For most, there are few things more frustrating than searching for a job, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. There are ways to make the job search process painless, whether it be that you don’t have a job currently or that you are searching for new opportunities. Job searching means change, which is scary for many, but there are steps to follow to make finding your next career a successful journey.
1. Don’t Settle
First, no matter how many times you get knocked down, don’t settle for just any opportunity. Of course, if you are struggling financially and need an income ASAP to pay the rent, this is an exception. But, if you can maintain stability while holding off, it is worth it to wait. Finding a job is a full-time job in itself, just without the pay, so you don’t want to settle into a new role just to start the search all over again. There are times when taking a new experience could be the boost you need to make your next steps, but for the most part, it is worth it to work until you are confident in your next move. One of the most disappointing feelings is being unsettled when taking a new job, rather than excited and proud. Why put in so much work and effort and quit before you make it to where you want to be? As far as your resources can stand it, don’t settle.
2. Apply to everything, and take every interview
Just as much as you don’t want to settle, it is still worth it to try for every opening you could consider. You never know what a company might be looking for at any given time, and even if the job description doesn’t seem like a perfect match, you could learn more through actually talking to the team and finding out more. And ultimately, interviews don’t come easily, so if there is any chance to take one, even just for practice, do it. You never know where a single conversation might lead!
3. Get LinkedIn premium, and use it
Not an Ad, just a tip, that LinkedIn premium makes all the difference when applying through the site. It costs between $30-$60, depending on the tier, but in the end, makes the process and outcome of a job search well worth it. Users can message anyone for free, unlike with regular accounts, and you have access to insights and statistics that not everyone can see. Not everyone will respond, but even putting in the extra step to reach out to company employees can make you feel the difference in being seen. I have found it super helpful in reaching out to recruiters and hiring managers, and even to book informational interviews with secondary connections or those in an industry that I was looking into. This upgraded service does make all the difference in using LinkedIn for your job search.
4. Know what you’re looking for, and try to create it
Even if your dream company, or just a company that you would love to work for, doesn’t have any current job listings, it is a great idea to show them why they need you and how they could create a space to utilize you. Especially if you have a special certification, unique skill, or expert niche, companies may need for you and just not know it yet. To be successful at this type of cold emailing though, you need to know specifically what you bring, why they need it, and how you are going to be successful and thus, make them successful. If done right, this technique could not only get you noticed but land you in the role of your dreams. Just because a job doesn’t currently exist, doesn’t mean you can’t create it and convince them to be yours.
5. Stay positive, take breaks, know your worth
Finally, as previously mentioned, the job search is frustrating, and it does damage your ego in major ways. However, don’t let this get to you, and just try to remember that you will end up in the place you are meant to be. As long as you are working hard, you are where you need to be, and will make progress soon. If the discouragement is getting to you, take a break and do what you can to protect your self-confidence. You have to know how great you are to show companies your worth, so losing self-confidence will hurt your efforts. Remind yourself how great you are, and that whoever hires you will be beyond lucky and don’t settle until they know it, too.