Searching for a new job shouldn’t feel like a chore, but it feels like that for many of us. Especially those who’ve been doing for longer than a month. But perhaps there’s something you’re not doing right? Perhaps you need a glimmer of hope so that you can do well on the next job you apply for? Or perhaps you’re just here for the humour? Whatever your reason, follow along for 9 job searching tips that work for me.
Just be yourself
They’re going to learn eventually who you really are, so it’s best to just be yourself. But I also say this because a lot of people tend to write academically, as if it’s going to win them points. Unless you’re applying for a very senior position, academic speak is boring. This especially goes for most hospitality and retail positions. You’re sending your resume to a human being, so don’t go talking like a robot. Also, being yourself could help win you brownie points, because the recruiter isn’t reading another boring ass resume. Of course, if you are prone to swearing like a sailor, you may not want to be too much of yourself, but do be candid about who you are and show it proudly. The way you write tells so much about you.
Even when you are desperate, be picky. You don’t want to waste any time applying for places you don’t want, so why not focus all that energy on the places you’d love to work at? It makes sense. Also, when you are picky, you put more effort into the application. You make sure everything is right and ready. So be picky.
Broaden your search
I’m not saying you shouldn’t browse on those online job searching sites, but don’t just stick to them. You’d be surprised where jobs can come from — even from your friends. I’ve been told of places that are looking for workers who haven’t even advertised it yet. Can you imagine how they’d feel if some person comes along and throws their great resume at them? No having to waste money on advertising the position!
Do your research
Not just on the places your applying to, but even of the industry your getting into. A little knowledge of where the market is going will give you insight into who’s probably looking for workers. But especially do research on each company you apply for. A five minute browse of their website and social media channels could show you what you need to say in that cover letter. Are they carefree? Are they serious? What vibe do they exhibit? Researching will also help with the interview later.
Nobody likes a bland resume
I was once told that you should steer clear of using cool templates for your resume, but let me honest with you; that recruiter will be trundling through hundreds of applications and the last thing they want is another bland resume. So please, for the sake of the recruiter, spruce it up. Are you a wannabe journalist? Hyperlink your published work as a sidebar. Website designer? Format your resume to look like the home page of a website. Nurse? Add the rod of Asclepius to the background. It’s little things like this that grabs attention. Not only that but they show the recruiter how much you want the job.
Prepare your own questions for the interview
Yay! You have landed an interview. Now to make a plan… First, you should brush up your skills on how to answer common interview questions — most notably that scary one about your greatest weakness. But while you plan for them, you should also make a small list of questions to ask as well. Questions that show your interest in the position. My safe question is “what is the office vibe of [company name].” Don’t be asking about the logistics of the role, because you should already have a fair idea of that by now. Ask questions that showcase your ability to get the job done. “How often do staff get to meet with the boss to discuss future developments?” “What are the prospects of moving up in the company?” Asking questions also gives surprise to the recruiter, who doesn’t have to be the one asking all the questions.
The final tick of approval
You’ve done the interview and now you have to wait. But before you go about waiting, I highly recommend sending a short “thank you” email to whoever interviewed you. This puts you front and centre of their mind, but it also shows your courteousness and passion for the role. It could just be the final tick of approval for your application.
Do you have any good tips for job searching? Add them to the comments below!