“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” -Carlton Fisk
Unemployment can be one of the scariest things you ever have to face. But, it doesn’t have to be. You just have to be focused, driven and determined.
When I graduated college, I didn’t have a job lined up. So, that meant an entire summer back at home living with my dad. The entire time I was so worried about finding a job that my anxiety was starting to flare up again, but I couldn’t let it get the better of me. Instead, I needed to focus my energy on the job search.
Here’s what you can do to find a job:
- Set up an Excel worksheet with all of the positions you have already applied for. This will save you a TON of time! It’ll keep you from re-applying for positions over and over again. By the time I was finished with my job search, I had applied for over 1,200 jobs. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have experience, but need experience for these jobs.
- Set daily goals.
If you really want to put a dent in your search, give yourself a goal to reach at the end of the day. Every day I told myself, I needed to apply for 50 jobs a day. It’d doable if you just sit yourself down and avoid all interruptions.To make the time pass, you can binge watch a Netflix series while you’re applying. This is how I watched the entire series of Revenge in a week.
- Use your resources.I exhausted job search sites like Indeed and Monster, but still needed to meet my daily goal. So, I got crafty. Here’s a few things that I did:- Visited the Chamber directory and sent emails with my resume to the contacts even if they weren’t hiring. Surprisingly, I got some responses back saying that they were hiring and would love to meet.- Used LinkedIn and my connections. Businesses post jobs there all the time. Also, update your profile to let people know you’re seeking employment. You never know when the right person will see it and bring you in for an interview.
– Visited GlassDoor and applied for highly ranked businesses.
– Researched large corporations in the area and visited their websites. A lot of the times they have jobs posted on their career page that you won’t find on Indeed and Monster.