You’ve filled out multiple applications, updated your resume and cover letter, but without prevail, you have yet to receive an interview. When you’re first starting your job hunt, it can be super easy to go out and apply for every job posting you see that sounds remotely doable. However, sending out hundreds of lackadaisical job applications will only set you up for rejection.
We grew up in the digital age. We’re smart, technologically savvy, and ready to face the world. We just need to play off of the strengths that being a millennial has given us to learn how to find a job, instead of focusing on all the negative press.
Start by identifying what kind of job you want, but be flexible. Set up a Google Sheet with these components so you can keep track of your job hunt. Make a list with the jobs you’re interested in, resumes you’ve customized, and finished job applications you’ve sent off.
Let’s not forget social media. We use it on a daily basis, so why not use it to get a job. Facebook is a good resource to find work through its community market place, that showcases different businesses hiring in the area. Announcing that you’re currently on the hunt for a job can lead to real-life payoffs like finding and landing a job.
However, when using social media, make sure to clean up your existing social media accounts. Hiring agents will search your name and having inappropriate pictures/video footage on your profile will hinder your ability to get a job. As ironic as it may seem, your chances of getting a job can depend on a tweet from 2009 that was found by your potential employee.
For all the creatives out there looking for a job, utilize your skill sets to your advantage. For skills like videography, graphic design, writing, and photography, make sure you have examples of your current work. There’s only so much an employer can learn about you on paper, so having a digital portfolio accessible for the employer gives them a visual of who you are and what your work is about.
Networking is also a major gem in the job market and can help you gain professional contacts. This is also an opportunity to gain mentors as well. If you are not a sociable person and networking brings fear inside your soul, networking can also be used by emails, phone calls, and text messages. Vigilantly craft your message to introduce yourself. If it’s a company that you know or one on which you have conducted research, make sure your message highlights a solution to a problem that you want to come in and work on. This could significantly increase your chances of a face-to-face meeting or getting a foot in the door.
Also, create a profile on LinkedIn to showcase past employment and experiences you’ve accumulated so that your resume stays online. Search people in your industry and add them to your list of friends. Send a message for mentorship or ask them a thought-provoking question. Remember, eager is good, but annoying is bad. Don’t contact hiring managers or recruiters more often than every two weeks.
Additionally, always keep your paper resume up to date so that it showcases your most recent experiences and skills. When building your resume, make sure that the qualities you put in your skills section are shown in your recent work experience. That shows the hiring managers that you have actual experience completing each skill in a work environment.