Job seekers apply to thousands of job ads every day. Some job seekers, apply to every job post available, regardless if they qualify. In fact, some apply to 400-500 jobs over a period of 4-5 months without doing any research on the companies or job positions.
Searching for jobs is a difficult task. And it’s time-consuming; however, landing a job is achievable with the right methods. Goal setting, self-discipline, and determination are valuable skills to possess.
Seek out employers. Contact them directly and introduce yourself. Let them know about your skill set and how you can help their company. This method is especially useful for small businesses. Do this for internships, temp jobs, and seasonal and short term work.
Perfect your elevator pitch. Having a succinct and catchy 30-second speech is handy. It can help you network, introduce yourself, and breeze through an interview. Most interviewees don’t know how to handle the questions, “Tell me about yourself. What do you do?” and “Why are you a good fit for our company?”
Let them know you’ve done your research. Employers are more likely to listen or interview a candidate if they’ve shown interest in their company. This way they know you’re familiar with their values and what they’re looking for in an employee.
Don’t forget: stay organized. Keep track of every job ad and every employer you email. Note the date and set a reminder for a follow-up. It’s also helpful to keep a folder of tailored resumes and cover letters on your computer.
What’s your biggest job hunting struggle?