Step one is reading this article! But seriously, finding a job is one of the most dreadful things I have had to overcome in the past. It has proven to be especially difficult for those with no work experience.
In this post I will be sharing some of the steps I took to find a job, as well as some of the things I look for in an applicant being an assistant manager at my current job.
Step. 1 Make a Resume
This one is probably the most important step you can take. It not only makes applying for numerous jobs at once easier, but it also makes you stand out among applicants who didn’t take the time to make one.
Making a resume is tedious sometimes. So let me touch on some things to start with to help you out.
Make a list of EVERY task you accomplish at your current job/past jobs.
Narrow this list down to about 5 really strong key tasks. The more relevant they are to the job you are applying for, the better. One thing I recommend doing is researching some of the jobs you would be interested in applying to. Most of the time they will list what they are looking for in an applicant, and this can also help you narrow down your list.
Make a few different resumes. I personally have two that I perfected, one listing my basic jobs and the tasks I did at each, and another focused more on my medical knowledge. You wouldn’t want to send a restaurant orientated resume to a hospital, am I right?
Make sure resume is clarified and to the point. Most of the time, the person in charge of looking over resumes only glance at it for a minute, so make sure you don’t spend too much time making long, detailed sentences. Remember K.I.S.S….. Keep It Simple Stupid 😉
Proofread!!!!! It is so distracting when I read an application that has a bunch of errors on it. Don’t sell yourself short!
Keep the layout very simple and professional, and don’t be afraid to have someone look over it for you.
There are a whole bunch of resume building websites to help you out if you ever get stuck on something! I have used a few including this one if you want to check it out 🙂
Step 2. Search for job.
Take advantage of technology and hit the internet first. There are a ton of websites that you can set an account up on for free. After that, all you have to do is click apply on a job that interests you, and all your information is already saved and automatically filled in for you! Super awesome and easy! I tend to use Indeed.com or Snagajob.com because it is super simple to input your job search criteria, and they even send you an email when jobs with that description are available in your area!
I have used craigslist.com a few times in the past, but beware of scammers!
The next step I take when searching for a job is to stop by a few places I would be interested in working for. Now, there are a few things to keep in mind when doing this.
Dress to impress! I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten an interview on the spot just for looking professional. First impressions mean everything! Heck, I dressed professional to walk into a Mcdonalds looking for a job!
Bring your resume. Even if they have an application to fill out, leave a resume with them anyways! It will make your application stand out among the hundreds of others that applied before you.
DO IT ALONE! I know transportation wise, you may need a friend or family member to drive you around. That’s fine, but be sure you walk into the place of business by yourself.
I used to walk around with my friend to apply for jobs, and unfortunately she had a lot more job experience than me. Needless to say, I never got a call back from them.
Applying by yourself makes you look a lot more independent and self sufficient. I have seen people come in with their mothers to apply, and the mothers do all the talking for them. Nope… we aren’t hiring at the moment, sorry. I have also had people pull up in a car crowded with all of their friends, blaring music looking extremely trashy. Not only does that look super unprofessional, but I will not take you seriously if you are okay with hanging out with individuals who cannot act right in public.
Step 3. Get organized
Keep a notebook of some sort near by while applying for jobs. List every single place you have applied to, the day you applied, as well as a way to contact the employer for follow ups. Log the follow ups in there as well!
One thing I am terrible at is keeping track of all my login information for the job websites I visit. So be sure to keep a log of all of those along with everything else.
You can also list out some goals for yourself to make the whole job searching thing seem less daunting. Try making a goal of applying for 5 jobs a day and give yourself a day or two to dedicate to follow ups. Which brings me to my final step…
Step 4. ALWAYS follow up
Always, always, always follow up with an employer you applied with! It makes you look serious as well as professional. It can be an email or a face to face follow up, as long as you get it done.
With that said, get out there and get sh*t done!!! I believe in you! I was jobless for two months at one point in time and wanted to give up daily. But I did not falter, and I know now that if ever a time arises where I get laid off or fired, I have what it takes to get that income back!
What are some proven method you guys have used when searching for a job?
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