Here is some good advice on finding a job after you graduate school or college. The first three tips are what you should do anyway (common sense). They were included because so many articles tell people to start making phone calls and go on social media, when the simplest solutions are often the most successful. After the first three tips is a rundown of the factors surrounding your resume, and what you should do to get the job you really want. This article concentrates on getting a good job, and not a minimum wage job.
Search your local job listings
Resolutely deal with the problem and start searching your local job listings. Other articles are going to tell you to get in bed with social media and start asking strangers if there are job openings, but why bother when local firms are advertising their vacancies all the time.
Search national job listings
Do not restrict yourself to local businesses. You are not going to find the best jobs in your local area. The chances of your dream job being in your town, and available right now are slim to nil. You need to look at national listings and be prepared to move to accommodate your new job.
Consider international job experience
Just like looking in your national job listings, you should look on international job listings. You do not need to look for a permanent job, but you can look for a good six months work experience. Every six months working in a foreign country can add up to the equivalent of two years’ experience when it is added to your resume. In addition, it is raw experience that puts you ahead of any of your college mates/ schoolmates, who are still looking for a job six months after graduating. Your six months working abroad will look far better than their six months in a burger bar.
Write a tailored resume package for each employer
This is key to your success. You need to know as much about your potential employer as possible.
– Find out how to apply correctly
If they run adverts for jobs then it should be easy to find out, but you could always give them a phone call to see if there is an application form you can fill out.
– Find out what jobs are available now
They may have jobs advertised, or may be just about to advertise one. You should find out via the most efficient means.
– Find out what jobs are coming up
Even if there are no jobs available now, you can still snoop around and find out when the next one is coming up.
– Make friends with current staff over social media
This is a sneaky thing to do, but there is no reason why you cannot. You can get insider information via this route.
– Make your resume package 100 pages if you wish
Do not be put off by people who tell you to make your résumé one page long. Have it bound into a book if you wish.
– Go for a high quality resume that is more like a marketing packet
Do not send a few sheets of thin and flimsy paper. Send them a file with a color photo and a list of references as long as your arm.
– Make is blatantly obvious it is tailored for the job
If you are going to the trouble of making a perfect resume and putting weeks of work into it, then make it obvious that you did it for them. Put their name and logo on the front if you like. Have a contents page showing the section, “Why I want to work for xxxxx” instead of “Why I want to work for you.” Show them that you have not sent this package to everyone.
– Spend lots of time on it and make it obvious that you have
If you are going to spend a lot of time on your resume for just one company, then make sure it is very obvious that you have spent a lot of time on it.
– Learn from your failures
You are going to get rejections from different companies. You should analyze for if you did anything wrong and then try to learn from it.
– Salvage the gems from the rubble
When you get a rejection, look over your resume package to see if there are elements you can salvage for your next resume package (there should be quite a few).