In today’s economy, the job market is more competitive than ever, and there are several small, yet vital factors that can determine who is offered a job. In response to this change, we classy job seekers are becoming more proactive in our searches and taking the fate of our careers into our own hands. In the following tips, you will be given the tools to effectively negotiate with possible employers, as well as instructions on how to use these tools to show recruiters that you have the initiative and drive to rocket past typical job seekers into the world of employment.
1. Stay on TOP of your search
It’s easy to get burnt out when looking for a job. Whether you are applying for positions online or submitting in-person applications, it’s very important that you do not give up the hunt. Browse job search websites whenever you have a free moment in your day (Monster.com and Snagajob.com have been amazing resources for me, as well as LinkedIn), and check the Classifieds section of the newspaper regularly for work opportunities. There are also, very likely, many possible networking opportunities to be found among family and friends, as well as professors. Going through your Career Services department or Guidance office on campus is an important first step. Be vigilant in your search, and it will pay off tenfold.
2. DO NOT SETTLE
In a job market such as this, there is often a turning point when curiosity and desire for work becomes quiet desperation. There have been many times that the thought, “I don’t even care what it is, I just need a paycheck” has entered my mind. This thought must be stamped out immediately. We are strong, savvy women, and we can get that job that we want so badly. Sure, we may work a few temporary jobs before landing the big career-maker, but continue applying during that time. Even if you receive an unpaid internship in your field, it’s a foot in the door and an important step. Do not settle for mediocre when you can achieve greatness.
3. Continuously update your search methods
Nowadays, there are scores of different, creative job search methods out there that will help you stand out from the crowd of applicants. There are various tutorials online (such as beyond.com) that can help you in creating a custom career portfolio, producing a video resume, and otherwise marketing yourself so that employers will take notice. It is also important to continuously work on refining your resume. In the corporate world, employers and job recruiters review hundreds of resumes per day, so keep your resume short and sweet, and able to stand on its own so your talent can shine through.
4. Remember the importance of a background check
Now, I know you classy ladies aren’t prone to committing felonies, but the background check holds significance to employers in many other ways. According to the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), “more than 53% of job candidates lie to some extent on their resumes” and “more than 80% of employers are using background checks in making informed hiring decisions” (beyond.com). Because of this, the background check can easily be the deciding factor for whether or not you will get the job. Even if there is nothing negatively incriminating in your background check, it is still good to beef it up by volunteering, being involved in university (and outside!) organizations, and even by continuing your education. Also, if possible, you can perform your own background check to send to employers, which saves them time and money and makes you look more self-sufficient and, therefore, more marketable.
I hope these tips are helpful when searching for the ideal job and career. Remember, stay classy, and don’t give up!
Cassandra Marro is a recent college graduate who has, after three months of perseverance and dedication, recently started a new job at an animal hospital, and couldn’t be happier. She hopes these tips as well as her story will serve as inspiration for others taking part in the job hunt, and wishes her readers luck in all of their future endeavors!