Getting a job can seem daunting. Not anymore. It’s time to break down the task into individual pieces so that you can tackle it with ease (or at least with less stress).
1. Put Together Your Resume
Before you even start applying for jobs, create your resume. Why? In case an amazing opportunity presents itself right off the bat, you want to be ready in a moment’s notice. Your resume isn’t just a list of prior jobs, education, and interests. It’s also a reflection of your path and what type of career future it could lead to. Double, triple check that there are no spelling or grammatical errors, maintain style consistency throughout, keep it succinct but not too brief that it appears as though you have done nothing and have no interests.
2. Should You Look For A Job Online?
There are a plethora of online job boards and websites. Many companies that post aren’t necessarily looking for new employees right now, but instead just like to always have their feelers out. Before going in for an interview, find out what types of positions are available. Sure, a few practice interviews re great in order to familiarize yourself with the interview situation, you don’t want to start wasting time going on job interviews for non-existent opportunities.
3. What about Headhunters/Recruiters?
Being interviewed by a headhunter is a very different interview since you aren’t being interviewed by the person who would actually be hiring you. Those meetings are often more general and straight-forward and less personality driven. You should expect to take different tests- sometimes multiple choice and sometimes essay. Since you don’t know the type of clients who are hiring, be professional, polite, and pulled together.
4. The Best Way to Get A Job
Family friends and acquaintances. The best jobs often never make it to the job boards but instead are hired out through word of mouth and internally. Once you know what your career goals are, start telling people, let friends and family know that you are looking within the specific industry. Once you start telling people these goals, they will try to help you and you’ll find that, instead of spending so much time trying to find the right job, the right job actually finds you.
5. Confidence: Your Most Powerful Tool
Confidence, not arrogance, is essential when it comes to getting a job. You don’t want to come across as too good, too smart, too experienced, too know-it-all. Be friendly and interested in learning, but knowledgeable and controlled. Hold your head, but not your nose, high. Express poise yet grace. Have a solid, look-you-in-the-eye, hand shake. Smile. Say thank you. Ask questions. Listen. Answer succinctly, but add in enough details that you seem interesting and that it is apparent that you clearly have something to bring to the table.
6. Research, research, research
The key to feeling confident is preparation. Study up on the industry, company, and even the person who is doing the interview.
Every interviewer asks a few are basic questions: “Tell me about yourself?” and “What interests you about this position?” Have answers to those questions. Also, at the end of the interview, when you are asked “Do you have any questions?” Be prepared with a couple. These shouldn’t be about salary or hours, but instead something interesting about the company.
8. Dress Up
Looking confident helps you to feel confident. Select a couple of go-to “interview” outfits that you know you look good in and speaks to your personality. They aren’t just clothes, they help to define you. Make sure your clothes aren’t too baggy, tight, wrinkled, casual, or overly dressy.
Clean up your Facebook page! Facebook is the visual resume of your life. It illustrates what your interests honestly include and how you conduct yourself in social situations. Do you want your potential future boss to stumble upon your wall and discover the real you, beyond your proofread and professionally structured resume? A few tips: don’t have too many photos of you drinking, partying, looking hungover, dressing slutty, and definitely not doing drugs! Don’t have posts about how angry, depressed, or “Over it” you are. Don’t talk negatively about your current or past boss.
What if you end up hating your job?
Before deciding to quit, stop and think:
-Do you hate your current status within your career?
-Do you hate the situation in which you are in- dictated by your boss or co-workers, not the status as a whole?
-Do you hate the final destination, the end goal, the lifestyle or working environment of your bosses boss?
If you hate your current status, remember that lower levels can often have a hazing like quality. You will get through and past it soon enough.
If you hate your current situation, maybe it’s the company or boss that needs changing, not the entire career path. Look for other companies, or if you love the company, just not your boss, see if it’s appropriate to laterally move within the company.
If you hate your end goal, then maybe you should re-evaluate your career and think of another more suitable one for you. There is nothing wrong with mi-course corrections. You are never too old to start over again.