job hunting 101

wordcloudi’ve only had one or two jobs that checked all of the boxes for me, which means that the majority of my post-grad life has been spent filling out job applications. i’ve probably applied for more jobs and been on more interviews than the average person.

that being said, i’ve been told “no” more times than i can count, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. i’m not ashamed to say that i’ve applied for and even interviewed for the same job more than once.

some people might say i’m dumb, but i like to think i’m ambitious.

i’m back on the job-hunting wagon again, as the company i worked for suddenly announced this week that it’s folding. hundreds of people, including me, are without jobs.

it sucks, but i feel like this is a big opportunity for me to take what i’ve learned at this job and apply these skills in a new position. i’ve already had several phone interviews, so i’m feeling optimistic.

if you’re in the same boat as me, here are some tips i use or have used to find jobs that fit my career aspirations:

  1. keep your resume up-to-date. every time you learn a new skill or receive a certification, add it to your resume. view it as a working document, not a “final” draft. also, don’t be afraid if it’s longer than one page — this is an age-old wive’s tale.
  2. find out what you’re worth. it’s not fool-proof, but has a tool that allows you to input a few key points of information and it will calculate what you should be getting paid. potential employers need to know what you want to get paid; you can also use this ballpark figure to negotiate a raise at your current job.
  3. get on LinkedIn. create a profile, upload a photo and add resume highlights. add connections, skills and endorsements. follow companies you’re interested in. and most importantly, create job searches for positions you’re qualified for. (you can find me here on LinkedIn.)
  4. use connections you already have. reconnect with former classmates or coworkers on social media. ask them if they know of any job openings at their current place of employment or if they know of anyone who is hiring. even if it’s been years since you last spoke, they’re going to help you out if they can.
  5. utilize a headhunter. companies want to find the right person for the right position, and headhunters, recruiters and agencies are constantly on the look-out for that person. throw your hat in the ring — the majority of these resources are free, and you’ll have someone on your side whose end goal is the same as yours: to find you a job.
  6. think outside of the box. maybe you have a business degree, but haven’t found the right job yet. what other skills do you possess that could help you broaden your job search? did you help plan your sister’s wedding or manage your sorority’s volunteer efforts? you might do well as an event planner or account manager!
  7. look for ways to build your portfolio or resume. start freelancing. open your own etsy store. become a social media influencer. take the plunge and start a youtube channel. take a class to further your education. go back to school. use your creativity! the opportunities are endless.
  8. start your own business. if you’re done working for the man, go into business for yourself. be a girl boss. take the plunge and become an entrepreneur. my best friend just did this, and i couldn’t be more proud of her. she’s proving those who told her she couldn’t do it wrong, and is learning so much about herself and the business world.

what are some of your job hunting tips? i would love to hear them!

until next time,

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