The Job-Hunting Lessons Everyone Should Learn
If you've been job hunting for some time—and yes, it can take a while—the search can begin to feel stagnant. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need more experience? Or has the right job not come along yet? These are common we ask ourselves during the job hunt, and usually, we have a firm grasp on what roles we're qualified for. It can be hard to feel invigorated about the process when you've been on half a dozen interviews or applied to 10 jobs and not heard back. Our advice? Give your application a little reboot, and if you land an interview, make the best use of it as you can. Read on for four job-hunting lessons everyone should learn.
You may be out of school, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t workshop your projects. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota found that the key to creating a successful résumé may lie in the power of the group. “Even when working on something as personal as a résumé, [professionals] can benefit from a collaborative approach,” states Anders. “Consider inviting several trusted friends to revise their résumés along with you in Google Docs or another collaborative writing tool.”
A résume, a cover letter, and references have always be the must-have trifecta of a job search, but recent findings tell us the cover letter is on its way out. Since job applications often fall into a black hole, experts say a "pain letter" is what will help you grab attention. Similar to a cover letter, a pain letter speaks directly to the hiring manager and proposes exactly how you can solve the company's problems or “pains.”
When a hiring manager is reading scores of job applications each day, they can pretty quickly become jaded. Make yours one that stands out from the crowd by reading through your materials with a fine-toothed comb and omitting terms that are often overused. Forbes highlights "big-picture thinker," "thought leader," and "innovative" as a few common offenders—head here to learn better alternatives.
Thought it may feel like an interrogation, a job interview is, ultimately, a conversation. Even if you get the job after the first interview, you still have to decide whether it’s right for you. The only way to do so is to ask thoughtful questions that provide you with more information about the company. From "What do you love about working here?" to "How would you describe the company’s culture?", this list of questions is a great start.
Are you job hunting? What questions do you have that we can answer for you?