Us Millennials may be notorious for being freelancers, starting their own companies, and planting businesses everywhere, but before you dive into that, I suggest you go the traditional route first. Find a job that will teach you a lot of things and hey, you might even stay for 10 years if you really like it! We all start somewhere. So before you give up on that job hunt, here are 7 tips you might want to consider.
Gone are the old ways of looking for a job. It’s 2017, people! What I’m about to share is a hands-on approach to finding a job. I hope this helps you out!
1. Write down your skill set and your target industry
Okay, so you’re a graduate from this school, of this course, with awards, organizations, etc. Honestly, those things are pretty common. Remember, you’re up against a lot of candidates–there will be similarities between you and the next applicant. What you need highlight in your resume are the skills you’re REALLY good at. Think of your “niche skills” and see if it matches the industry you like. (Ex. Marketing> Digital Marketing> Social Media> Social Media Analytics) This will help you filter out the companies and job openings you’ll apply for later on.
2. Set a meeting with professional network
Nothing is better than first-hand information. If you fancy the company your friend or family member is working for, it’s best to ask them point blank. Do they enjoy working for the company? How’s the company culture? Are there openings for people like you? you can set up a meeting or talk to them online. Don’t feel awkward, they’ll appreciate your interest and might even recommend you to their boss.
If you’re feeling extra, shoot your “idol”/the person you look up to an email and ask for a meeting. It’s shooting for the stars but it never hurts to try. You can ask about his/her job and he/she may point you in the right direction.
3. LinkedIn works, use it
I found my first job through LinkedIn, so you bet your a** this works. (I’m not sponsored by LinkedIn, I wish I was but no). LinkedIn is the facebook for professionals. All of the company’s profiles and job openings are accurate and updated. I also like that you can see the other employees, it gives you a glimpse if who you’ll work with and which candidates they like.
4. Utilize the search tab
Collect, filter, select. Trust me, it may all look and sound perfect in the job ad but you need to filter out which one is best for your skills, passion, and vision. Also, you have to see which job ads are too good to be true because they’re probably are. Trust me, companies are pretty sneaky with their job ads, not to mention, their HRs are pretty clever. I can write a whole blog post about my bad experiences (maybe that can be my next blog post?) so you just have to watch out. If you’re still unsure, ask help from your parents, they know best.
5. Think about what you can offer not what you’re good at
Sending your CV/Resume means you need to construct a seamless email about who you are and why you’re perfect for the job (aka Cover Letter). You’ll probably say because you have this background that fits the profile and maybe even oversell yourself. The reality is, a lot of people will do too. The best (and new?) way to stand out is to tell them what you can offer to the table. For example, you can increase social media following by 5%, or you can whip out content within X hours that’s perfect for their site, or that you have a background in so and you can connect them to people. It’s a pretty bold move so don’t sound cocky. What you need to say should be realistic– but it should also make them excited. If you’re feeling bold. you can even tell them the idea you have in mind.
6. Ace the pitch email
Now that you know your aces, it’s time to put it into writing. Literally. Write and rewrite, check and recheck. A simple flaw will make them think twice, don’t give them second thoughts. It has to be seamless!
7. Is it aligned with your vision?
Okay, so you went to the interviews, they loved you and are offering you a job. Hopefully, you end up with 2-3 job offers. If this happens, the next problem you have is choosing the right one for you. Aside from all the factors (salary, benefits, work hours, position, stability, etc/), the thing you should ask yourself before saying the most-coveted “yes” is: is working for this company in this position propel you to your vision?
Are you saying yes just to pay the bills (nothing wrong with that, though. But will you be able to endure?) or because you genuinely like the job? Will you be proud to tell people about your job? Will this propel you to your end goal?
Those are pretty hard questions that need a lot weighing in involved. Create a Venn diagram if you must, pray, seek guidance from your friends and family, ’cause remember, you should be in it for the long run!
I hope this blog post helped you out. Let me know if you have more tips by commenting below.