Journeys with Julie- The Painstaking Job Hunt

With graduation a month and a half away (gulp!), I’m currently on the hunt for a job! It’s nerve racking and all consuming at moments. I so badly just want to find a job and say I spent four years working towards this culminating moment of accepting a job offer. But for me, the career road is long and it seems I need a GPS system to guide me there safely. I can’t say I have all the answers, but I do have a lot of support surrounding me giving me advice on things to remember. Below I’ve included some of their ideas….

  • For any written material you submit, from a resume to an email, proofread, proofread and proofread again.  If possible, have someone else read it as well.
  • Look outside sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com. Not everyone advertises jobs on these sites, so, if you have a particular place in mind check their website!
  • Follow up any interviews you have, including phone interviews, with a handwritten thank you note.  Even if you’re not selected it will help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Never burn any bridges.  This includes with former employers and interviewers who may not have selected you.
  • Never be afraid of asking friends and mentors for help.  That being said, if you are wary about asking for help, start the conversation by mentioning that you are currently looking for a job in either a specific profession or type of work (identify it).  Your listener may be prompted to tell you about someone he or she knows in the industry…If not, ask.   Even if it’s not a job through the friend, it may be a friend of a friend of a friend, etc.  And, by having the conversation, you’ve planted the seed for the person to think of you when the topic comes up in the person’s other conversations or other means of learning about job prospects.  Lastly, if the person can’t hook you up with a potential job connection, he/she may have some great ideas of how to keep searching more effectively.
  • When scheduling an interview, ask if there’s anything besides your resume they are looking for you to bring… if not, still be sure to come with a list of questions that you would like answered.

Also refer to “Jumpstart Your Career Search Like a LeadHer” in Campus Calm’s LeadHer™ Success Kit. Here’s just a few of the many tips shared in this module:

  • Customize every cover letter and resume to the job you are seeking.
  • Make a list of your own skills and accomplishments, and have friends add to that list! This list will be brought up in everything from your cover letter to your interview.
  • Tell a story to grab your reader’s attention in your cover letter. Tell them why you are applying at this organization, in particular.
  • Finally, being happy in the workplace is ALWAYS more important than landing a job as soon as possible

-Julie Wagenblast
LeadHer™ Intern, Campus Calm™
Learn more about Julie here.

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