Job hunting. Fun, right? Of course not!
I know a lot of us can relate to the struggle of searching for a job. You constantly search the job boards, company websites and even Craigslist for jobs. Then you apply for the jobs and get an interview, get a rejection email/letter or hear absolutely nothing back. That last one is infuriating, right? Of course!
We’re told to go to college so we can get a “good job” and have a career. We go to college, graduate and struggle. I’ve been playing this game since August 2012 while I was still in graduate school and the past year and a half has been rough. I truly hate it.
Have you seen those Vines where people go to a store and ask, “Y’all n***** hiring?” They’re hilarious and I’ve actually considered going to random places and doing this. There’s one in particular that stood out where the guy said something like, “Excuse me, sir. I’m about to start sellin’ ass. Y’all n***** hiring?” That shall be my exact line because who really wants to see a nice young lady out here selling ass when she has a master’s degree?! No one (I hope). But enough about my problems. Let me share some ways to help with your job search.
First of all, you should have some sort of plan. I read about keeping all of the jobs you apply for in a spreadsheet to track when each application was sent, if they followed up, if there was an offer for an interview and any other comments. I did this and it has been very helpful. I even highlight each one I followed up with so I could see it got done by the deadline I set.
I think we all hear about cleaning up our social media pages or making separate ones with our real names attached to them. This is to make a better online presence, which is important because a lot of jobs involve some social media work. Therefore, it’s important to show you know how to use social media and show you can be professional. However, I know a few people who said they no longer care if employers find their “fun” Twitter, which I understand considering a lot of people have gotten jobs through using their opinion on Twitter. (How do you think I became a contributor to Jessica’s site? Haha!) Very dope. So this is completely up to you.
Oh, and if you haven’t already. Get on LinkedIn. I promise you it’s helpful. I’ve gotten a lot of interviews after applying to jobs I saw on there. Fill out your profile as much as you can. Showcase your projects. Connect with people. Join some groups. Be active. It definitely helps.
I could go on and on about job hunting, but I won’t. So if you have any other thoughts, suggestions and tips, leave a comment or tweet me.
Good luck to you all looking for work like I am!