Hi The Darling Daily readers! I'm Jenn, and I blog over at hellorigby! It happens to be named after my cute dog, Rigby, and I share some of his antics and bits and pieces of our life in Seattle. You can also look forward to seeing fashion, beauty, and what I'm reading too!
If you recognize me, you may already know that I'm no longer a college student. But just a few years ago, I was graduating and job hunting, and it made me crazy. I mean, it's really not a pleasant process. You get rejected, or you just never hear back. No one likes that, right? So I thought I'd share with you how I landed a career job just a week after I graduated from my university. If I can do it, so can you!
1. Network.I know, I know, you've heard this one before. But bear with me, networking is how I landed my job. I think the key to landing a great job is to intern. I had an internship in college, and not only did I learn a ton, the connections I made there ended up networking beyond the halls of my university. The key to networking is to show interest, show passion, but most importantly listen and connect.
2. Have a killer resume.Your resume should be flawless. Have plenty of people pour over your resume, there should be no grammatical or spelling mistakes. If you're going into a creative field, I highly recommend going outside of the box of Word and creating your own custom resume. Mine is simple, but with a pop of color and some visual interest to divide my work experience, education, and skills.
3. Be honest during interviews.I've interviewed a lot of candidates and I can tell when you're lying, so stop it. If you don't know something about what the interviewer is asking, just say so. I usually follow with "I've never used that program, but I've heard of it and have always wanted to learn!" Usually they're open to suggestions, so you can always counter with, "while I don't have that skill, I am familiar with..." and share something relevant about your background.
4. Be selective.Don't apply everywhere that's possibly hiring someone with maybe one of your qualifications! I made this mistake and spent an entire weekend (seriously, from morning until late at night) applying for jobs. I got one call back. From a recruiting firm. With no interest in actually placing me. Seriously, don't bother. Find places that you'd love to work, find the name of someone with your desired job description, and send them an email. Don't get me wrong, if they have a job description posted and you fit the qualifications, go for it, but personalization and genuine interest goes a long way.
5. Take the first job, but keep your eyes open.If the job market is tough in your area, take the first job you can land. But don't stop looking. Keep your resume out there, apply to jobs that you'd love (just not every.single.one... and if you don't know why, read #4 again!) and get involved in networking events in your area. Meetup.com has been a great source of professional events for me, as well as local universities and their blogs.
Obviously finding the perfect job will take a little time, and don't be too discouraged if the first few (or many) don't work out. I promise there's a great job waiting for you out there!
Are you on the job hunt? Do you have any advice for those looking for a job, or do you need some advice yourself? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments!