Let’s be honest, finding a job isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. But, if you need help finding a job, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve spent time talking to employers and hired members to see what works, what doesn’t and how you can stand out from the competition and get hired. These are some of their best tips on how to find a job.
1) Be realistic
Be honest with yourself when looking for a job. Employers are often given applications where the job seeker is extremely unqualified for the position. Now, it’s sometimes okay to apply to a job where you might not meet all the requirements, but can make up for it by volunteer experience, education, etc., but applying to a job that requires 8 years experience when you haven’t had a job before is just going to annoy the employer and get your resume in the discard pile.
Everyone has to start somewhere and many companies have training programs to help you move up the company ladder. So, while you may not want to start at the bottom, remember that the end game is worth it.
2) Make finding a job your job
We’ve made it easier than ever to apply to jobs with many new features on our site. But, you still have to take the time to do it. Plan out your daily schedule and make room for job searching. This could be searching for and applying to jobs on your computer, calling your friends to see if they know of any openings, going into businesses to ask if they are hiring, and even following up on your applications. While job searching isn’t always the most fun thing in the world, it is important that you schedule time to make it happen. More than likely an employer won’t show up at your door begging you to work, you have to put in the effort.
3) Use all your resources
It’s easy to only rely on yourself to find a job. But, you’d be missing out on a big opportunity by not using your network as your own personal job-search team. Let everyone you know that you are searching for a job. Maybe they know of a position that hasn’t been listed. Maybe they know of a business that’s about to open. The more people you have looking for you, the more opportunities you’ll have.
In addition, your team can help you prepare for interviews, cheer you up when things feel rough and cheer for you when that job offer comes in. When your search has ended, make sure you thank your team and let them know how much it meant to you that they were always there when you needed them the most. You might be surprised by how much your friends and family will root for you.
4) Don’t make the biggest job search mistake
You’ve probably heard this time and time again…you HAVE to check your applications before sending them in. Employers have told us many, many times that the number one mistake that job seekers make is by having typos on their job applications and resumes. It sounds simple enough, but there are steps you should be taking before you apply to each job to ensure your applications are in good shape.
First, read your resume and application out loud. It’s weird, I know, but you might be able to find something you’ve missed. That red squiggly line doesn’t catch everything. Then, have a friend or family member look it over. They’ll be your next line of defense to make sure that nothing is incorrect. Finally, do a triple check of your contact information. I can’t tell you how many times employers have told us that they try to reach out to a job applicant and their email address or phone number is wrong. In fact, we heard from one job seeker who accidentally put down his best friend’s phone number…and the friend ended up getting hired!
5) Always, always, always follow up
A very common job search mistake is thinking that you are done after you send in that application. Wrong. The next step is to follow up on your application. It can feel a little awkward, but trust us when we say that employers actually want you to follow up. They told us.
There are three main ways to follow up: over the phone, in person and through email. Each of these is a way to get in front of the employer and give them a little more information than what’s on your resume. You’re more than a piece of paper and following up is how you can prove that to employers. Plus, it makes it look like you are very interested in their job and not just any random position.
6) Never give up, never surrender!
There will be times when it’s really easy to find a job. You apply for a few, some call you to interview, you quickly get hired. But, there may be times when your job search takes a little longer than expected. It’s frustrating, we know, but your best bet would be keeping a positive attitude and keep going for it. You never want to stop applying until you have the job, no matter how long it’s taking.
If things don’t seem to be going your way, take a step back and look at the jobs you’re applying to, the way you’re following up and the shape of your applications. Also, see if you can take some time and build up your resume by volunteering somewhere in your career field or even taking classes to brush up on your experience.
What other tips do you have for finding a job? Let us know below!