Job applications: a how-to guide

Searching and applying for jobs can be a rather monotonous process. It’s difficult enough to come across something that has relevance to your skills, interests and credentials, and even when you do, it’s seldom to hear back from an employer, causing feelings of frustration and insignificance.

If the above statement is an accurate summation of your own experience with applying for jobs, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, I would argue a majority of people have found themselves in this unfortunate situation at some point in their lives.

I’ve been there, too, and I thought I would offer a few of my own strategies that could potentially benefit someone else who is in the midst of searching for a new job. They may help you, or they may be completely irrelevant to you, but it’s worth sharing, I think.

First, it’s crucial to designate job search outlets that work for you and what you’re looking for. Avoid relying on one single job website, and rather, do a little research to determine which website works best for you if you’re applying online. Think outside the box; sometimes opportunities online can exist where you least expect it.

Second, be picky. This might sound a little bizarre in the context of looking for a job, but I’ve learned the hard way not to settle and accept a position you’re not entirely interested in for the sake of having a job. Granted, this may not be applicable to everyone depending on financial situations, but it’s better to hold out and find a job you’re seriously interested in as opposed to taking on you know you won’t be at for long out of respect for yourself and the employer.

Third, go out and drop resumes off to locations in-person, regardless if they’re hiring at the time or not. This is an effective way to leave a first impression and potentially show your interest to an employer face-to-face.

Whether or not these tips and tricks seem like they’ll work for you, they’ve benefitted me in the past. Keep them in mind if you’re looking for a job, and be mindful of other strategies that may present themselves along the way.

 


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