The job market is a tricky thing these days. If you are looking for a new job, you probably have a lot of questions going through your head. You might be wondering where to start, the materials you need, or what to say to potential employers.
There are many reasons that someone would want to look for a new job whether that be to earn more money or to work in a career more closely aligned to their passions.
However, finding a new job isn’t always easy. With that said, if you go into your job hunt prepared, it will be easier for you to find the job you want.
Here are 9 helpful resources when looking for a new job!
1. Solid Resume/CV
A resume is the most important part of a job application. Unless you have the opportunity to meet with an employer face to face, your resume needs to do all the talking for you.
Talk about a lot of pressure.
That’s why it’s imperative to have a well put together resume or CV from the start. If you aren’t sure what the difference between a resume and a CV is, here is a definition from thebalancedcareers.com.
Resume: A resume provides a summary of your education, work history, credentials, and other accomplishments and skills. There are also optional sections, including a resume objective and a career summary statement.
CV: A curriculum vitae summary is a one-to-two-page, condensed version of a full curriculum vitae. A CV summary is a way to quickly and concisely convey one’s skills and qualifications. Sometimes large organizations will initially ask for a one-page CV summary when they expect a large pool of applicants.
Once you decide if you need a resume, a CV, or both, it’s time to whip them into shape.
If you don’t have a ton of experience, it can feel difficult to make a resume look well-rounded. However, there is a strong possibility that you have more experience than you might initially realize.
When building a resume, I like to list out the following information:
- Professional work experience
- Volunteer work
- Internship work
- Achievements and awards
From there, I compile all of my information into a layout that will be pleasing to the eye and look full at the same time.
For more help putting together a professional resume, check out How to Write a Resume + 41 Examples
Grammarly is my all-time favorite professional tool.
We all know what spell check is. Grammarly is the grown-up version of the modern-day spell check. This software checks for 250+ errors including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
So, how can Grammarly help you when looking for a new job?
Nothing looks worse than submitting a resume full of errors. You want your resume to be memorable, but not for silly grammar mistakes.
Before submitting anything to a potential new job, including emails, run it through Grammarly first. It might just save you from some embarrassing typos.
3. Solid Linkedin Profile
Some people might disagree that a Linkedin profile isn’t important. I beg to differ. Here is why.
I have a dear friend who recently landed her dream job at an amazing company. However, she almost didn’t get the job because of her Linkedin profile.
After receiving her resume and being interested in her work experience, the recruiting department checked her LinkedIn to get further information on her. When they couldn’t find an updated LinkedIn profile, they didn’t want to consider her over the other qualified candidates who did have an updated LinkedIn profile.
Luckily, my friend got an interview and was able to get the job. However, it wasn’t until after she was hired that her boss told her they almost didn’t select her because of like that.
This scenario won’t be the same for every single job, but my friend who works in corporate business is a great reason why it doesn’t hurt to have an updated LinkedIn profile. In fact, I even updated my empty LinkedIn profile after hearing her story.
I’ll admit at first I really dreaded needing to update LinkedIn. After all, LinkedIn is not the most popular website to browse. I was pleasantly surprised that it really didn’t take me too long to update my profile.
All I really needed to do was get a professional headshot, type up a bio about me that was stuffed full of keywords, and I updated my experiences. I also took things a step further and reached out to make connections on LinkedIn.
If you are unfamiliar with LinkedIn, connections are the equivalent of sending a friend request.
I was able to update my linked in profile and make connections in under one hour. Now, I pop into LinkedIn every few days to check any updates and I’m good to go.
If I find myself in the future looking for a new job, I feel happy knowing that my LinkedIn profile is strong and active.
4. University Alumni Center
Your university alumni center is there to help you. You might think of them as only wanting to collect money from you after you graduate, but they have plenty of resources to help any alumni of their school.
One of those resources is helping people who are looking for a new job. Universities tend to have a good rapport with local and nationwide businesses. A representative from various companies like to reach out to alumni centers about job openings all year long.
From there, alumni centers do their best to send out hiring information through email services or some sort of alumni community board.
If you don’t think that your alumni center is helping people who are looking for new jobs check the university career center. Typically, career centers will often help current students who are navigating their undergraduate program, however, they still get notified of job openings all the time.
Even if you’re a graduate, don’t be afraid to reach out to your career center and ask them to notify you. There’s no need to be shy to do this.
You paid a lot of money for your tuition and the services are meant to help you even after you graduate.
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5. Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are extremely powerful when used correctly. You might have this idea that Facebook is for your mom to post random updates about her children, but there’s much more to Facebook.
One of my favorite features is utilizing Facebook groups. In almost every city there is a Facebook group dedicated to job postings for people looking for jobs in the area. All you need to do is type in the search box, “looking for jobs in______city.”
There might even be a few different Facebook groups that you are interested in. Before joining any Facebook groups I like to scroll through and see if the group is active and if the comments are on topic.
After doing that, feel free to join the Facebook group. Since it’s Facebook, you can leave the group as soon as you’ve landed your brand new job.
6. Internships or Temp Jobs
If I could go back to my undergraduate time, the one thing I would change would be to focus on getting a really good internship. I think a lot of people see the required internship criteria as a waste of time. I know I did.
The last thing I wanted to do was go work for someone for free while I still needed to go to my job and to classes. However, the people who take their time and get a really good internship often have success much sooner after graduation. The reason is because they are building up their work experience.
Although I didn’t take advantage of the internship opportunity, I did take advantage of a temp job. While I was still finishing up my degree, I got an offer for a temporary job right after graduation obviously.
I took the job because I knew that my student loan debt would be coming soon and I needed money to pay it off. However, after my required length was up, they offered me a full-time job. Six years later, that job has done really well for me and I’m so glad that I took a temp position.
Twitter is a very modern approach to looking for a new job. While it might not seem like a good place to start, I have seen Twitter get people jobs.
The tricky thing about Twitter is that you have to be active on it for it to work. The good news is if you’re already active than you have a headstart on everyone else.
The next thing you need to do in order to get Twitter working for you is to brand yourself. If you work in marketing, brand yourself as a marketer. If you work in writing, brand yourself as an author. And, if you work in social media networking, market yourself as a social media expert.
The next thing you want to do is follow the companies that you want to eventually work for. Then, start retweeting their information as well as tweeting to them. This will help you establish your brand and provide a paper trail of proof that you have an interest in the company.
In college, I had a friend who was contacted by at least three companies because of how well her Twitter presence was in her branded area. Needless to say, she was able to get a great job.
8. Job Fairs
Job fairs happen all the time.
Don’t discount going to a job fair when looking for a new job. Not only is a job fair good for trying to find a new employer, but it’s good for network marketing.
This is one place that you are guaranteed to meet a lot of people. There are even times when job fairs will have companies looking to hire that same day. The best way to find a job fair near you is to do a simple google search.
Make sure to do that sooner rather than later so you can have upcoming job fairs on your calendar.
9. Practice Interview Skills
After you send out your resume and have been contacted for an interview, you really get the chance to shine. Interviews are the best way, and in my opinion, the only real way for employers to get to know you. This means that you need to be able to not only be yourself but have the right answers to everything.
The only way to really prepare for an interview is to practice with a friend beforehand. Once you have someone to practice with, you’ll want to make a list of all the potential questions you could be asked. Once you have that list go through and answer each question in detail.
You’ll also want to make sure you know as much as you can about the company as possible. I suggest that you look through the company website and read their mission statement. From there, make sure all the answers reflect the questions as intelligently. Once you have your list, practice answering the questions with a friend. You might not realize how helpful practicing can be until you do it!