As springtime approaches, the same is true spring cleaning and, for some, which means a job clean up. Whether you are looking for a new internship or full-time job, I will pass along my tricks and tips to you. I had been recently on the job hunt for about two months and finally received (and accepted) an offer! I'm extremely looking forward to it which is definitely fat loss off of my shoulders.
Hopefully my good vibes follow you along your job hunting journey and bring you something amazing. But my first tidbit of advice is: don't worry if the results aren't instantaneous. It may take weeks or months of constant resume editing and sending out applications, but eventually the right offer for exactly the right job for you will come. You need to be patient and do your research of never giving up on your research.
I found I considered three main sources for job openings, advice as well as networking. The first?
I know what you're already thinking – yet another person shoving LinkedIn down your throat. Ugh. But believe me, LinkedIn will soon enough become your best friend. So have a day to sit down and truly focus on your account and your profile. Add every job and/or class project you've worked on that resonated with you and that could bring something to the table in terms of a possible interview. How did that job/project help you grow as a person? What did you learn from it that you can carry along with you inside your next job? Have the ability to answer these questions for yourself to ensure that way you're prepared when another person is asking the questions.
One from the first what exactly you need to complete on LinkedIn is be sure you upload a nice, professional headshot photo. Under this photo and your name then rests a “Headline” section, where you need to explain in some words what you’re searching for. Career in social networking? Internship for psychology? Allow the world know! Doing this away from the gate can help future recruiters or hr folks know who you are and what you would like if your name pops up inside a search query. Just don't be so specific when someone reads it, they automatically could disqualify you for a position.
Another main thing you have to focus on with LinkedIn are the connections. Network, network, network! LinkedIn will help you by mentioning a multitude of people they believe you might know. You also have the choice to search for individual people you might know and want to interact with. Once you have an up-to-date profile and some connections, start your search and apply! An essential thing to remember is to find out if you have any connections towards the company that you might be trying to get. If luck has it and also you do, send them a direct message! Say hello, explain your reason for reaching out, and see whether they can offer any advice with regards to the application process. Once you have done this, it might potentially give you an “in” with the company or simply provide you with a better concept of when you might hear back about your application. Either way, it's definitely a winning situation.
Next on my small list of sources to go to when job/internship hunting is Indeed.com. When I was searching, I didn't use every other major job availability sites aside from this one. I understand many people recommend Monster or some others, but I always felt the safest and had probably the most luck finding openings on Indeed.com. All you really have to do is to establish an account and begin searching.
When you get a job you'd like to make an application for, some postings will give you the option of “Easy Apply” where one can apply directly from Indeed, where others will link you over to the company website. Once you “Easy Apply” several times, Indeed will ask you if you want to upload a resume to help keep on apply for when you apply to other jobs in the future. This is up to you, however i never do this simply because I know exactly where my resume reaches year 'round therefore it never required whenever to add it into my application.
This is really all there is to complete on Indeed. It's super user friendly and my main advice with this website is that new tasks are posted every single day. Take some time to continue searching and, again, use different phrases and words to make sure you see all of your options. You never know just how a recruiter or company will list a situation before you find it.
Lastly, a resource that I i never thought of until another person brought it to my attention. Facebook. Not just is Facebook a method to keep in touch with relatives and friends, it's also the place to find many “pages” and “groups” for career building. I was asking a friend of mine for many job advice and she added me into two different Facebook groups in my city. I wrote an article on one from the pages, explained who I was and what I was searching for in my career coupled with multiple comments within the hour. Not just were a few of the comments notices for available jobs, some were also simply suggestion and positivity, which I greatly appreciated in my duration of uncertainty.
And because everyone loves a happy ending, among those simple Facebook comments led to my recent job offer. So hold your judgement about Facebook before you try to go to this!
I can't exactly let you know what your groups will be named, but mine included the town I had been job searching in and something like “Women in Digital” or “Digital Jobs.” Based on what career you're searching for, try some different words and phrases matching using the city you're looking to work in and hopefully some results will appear. Once you're admitted to the groups, post about yourself as well as your professional aspirations and wait to see what happens. You never know, maybe your soon-to-be job offer will come in one of these comments.
Above all else, stay patient and be kind to yourself. Nobody gets a job overnight. As long as you strive and remain focused, something good can come for you. The perfect project for you is only the click of an application as well as an interview away. You got this.
Have any other strategies for the task hunt? Let me know below within the comments!