Job searching can be tough! Trust me, as a soon-to-be college graduate, I know the struggle. During my job hunt I learned what I liked and disliked about companies, tried to envision myself working there, and reached out to current employers on LinkedIn. Even though the job hunt can be difficult, these three tips should make your life a little easier.
#1 Know what your interested in
Who wants to go to work just for a pay check? Maybe some. But if you are like most people around the world, you want to have a job which you are passionate about. Maybe your asking yourself, “What am I passionate about”? or “Which job field is the right choice for me?” Don’t worry, there are plenty of resources out there to help you find the perfect job fit. Here are a couple:
16 Personalities: This free personality test embodies the very popular Myers Briggs personality types. This test is meant to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. Career path, friendship, and romance are only some of the categories that are tailored to your results. Your results will come in a series of four letters and each of those letters indicates a certain trait. For example: ENFJ.
- Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E)
- Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Career Leader: A fully integrated approach to business career self-assessment. This test is built on the premise of one’s interests, motivators, and skills. It matches an individual to specific business-related careers when compared to a database of hundreds of thousands of business professionals. Career Leader does require payment, however, students can often times get discounts, so make sure to contact your school’s career center and see if the test is available.
#2 Know your non-negotiables
After understanding which job field you want to enter, the next step is identifying your non-negotiables. What this means is identifying your limitations for a job opportunity. Some of these limitations may include: location, salary/hourly wage, or company size.
Figure out how long you want your daily commute to the office to be. Ask yourself: Am I willing to commute an hour or would I be willing to relocate? Does this job location open up more opportunities in my career? What is the lowest pay wage I will accept? Am I willing to stay with a company that doesn’t showcase substantial growth? When you outline your non-negotiables and filter job postings to your liking, searching will be easier.
#3 Research is key
Searching through job postings takes time, but one job search site that makes everything easier is Indeed. Indeed is the world’s #1 job search site that’s filled with thousands of job opportunities giving you many options to choose from.
Once you find and save your favorite postings, then head over to Glassdoor. Glassdoor is a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management. Basically you are getting the inside scoop on the company without even leaving your couch! This website is great for deterring you away from companies with negative reviews and turning your attention to positive companies which you might not have considered before.
Lastly, when you have narrowed your job search to around three to five companies, utilize LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a popular business and employment social media platform. Not having a LinkedIn account can put you at a disadvantage compared to other job applicants because LinkedIn is where you showcase your past and present work history and accomplishments. Companies generally go to LinkedIn to search for applicants that applied for their position.
Hopefully you enjoyed this article and found these tips helpful! Feel free to comment below any suggestions you might have for others during their job search.