Are you Unemployed?
Being unemployed can be an extremely stressful and difficult situation. I’ve been there, and to put it mildly; it’s not fun. Searching for a job can oftentimes be frustrating, upsetting, and even demeaning.
The job search can seem endless and pointless. It is so hard to know what to do to get that perfect or not-so-perfect job. Most advice is empty and not concrete: Network more, Put yourself out there, etc. Your job or your income does not determine your worth, but job-searching can easily make you forget that. It’s hard to remember that your self-worth is not tied to your net worth- especially when your net worth is down in the negatives.
As the job search goes on and the money starts to run out, it can be increasingly difficult to go to the interview. The cost of transportation, childcare, appropriate job-interview clothing can make a difference when you are on a tight, tight budget, and every dime counts!
I know all too well how terrible the job search can be. Once I was offered a job interview. After rearranging my schedule, getting a babysitter, getting dressed up in appropriate interview wear, I took public transportation to meet with two people about the job.
I talked, brought my resume, and (hopefully) presented myself well. The next day, I emailed them, thanking them for their time, and got back… Nothing. They totally ghosted me, and I never heard from them again.
Another time, I emailed back and forth with someone about a Social Media position. After exchanging a few emails, we ended up on a phone call to illustrate the job, what it entails, etc.
When I finally asked about compensation, he told me that it was “more of a learning opportunity for me because I would learn from his experience, and so he wasn’t paying for the position.” So again, it was a colossal waste of time as I needed a JOB to pay the bills, not some half-baked non-paying internship program.
I am sure everyone who has ever looked for a job has some stories to tell.
Some Job Searching Tips:
1. Make looking for a job your job. Apply for 3 jobs every day, no matter what. Every morning check every job site and community board. Apply for 3 jobs or reach out to 3 people who may be able to help you.
2. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Word of mouth is usually the most common way people find jobs.
3. Make sure your resume is amazing! See below for tips on writing a KILLER RESUME.
4. Post on Facebook or other forums/chats etc., that you are looking for a job. You never know!
5. Be open-minded. Your dream job may be a job you never thought of.
6. Be flexible. With time, job description, payment, etc. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect job, so you will probably have to be flexible if you want to get hired.
7. Check out FlexJobs. FlexJobs is a game-changing resource if you are interested in a professional job that also offers some kind of work flexibility – such as remote options, a flexible schedule, freelance work, or a part-time schedule.
How do I write a Killer Resume?
Your resume is usually your first impression. The first step in the hiring process involves looking at a resume and being impressed with what they see. Therefore, it is so important that your resume stand out in the stack. You need a KILLER resume to move yours to the top of the pile and to the next step in the interview process. Your resume needs to knock them dead and make a KILLER first impression.
Here is a KILLER post about resumes and a MUST-READ if you are actively (or not actively) looking for a job: