Are you searching for a job? Me, too. We aren’t alone in our quest for employment. Our family was hit over the summer with this unfortunate situation. Thankfully we are debt free but we do still have children that need the bare necessities. As a family we didn’t make any big announcements and very few people knew. Fast forward six months, the health insurance and unemployment has expired and we are now both involved in the job search. The race is on and each day we are submitting online applications and talking with friends or recruiters who might have leads.
After chatting with a few more friends I found their husbands too have been laid off and are looking for work. The most stressful part of the entire situation has been the job hunting process. I’ll admit as a stay at home, freelancing, Crossfitting mom the search was not something I was truly prepared for. It wasn’t until I joined my husband did I truly realize that updating, searching and applying for employment is a job in itself. Some of the online application processes, depending on the company can literally take hours.
In an effort to sort my thoughts, I created a slide show to help others with time saving tips for their job search. There is a story that accompanies each slide that would be a nice presentation. I’m sure everyone has a story about their efforts with a few tips and warnings of their own. Feel free to share those in the comments.
Here are a few of the highlights.
Your Linkedin profile is your friend and if you don’t have an account, you should get one. Why? because many companies are using Linkedin as part of their online application process. The idea is that the information from your profile on Linkedin will fill in the majority of the information for you, thus speeding up the process. This is great in theory but some company sites have script errors and it doesn’t work.
In my upbringing we weren’t supposed to brag about ourselves, we were supposed to stay humble. Prepare yourself, because some companies are looking for “outstanding” candidates, who are “exceptional” communicators and “excellent” writers. Of course that’s just an example but you have to be able to think of yourself in those terms in order to apply.
How do you stand out from every other applicant applying for the same job? What would you say in 150 characters to describe what makes you “unique?” Do you have a ready made answer because if you don’t, you might want think about it.
What makes me unique? I’m passionate about olympic weightlifting. In order to solve the problem of working around gym hours I put a squat rack in my living room. I’m action-oriented. They wanted a candidate with “passion” and “action-oriented.This shows my passion, action and the ability to problem solve. #jobsearch
Time and Money–
Know that it is going to take time, from submitting an application to interviewing on the phone and then in person. If you go through a staffing agency it will take twice as long because you will interview with them first. That old saying, “it takes money to make money” take that to heart. You need an interview outfit if you don’t have one and gas in the fuel tank.
If your current job offers any kind of further your education program or they will pay for licenses and certifications, do it! It doesn’t matter if you have interest at the moment or not. When your looking for a job you don’t want to look back and say “I should have….” Make yourself as marketable as you can.
There is a gap in the process folks and it’s a big one. There are very few sites with a feedback loop after you have submitted. You will know they are interested “if” they call you back. How long do you wait? You can’t wait. You must keep applying and searching because they don’t want you to call the office to get a status update. There has to be a better way to update job seekers.