Getting a job – sometimes it just seems impossible. But don’t worry, there is hope.
Getting a job is partly about finding the right work, and partly about having the mental resilience to keep applying despite the endless waves of rejection.
So, the first thing you need to know is, be patient. You might strike lucky and get the first job you apply for, but it probably going to take you a good few attempts before you get anything. So be ready for this.
Apply for more than you think you should. In other words, apply to a lot of jobs. The more you apply to, the more likely you are to get a job offer. Also, if the job asks for a cover letter. Do it. They may seem boring and tiresome, but usually the company only read the cover letter, and if they're interested they will look at everything else. Remember, they read hundreds of applications. Make yours stand out.
Do your research. If there is a particular company or role you are interested working in, found out as much as you can about it. What type of projects does the company do? Do you need more skills to work in that position? You could even contact the company directly and ask them what kind of person they like working for them. Showing that you are eager and interested, means that they are more likely to remember you.
Get support. An employment service can really take the sting out of job hunting. We have provided links to a couple below. Check them out.
Tell your friends you’re looking for work. Actually, not just your friends, tell everyone. If people know you are looking for work, they’ll keep you in mind when they hear of exciting opportunities.
Know that you have got what it takes. When you apply, apply with confidence. When you get interviewed, interview with confidence. If you get rejected, the opportunity isn’t the right one for you - a better one will come along. Don’t take it personally.
Whatever you do, no matter what, don’t get disheartened.
You got this.
Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!
What Colour is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles This book provides modern advice on the job hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume and making the most of social media tools.
101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties by Paul Angone This book is about finding important life answers in your 20s, and to do this you need to start with good questions. Paul provides guidance to help you thrive through this.
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
This book suggests that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path.
Ben, a 70-year old realises that he is not cut out for retirement. He then applies to become a senior intern at an online fashion site.
Second Act A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.
The Pursuit of Happyness Chris keeps facing professional failures, leaving him financially broke with an unpaid internship.
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