A few years ago I was in between jobs. I tried doing my own thing but realized that it was best to go back to working a full-time job again. It took me 8 months, but I was able to finally get another full-time job. A lot happened during that time. I applied to hundreds of jobs. I also worked two part gigs. I had to have some money coming in so I didn’t care where it was coming from.
In today’s post, I want to share with you different things that you can do if you are looking for a new job.
Continue to apply
One thing that you have to do is to continue 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. I made it a habit to apply to about 40 jobs each week. You have to keep applying. You won’t get a job without doing so.
Update your resume
The next thing that you should do is make sure that your resume is up to date. I update my resume whenever I get a new job. I also added relevant skills to it. Depending on your situation, it may be good to have a couple of different versions of your resume available.
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 skills for the particular position. A generic cover letter will not work. I can’t lie, I used to be lazy and use one. That’s probably the reason that I didn’t have more interviews when I was applying for jobs a few years ago.
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. If you get a lot of rejections, keep going. Your new job will be on the was sooner than later.
Apply for legit companies
During my last job search, I saw 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 ask them to deposit checks in their account when they haven’t even done any work. Don’t fall for any of those scams. My advice is to look for work on legitimate websites such as Indeed and Career Builder. I am on the fence with Craigslist. They don’t usually have that many good jobs in the Atlanta area. It may be different for you though depending on where you live.
Don’t just apply for any job
Typically I wouldn’t just apply for any type of job. I’d only apply for jobs that you’re interested in. 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 or think that you could do.
Continue to utilize your network
This is something that everyone should do, but they don’t. You should utilize your network. 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.
Looking for a job can take a while. Some people are lucky and can get hired quickly, while it takes a while for others. It took me 8 months to get a full-time position again. As long as you keep applying and staying focused, you will get hired again.