Recently, we talked to someone about to graduate who told us they were “terrified” about having to look for work. They didn’t “feel ready to work” and said they “have no idea” what they wanted to do. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. We’re here to help.
Finding a job is easier than you think as long as you have the right tools.
If this is your first job, experience will be important. This could be internships, volunteering or even small part-time jobs. You want to focus on building your skills for your resume. This has the added bonus that you’ll figure out what kind of work you’d like to do.
Maybe you volunteer at a local animal shelter and realize that you’re allergic to most of the animals there. Boom! You now know you can’t work in an environment with lots of animals. We’re narrowing down your job search.
As you branch out and explore different jobs, you’ll find that the things you want to do become clearer (as well as the things you DON’T want to do). Make a note of these things, be clear about your goals and keep your head up! A good job search takes time and energy at first, but it’s worth it in the end.
Try these tips for making your job search just a little easier:
- Talk about it. Tell your friends and family you’re ready to work. They may know of someone who is hiring, or be willing to pay you to help them with things around the house.
- Look close by. Transportation is always a problem so make sure you aren’t looking for jobs too far from home. You may also find jobs that others have overlooked just by walking around.
- Always ready. You never know who is hiring so always look your best when going out around town. Maybe you’ll meet up with friends at a coffee shop and see a “Now Hiring” sign, or to one of your favorite stores where your friend works. As a bonus: keep a copy of your resume handy and a pen for filling out an application.
- Make an “elevator speech”. Work on “selling” yourself to future employers with a quick minute long speech about who you are. If you can’t keep a paper resume with you, this is the next best thing. Tips on creating an elevator speech can be found here: What the heck is an “elevator speech”?
- Keep looking. Schedule yourself an hour or two each week where you sit down and look through popular job sites for work. New jobs are posted every day and the sooner you find one and apply, the better your chances are for an interview.
Job searches are tough for everyone and it’s easy to quit after the first few weeks of looking. The key here is to keep going. You can do this.