Some of the job changes were due to me wanting to work my way up the corporate ladder, and some other changes were due to the economic climate at the time. 2009 caused a lot of financial heartache and downsizing was inevitable in many companies.
I take it as a badge of honor when friends come to me asking for tips on how to find a job, seeing as I had so much success in such a short period of time.
Here is what I wish someone would have told me back when I was looking for a job:
Looking for a Job is a Full-Time Job
If you’re serious about landing a job, then you need to make looking for a job a full-time job. At one point, I would spend several hours a day, combing job sites, like monster.com, LinkedIn, Glassdoor.com, indeed.com and trud.co.uk.
Making my life a little bit easier was when I would sign up for alerts that would let me know when a new job in my field opened up.
You can’t do a job search by just glancing every now and then, you have to actually put in time and effort.
Each Job is Different
Don’t make the mistake of sending out the exact same resume to different jobs. Spend the extra time to actually tailor each resume to the specific job you’re applying for.
What if you’re a branding and marketing expert, and this job is asking for someone with online messaging experience? You play up your online messaging experience!
Shift some things around and go into detail of all the online messaging experience you have. Give the employer what they want as soon as possible so you are put into the “interview” pile and not the “throw-away” pile.
Be the First
As someone who has sat through and conducted a full day of interviews, I can tell you from experience, it’s much easier to make a good impression at the beginning of the day than the end of the day.
By the end of the day, I’ve heard it all, and you’ve got to really wow me in order to stand out. The first interview always sets the bar. If you nail the first interview of the day, everyone else is going to be compared to you. So book the first interview of the day, and make sure to wow them right off the bat.
Think Outside the Box When it Comes to Networking
I’ve actually booked two jobs through people I’ve known. Every time I started looking for a job, I told everyone and their mother that I was looking for a job. I told my hairdresser, my social media communities, my postman, my dentist…you name it, I told them.
Because you never know where a lead will come from. People would laugh when I would tell them that I include my hair dresser and dentist in my network, but what better way to get the word out than with people who have large networks?
Dentists and hair dressers talk to people every day! Maybe they might know of another client who is looking for someone with your set of skills.
The point is, grow your network.