I can’t even lie I’m surprised. A few months ago I realized that I needed to get a full time job again so that I can really get to work on this debt repayment program. I enjoy my part time jobs but they aren’t bringing in enough money. It has literally been six months since I started looking for full time employment again. I’ve had a couple of interviews that went well, but clearly I didn’t get the jobs.
At times I have gotten a little frustrated. I had a couple people look at my resume and make some changes. I think that worked because I have been having more interviews as of late. I also feel that something good is on the horizon.
It’s hard for a lot of people right now. Below are a few things that I have done and will continue to do until I get that next full time gig. You can do these things as well.
Continue to apply
One thing that will not stop is me continuing to apply for jobs. Even if you apply and don’t hear anything back continue to do it. It’s a numbers game. Your next job could be around the corner.
Update your resume
I have updated my resume a couple times within the last few months. I have added more skills and also included one of my part time jobs on there.
Customize your cover letter for each position
This may take a little more time, but you want to make sure that you customize your cover letter for each job that you are applying for. Different jobs call for different skills. Your cover letter should state that you have those skills.
Don’t let emotions get the best of you
We’re all human. We get frustrated from time to time. Don’t let looking for a full time gig get you riled up emotionally. Things happen for a reason. Even though it may be hard, stay positive.
Apply for legit companies
During this job search I have found out that certain sites allow scammers to put fake jobs on their websites. There are so many scams out there asking people to send money or asking them to deposit checks in their account when they haven’t even did any work. Don’t fall for any of those scams. My advice is to look for work on company websites, Indeed and Career Builder. I am on the fence with Craigslist. They don’t usually have good jobs in the Atlanta area. It may be different for you though.
Don’t just apply for any job
Typically I wouldn’t just apply for any type of job. I say typically unless you are not working at all. If you’re not working by all means apply for any and everything so that you can get some money coming in. If you are working part time apply for jobs that you qualify for. Your odds of getting hired should be better if you qualify for the position.
Continue to utilize your network
This is something that everyone can do. Utilizing your network can yield big returns. If you think you don’t have a network think again. If you have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account you have a network. Networking with those people can lead you to your next full time job.
What is the longest that you went without a full time job? How did you find your current position? I enjoy all comments.