The job hunt. (Shivers sent down spine.)
For most, the job search process can cause major anxiety. And rightfully so, there’s a lot on the line-your rent, bills, those hot new knee high boots you’ve been dying over. Just to name a few things. Yes, sending out a million resumes online and waiting for a call back can be extremely stressful. It’s a tough market with 9,583 people all applying for the same jobs. I know because I’ve been there…we all have.
There is hope at the end of the job search tunnel, though. I attended a workshop that left me feeling motivated and in a positive head space. The job coaches were amazing and I want to share some of the key tips that really stood out to me.
∇ Think about your personal brand. I don’t mean you have to be the next Bethany promoting Skinnygirl products (But then again who wouldn’t want that empire?)
I mean YOU.
What are your passions? What’s your experience to this point? Where do you want to go?
Write all this out in bullet points or a paragraph. You want to have a clear, concise answer when people start asking, “Tell me about yourself”. Sure, you can list where you graduated from and your degrees, but don’t forget to tell your story that’s unique to you. This is what’s going to stand out and set you apart. For instance, you may discuss what motivated you to pursue this field or what drives you. On an interview, of course you will be professional, but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine. Likability is a big part of an employers decision.
∇ Networking is everything. Again, networking is everything. Had to emphasize that because with so much competition out there, it really helps to have a connection. Time to think of all of your networks…and their networks. Who knew that your cousin Tom went to college with a major player at Google?! Start talking to anyone and everyone and putting it out there that you’re looking for a job. Don’t forget to help others with any connections you might have, as well. Keep that giving cycle going and it may come back to you.
∇ We’re all on social media for pretty much the entire day anyways, so why not do something a bit more useful than watching cute animal videos and insta stalking? Update your Linkedin profile and start being active. Post articles related to your field, comment on other’s posts and look for mentors in your field to reach out to. Mentors have the experience and knowledge to help guide you with career decisions or provide contacts. They’ve been there and done that. Maybe email them some questions, ask for a phone conference or if you’re feeling bold, ask to buy them a coffee and pick their brain. That meeting could be priceless. Totally worth the fear of asking, right? Linkedin also offers networking events or check out some in your area.
∇ Jazz up that resume with keywords! Machines are more likely reviewing your resumes than an actual person, so make sure you have the keywords that were in the job ad description. That’s what the machine will be tracking. More keywords=machine likey=you get an interview.
∇ Feeling down on yourself? Don’t get so caught up in the chase that you forget that you’re pretty great. Any company would be lucky to have you. It definitely helps to have a few positive people in your corner to lift you up when you’re feeling down.
∇ Keep perspective. Without risk there would be no growth and excitement. So, embrace the journey. Envision what you want and start taking small steps to get it.
Now, hustle girlboss.