Chances are if you’re reading this you are trying to find work. So let’s take a moment to acknowledge the elephant in the room: there are some things that suck about looking for a job.
Here’s some advice that hopefully will make your job search a little less sucky.
1. No response from your application
Hear that sound? It’s silence. Your phone is not ringing, your email is not dinging. You sent out 20 applications this month and all you get is *crickets*.
It really sucks when you get no feedback. It makes it hard to know what you are doing right and wrong. The best way to find out is to ask. If you get a rejection letter, send a reply asking for feedback.
If you make it to the interview stage, keep the conversation going by sending a thank you note.
For starters, a thank you note can actually help you get a job. Secondly it creates an open communication channel that makes it easier to go back and ask for feedback of you don’t get the job.
If you still get silence, check out this post for ways to improve your application.
2. Tailoring every application
If you have to apply for a certain number of jobs each month, it can be really tempting to slip a generic resume and cover letter in now and then.
Try and fight the temptation. Personalising and tailoring your application to the job you are applying for makes you stand out from the crowd.
Some companies use screening programs that look for key words from the job ad or selection criteria. If you haven’t included them, your application will be automatically rejected.
When a real person is reviewing applications, taking time to tailor yours tells employers you pay attention to detail and can follow instructions. Most importantly it shows you are willing to put in time and effort and that you really care about getting the job.
Our job search tips page shows you what you should include in your resume and cover letter.
3. Finding time to focus on applications
Getting a job can be a simple numbers game. The more applications you do, the greater your chances are of success.
If you’re struggling to find time to apply, treat getting a job like a job. That is, set yourself a roster and stick to it.
Set aside an hour or two each week day to apply for one job. Try and make it in the morning because science says your brain works better then.
Apply for one job every day from Monday to Friday and that’s 20 jobs each month.
You can keep your weekends totally job search free. If you do decide to stick to a morning routine you have the rest of the day to take care of your other responsibilities, plus keep a bit of time for yourself to do something you enjoy.
What other things do you think suck about looking for a job? Let us know in the comments.
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