, use those connections as well.
When you are looking for a job, you put your best foot forward. If you ignore a phone call or forget to reply to an email message, it is a bad sign for future performance. Be on top of your game and follow through. It is fine to tell a company you are no longer interested in a position too.
Expect Rejection and Move On
Depending on the position, only 2 percent – 20 percent of applicants get an interview. Job hunting may take a while, and rejection is no fun. It may seem cliché, but those who eventually succeed don’t give up!
Consider a Using a Staffing Agency
Although a staffing agency is something many people never consider, it provides a multitude of benefits. With their large pool of resources, staffing firms can put you into a position quickly. For younger people, this provides experience, and seasoned workers can avoid gaps on their resumes. In a best-case scenario, it may lead to permanent employment. However, even something indirectly related to your field will build your references and your network. And the best part, you can continue to receive a paycheck throughout your job search.