6 Keys To A Successful Job Hunt
Today’s job hunt does not compare to the job hunt 3 years ago. It is hard to find a position that you “qualify” for that pays well. Today’s employers want entry level candidates to have mid-level experience. How does this make sense? Why did I spend thousands of dollars studying and training for career I can’t break into? What is going on and why?!
Due to technology and society advancing, you have to know more than entry-level basic skills. Today, there are more graduates and people switching careers entering the workforce. When tons of people are competing for a job, employers have to boost their requirements. This is so they can maximize their return on investment (you).
This means you need to take your job hunt serious. That’s why it’s called a hunt; the definition of “hunt” is to search determinedly for someone or something. You have to be determined and persistent in your search. So, how did I get three jobs in various fields in one year, move to another state and acquire five job interviews and three job offers.
Well, it wasn’t luck. I worked my butt off. My hard work consisted of a routine and using resources. I did my research and followed these guidelines:
1) Apply For Jobs Daily
You need to apply to at least 5 jobs everyday. I know, I know, applications are tedious and repetitive. Applying is boring, but you have to do it. Remember, there are other applicants who want that same job. Also, job postings expire! Don’t put it off.
2) Be Open To Various Job Opportunities
Don’t be picky. Beggars can’t be choosers. Don’t count any organization or company out, unless they go against your values. There is no way you should think that you are too good or overqualified for a position. You have to start somewhere. If you end up getting the job and not liking it, then you can quit. You never know what you can gain from that position/organization .
3) Job search Everywhere
Search everywhere. I used so many resources to find open job positions. The websites I used were:
My local PRSA chapter
My university’s career services page
My previous professors
You need to exhaust EVERY resource. It also never hurts to send your resume and cover letter to the HR manager of a company you’re interested in. Not every company posts their job openings. Remember, they’re not going to ignore a good candidate.
4) Tailor Your Resume
Cater your resume and cover letter. Depending on the positions you’re applying for, you should have different versions of your resume. My public relations resume highlights all my PR achievements and positions. It also shows that I have experience working on a team and managing myself. My management resume shows off my customer service and sales experience. Keep it updated and with no errors.
5) Write A Cover Letter
Have a cover letter. Your cover letter should say a little about you. It can tell a story. It can tell why you’re interested in that position. Don’t say “Hi HR Manager, my name is Mya Hyman. This is my cover letter. My resume is attached. Thank you.” It should be one to two paragraphs. No one has time for an essay.
6) Take All Job Interviews
Don’t turn down an interview. If you’re chosen for an interview, don’t turn it down. Even if it’s not something you want. Something is better than nothing. Plus, you get interview practice. That will only help you.
Mya Hyman is a young public relations practitioner in Little Rock who strives for self-fulfillment through self-actualization and living a committed life to God. Her interests include writing, mentorship, and advising young professions on career development. Mya is in the process of publishing her blog, Asset Yourself, but can be reached on LinkedIn