Finding a job can be super tough and it sometimes can seem like an impossible task. I had a thought to myself this morning that it might be helpful to do a blog about finding work. I’m not a job guru so some of these points, you may disagree with or I may have missed some out. However, hopefully by following some of these steps, it will get you one step closer to whatever job you may be seeking.
1. If you’re one of those fortunate people who already knows what they want to do with their life and the career path they want, then skip ahead to 3. For those who don’t, then keep reading.
Finding a job is not a simple task. If you’re in it for the long run, you have to find something you love and will hopefully still love 50-60 years down the line. I say this because my generation will certainly be working till we’re 70 AT LEAST. Basically, don’t just rush into a career in something you may end up hating 10 years done the line. Studies show that you spend about a 1/3 of you’re whole life working. So make it count. I’ve seen and heard from many people who hate their job. Not good.
2. On the path to discovery of finding you’re ideal career, make sure you find yourself a morning/afternoon where Netflix is off, all social media is muted and that you have a pen and paper in front of you. Take it back to old school and draw yourself a spider diagram.
List all the skills you have and what you’re interested in. If you don’t do this, then I can guarantee you’re likely to end up trawling through Monster or Indeed for hours on end, looking at jobs that do not meet you’re requirements. For example, a few of my skills would be:
– Good knowledge of Windows and Mac applications (Microsoft Word etc)
– Confident telephone manner
– Works well in a group or on my own
And so on and so forth. Then, put what you’re interested in. For this, take a moment to think about all of the core categories when it comes to the job industry. These can be found here:
Already you now have an expansive list of potential avenues, so to avoid getting bogged down with too many, condense these down into you’re top 5 or 3 if you’re more certain of what you want to do. For example:
- Performing Arts
- Hospitality and Events Management
So from this quick diagram, you’ve found yourself the skills you’re good at – these could be anything, note them down even if you think they aren’t – and you’ve actually found some job paths that you may be interested in. GO YOU!
3. Create you’re CV to the best it can be and then give it to trusted friends/family or professionals for advice. The CV is probably the most important piece of actually getting a job. This is also the chance for you to show off who you are and what you’re capable of. Always approach other people you know who’ve got CVs already (parents, teachers etc) and use their templates to form you’re own. If you’ve already got a CV made, go back over it and check you’ve got everything up to date and included. When creating you’re CV, you want you’re personal information at the top. This includes you’re name, address, phone number and e-mail. If you’ve had previous jobs, go straight into that and include a detailed account of duties performed whilst at said job. If this is you’re first CV/job, then give a brief introduction to who you are, including you’re skills, you’re personality (in relation to how you are as a person – confident, well-presented etc) and then section it off, following it up with another section on any qualifications you may have and any personal/professional references you can provide.
In short, you’re CV should be at it’s very best. Even if you’ve had little experience, as long as you’re CV looks professional and the effort has been clearly made to work on you’re skills and strengths as an individual, that’s all that matters.
4. Just because you’ve got a degree doesn’t mean you’ll get a job over someone who hasn’t. What I’ve started noticing more recently when looking at job advertisements, is that they require experience over qualifications. If you’re one of those people who didn’t want to go to university, then that’s fine!
Don’t feel as if you’re never going to find a job because you don’t have a degree. If you have a degree, do not become complacent, thinking you could get a job instantly.
5. How do I get experience you ask? It’s annoying when you see you’re perfect job but it requires you to have a years experience, say in corporate work. It’s the same annoying thing when you’ve never had a job. HOW ARE YOU MEANT TO GET EXPERIENCE WHEN NO ONE WILL GIVE YOU THE CHANCE?! Short answer is, someone will eventually. It takes a little time but someone, somewhere down the line will give you that opportunity. I’ve recently been working as a temp receptionist and a manager told me that now I had experience in ‘corporate work‘, the chances of me actually getting a full-time job in corporate companies is even higher because I have the corporate experience of working in a reception. So if you’re looking for experience, find that experience at maybe lower levels of the job branch and work you’re way up. Nine times out of ten you don’t just walk into you’re perfect job.
6. Get yourself on LinkedIn and other social media.
You have to consider yourself as a product. SELL YOURSELF! Not literally though. For me, marketing myself as a model or an actress is the most important factor of getting myself seen. I have to constantly be updating my profiles, my images and experience. This should be the same mantra for every person looking for work. Get yourself on LinkedIn as there are regular jobs being posted on here from all sorts of job categories and it’s a great opportunity to network. Also make sure that you keep any personal social profiles private. Potential employers may look at you’re profile so if there’s anything you wouldn’t want to show to you’re parents like that time you got so drunk you ended up in another country – keep it private!
7. Get yourself signed up to as many of the popular job sites as possible and sign up for alerts straight to you’re email. Although some job websites may have job advertisements that overlap onto others, it’s important not to miss out on any opportunities. Sign yourself up for job alerts and make sure you’re CV and a basic blanket cover letter are uploaded onto the website. This will allow you to take advantage of some applications where you can ‘apply from you’re phone‘.
8. Do the old-fashioned handing out paper CVs if the job you’re looking for offers it. A few jobs, such as bar/waitressing etc, may advertise themselves in their shop/building window. Always keep a couple of paper CVs on hand, so if you’re looking for these types of jobs, if you spot an advertisement in the window, then you can be prepared to hand it in there and then!
9. Use the newspapers. You know that job section in the newspapers? Use it! I’ve actually found blogging advertisements in an edition of The Evening Standard once. You never know what you may find!
10. And most importantly? Never give up. It might seem like the world is ignoring you or it takes a little longer than a morning to find out what you want to do with you’re life, but there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. As human beings we sometimes get lazy, we make excuses when really, we can do anything and achieve anything we put our mind to. Use this guide to help you further in getting a job. If there’s someone you know that’s struggling, then show them this or tell them that it is possible, you just have to find the drive and motivation to do it. Everyone has it, it’s easier for some than it is for others. Never give up on you’re dreams or what you aspire to be. Do not take ‘I can’t do it‘ or ‘I’m not good enough‘ as an excuse. Instead it should be ‘I can do it‘ and ‘I am good enough‘. Whether you want to perform, help other people or fix things, there is a job out there for everyone. And the biggest advice of all? Put in the work and you’ll reap the rewards.
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