Starting to look for a job can be an overwhelming feeling. You may have just gotten let go from a previous job and are feeling discouraged, maybe you are looking for your first job out of college or maybe you’ve been out of the workforce for some time and are ready to hop back in. Regardless of which one you may be there are some foolproof ways to alleviate some of the stresses of the job searching process.
To start, have your resume and LinkedIn updated and ready to go. There is nothing worse than finding a job, seeing the deadline is soon and not having your resume ready to submit right away or sending it in and not feeling confident about it. If this is something you struggle with feel free to schedule a resume and or LinkedIn consultation with us here at Spark Your Resume. It is also important to have a strong LinkedIn profile in case a recruiter or someone from a company you apply to tries looking you up.
Once you have those two things ready to go think about what kind of industry you want to work in. Whether that be marketing, finance, health care etc. understand what you think would be a good fit for you. This helps narrow down your search and allows you to familiarize yourself with what type of jobs are available in those industries. It also is a good idea to take some time to research some of the top companies in that industry as well as have an idea of which companies you think would be a good fit for. Take advantage of websites such Indeed, Ziprecruiter and Glassdoor to tailor your search to your ideal position.
While going through the process of applying for jobs it is easy to lose track of what you applied for and when. Not every company sends out an email confirmation and even still it is easy to lose emails in your inbox. The best way to stay on top of your search is to stay organized by keeping track of what you applied for, what the company is and the link to the job in an excel sheet. You can also use this sheet to compile jobs you want to apply for and list the deadlines for each so you can do a few each day.
Lastly, try to treat this as an adventure rather than something stressful. Stay positive and if you ever feel lost know that Spark Your Resume has your back.