You’ve submitted ten job applications every day for one week. You’ve written and then re-written what feels like 100 cover letters. At this point, the number of follow-up emails that you’ve sent to potential employers doesn’t even matter anymore because you’re too exhausted and worn down to care.
While you might feel hopeless at this moment, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. Talk to anyone and they’ll tell you that they’ve also been in a similar situation. The circumstances make you feel as if you’re unemployable or that something must be wrong with you. However, it’s not true.
Finding a job is challenging and takes a lot of work. It’s a good idea to treat the job hunt as if it were a full-time job. Unfortunately, you won’t receive pay for looking for a new position, but your hard work will pay off. Read on to discover how you can get the job you deserve.
Get Someone to Edit Your Resume
You’ve been sending your resume into the internet’s abyss and not getting anything in response for too long. While you probably have outstanding experience and education, you may not have formatted it in a way that’s suitable to your industry’s employers. Do you have a friend who works at a company you admire? Ask them if you could look at their resume. Pay attention to the resume’s style and compare it to yours. Is your resume slightly outdated, or is it too long? Spend time perfecting it so that it stands out to potential employers.
Work With a Recruiter
Working with a professional headhunter alleviates some of the stress of emailing resumes to countless companies. Headhunters at recruitment agencies can match your qualifications with their clients’ requirements. Many businesses utilize the power of recruiters and rely on them to find outstanding candidates for open positions. Find an agency that will help you make the next smart move in your career without the hassle.
Network, Network, Network
The power of networking is often underestimated. Even in today’s email and LinkedIn era, nothing beats connecting with the right people at the right time. Keep your eye out for industry events, lectures, and anything else that may lead you to meet someone that could change your life.
Tailor Your Cover Letters
Reading and editing your cover letters before sending them out when applying for jobs is critical. You must tailor each cover letter individually to the position and company in question. Even if it’s merely changing a few sentences highlighting your graphic design versus project managementskills — a hiring manager will notice such differences.
You’ll also want to include a statement or two on why you want to work for the company. Remember to do your research and understand an employer’s mandate, and write why you feel that what they do is important.
Having someone look over your resume, working with a professional headhunter, networking when you can, and customizing each job application are all critical aspects to finding the position that’s right for you. Remember to have patience and take a deep breath. With a little work, you’ll get to where you want to be.