Are you trying to find a job?
Today, getting a job you enjoy seems like something that can be harder than ever. Unfortunately, many positions are already taken, require too much experience, or are just plain boring, which leads to an availability of just a few jobs! So I felt it would be important to talk a little bit about how to find a job you enjoy!
First you’re going to have to discover who you are:
One of the things that I recommend is discovering your strengths. If you want to know what options you have for a job position, you want to know what you’re good at. Many employers will be hesitant to hire you if you’re not qualified for the position. For example, I wouldn’t hire a salesperson for my business who is extremely socially introverted! Why the hell would I want someone timid representing me as the first contact between my business and the consumer!? This is the exact thought process that goes on in the mind of the employer. But there are exceptions and we’ll get to those later. If you’re looking at discovering your strengths, I recommend either reading Amy’s article on strengths, or just simply asking a friend to list off your strengths and weaknesses. The friend should be extremely honest, because otherwise, you won’t be getting a good response. DO NOT LET THEM LIE ABOUT YOUR STRENGTHS!
Once you’ve discovered what you’re good at, you need to decide what you enjoy. You wouldn’t want to work in a school if you hate children! Think about some things that you really enjoy doing, write them down, narrow them down to about three things that you really love, and discover careers that involve those things.
Next you want to decide the things you desire in a job. Is it a high salary? A relaxed environment? A quiet work space? These are questions you need to ask yourself. It’s important to discover these values so you can end up in a workspace you enjoy!
Finally, once you have figured out all of these things, you need to combine them to describe your perfect job. Don’t be unrealistic, but make sure to define something you truly enjoy. For example, maybe you’re a socially extroverted individual, who loves to work in a fast-paced environment, who enjoys meeting new people. Perhaps you could consider working at a hotel! There are plenty of jobs that fit each person’s description, you just need to look hard enough!
Next, you’re going to need to apply:
For this, you’ll need to build a resume. A resume shows a summary of your professional life, and is often the first thing your future employer sees! Your resume should be well thought out and should include the things you think are most important. You can find plenty of resume templates online, but I recommend using resume templates as a reference, then designing your own so that you have full editing capabilities of the document. Sometimes templates can cause problems later on when you need to edit them.
With your resume finished, you’re now ready to apply for jobs. You can apply in a few ways. One of those methods is applying online through Indeed or by using another site of the like. These sites are great because they put a bunch of jobs in one spot and you can select your preferences. However, I don’t think they’re the best way to apply. Another way is by going to the website of the company of your choice, and clicking on the button that says “careers.” Usually companies will list open positions on their site for people to apply. When you apply on someone’s website, it shows loyalty to their company since you went directly to their company’s site. It proves that you want to work for them in specific. Another way, which is my personal favorite, is going in to the physical establishment, talking to the hiring manager and introducing yourself, then applying for the position by asking for an application. When someone meets you in person, they are more inclined to follow up with you since you have made a connection with them (as long as you weren’t rude to them). Your main goal is to get yourself in the door and get an interview!
Now your future employer is going to take a look at your resume and qualifications:
Going back to what I said earlier about exceptions made based on your skills, sometimes employers will be more interested in how you are as a person rather than your skill qualifications. My father had always told me that you can teach skill, but you cannot teach personality. As long as you have a good personality, you can learn to do anything. Even if the employer decides not to hire you, you can go learn whatever skill you need to learn, come back later, and apply for the same position if it’s still available!
After your employer has taken a look at your resume, you’re off to the interview process:
This part is my personal favorite, because all of the hard work has already been done! I’ve been interviewed many times, and I’ve conducted interviews many times, and I can confidently say this plays a huge part to being hired! The easiest way to ace an interview is to be prepared, be you, and be excited. You need to come to the interview knowing the core concepts of what you want to say about yourself when asked, you have to be genuine, and you need to be in a good mood. In many of the interviews I have done, people have shown up in a bad mood, and nothing turns an employer off to hiring you more than a bad mood. It’s that simple! You may have to do more than one interview depending on the company. Often, more established companies will require more than one interview, while smaller companies may not require such an intense process.
*D$U Tip: Actually show up to your interview… Please! You would be surprised how many people don’t.*
Once you’ve finished your interview it’s now time for you to wait:
Wrong! Now it’s time for you to prepare a follow up email or letter to express your appreciation for an opportunity to interview with the company. This is often overlooked and can bring your interview from good to great with one simple step!
Later on you’ll receive a call on whether or not you received the job. Then it’s time for your decision. Do you take the position or not?