It can be really tough when job searching, even emotionally. Trying to sell your skills and find the right opportunity can feel like an uphill battle, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re looking for a summer internship or a job after spring graduation, I would honestly start looking soon. Interview processes can be lengthy, and employers sometimes hold on to resumes for a while before starting the process. For my first job it took almost two months between when I first applied and when I got the job offer.
One big key is to just keep going. I had a professor that told us one time that you usually get an interview 10% of the time and an offer in 10% of the interviews you do. This means if you apply for 100 jobs, you’ll most likely only get 10 interviews and 1 job offer. Consistency and volume can help you keep those numbers in your favor, along with quality applications of course.
I wanted to share a little insight for when you’re job searching, we’ve all been there and know how difficult it can be.
Create a Routine
This is think is completely key in order to land an interview. Set up a routine where everyday you are searching for and applying for jobs. My senior year my goal was to apply for one job a day. Even if I wasn’t in love with the opportunity, it was still experience writing a cover letter, applying, and potentially interviews.
Plus, keeping up a routine makes it easier to stick with it, and you’ll end up being more dedicated to the process rather than if you were to spend one day binging on applications. A routine will allow you to build momentum, learn as you go, and give you enough volume of applications that you will have better chances.
Search Using LinkedIn
LinkedIn is an amazing place to search for job openings. They offer free job postings for companies, so there’s a lot more options there than at other online job boards. Plus there’s pretty good features for searching and you can also see if you have any connections who work at that company. New to LinkedIn? Check out this post to improve your profile, critical for job searching in the 21st century.
Another great place to look, your schools job board. You’ll get companies that are interested in hiring your school’s students, so they’ll most likely look at your resume a little closer as well!
It’s difficult to remember what jobs you’re interested in when you’re constantly applying for jobs. Keeping a spreadsheet of what companies and positions you’ve applied for will help you from applying to jobs twice or when you get a call out of the blue and can’t remember the company. Plus you can keep a list of jobs you want to apply for if you don’t have time right away.
Research the Company
This is so key, you need to know the company that you’re applying for. Otherwise things are gonna get weird when they ask you what you know about the company and you don’t have anything to say. Review their “about us” section on their website, look at google reviews, and use Glassdoor to see employee reviews. Plus adding some details about the company to your cover letter shows you did your research and can help you stand out.
Use Your Connections
Post it on social media, ask your friends, reach out to alumni groups. You never know who will have some information you need or will be able to help you out. Just get the word out that you’re looking, let them know what position you’re interested in, where, and any special skills that might be relevant.
Have a Killer Resume
You can apply for as many jobs as you want, but if you don’t have a quality resume, it’ll be like white noise. A clean looking resume and shows off your skills and successes is key to getting that interview. My one resume tip: always quantify your bullet points. Don’t just say that you were in charge of a team of employees in a warehouse, say that you managed 10 employees that moved $10,000 in product. Use numbers as a way of quantifying your results and skills.
What’s your favorite job searching secret?