No matter who you are, there are a couple inevitabilities in life: death, taxes and at some point having to look for a job. You might be just starting your job search or looking for different avenues to continue. You might even be perusing job openings for a friend, if you’re a really good friend (bravo to you). But whether you’re actively (or passively) looking for jobs, you could probably use a little help—and this is where FirstJob can step in.
With FirstJob, you’ll learn how to present your best self to potential employers while having the freedom to discover open positions over a wide range of companies. Read on for a few easy ways to get hired that go beyond a resume.
One of the best things you can do as you approach looking for a job is to become aware of the current job market. As of now, many different types of positions are increasingly being automated (it’s a crazy world out there), so job seekers have to position themselves in a way that highlights their unique value to recruiters. What can you do that a robot, or a software program, cannot?
The answer is, a TON. You have an angle, and a method for approaching problems that is entirely tied to your unique personality and experiences. That is what needs to come through in your applications.
Get clear on what you’re bringing to the table:
Before diving into search mode, take the time to fill out your FirstJob profile. Not only will it act as a great recourse for employers, but it’ll also be an important exercise for you to think about where you are and what you want. If you’re clear about what you’re bringing to the table and what you want out of your first job, you’ll be able to better target the roles you want, and shave off some apply time to roles you don’t.
Fill it out:
To start, add a pic of yourself so employers can see your lovely face! With your profile picture and cover photo, you get to showcase a bit of your uniqueness and personal flair. In fact, profiles with photos get more views. So if you do one thing, do this!
When filling out your interests, experiences, and most importantly your personal summary, don’t underestimate the importance of your approach as opposed to your hard skills. Your approach is a hugely important asset for potential employers. Its how you deal with stressful situations, how you work with co-workers, and how you jive or don’t jive with the company culture.
If you have a website or portfolio, go ahead and link these as well to give the employers a well-rounded sense of your interests.
Get yourself out there:
A thorough profile is MUCH more engaging for hiring managers than that generic resume you may or may not have built from a template (which we don’t recommend you do). While you can technically apply to positions without a fully formed profile page, consider filling out the profile. Trust us, it makes a difference.
Once you’re done filling out all the good stuff—adding pictures, filling out your experiences, summary, education, etc.—don’t forget to send your profile to a friend who knows you well. It’s pretty clear when someone’s personality is correctly conveyed with the impression that text and images create. Having a friend look over your profile will help to make sure this is as accurate and engaging as possible.
The most important thing about your job search is being clear about what you’re looking for. Decide on a desired location, a job type, an industry, or even just an aspect about a company’s culture that is your priority. It’s surprising how quickly a job search can muddle your original desires and intentions, especially when you fall into frantic search mode and apply to a much wider range of jobs than necessary, (or what we call the “spray and pray”). However focusing your search will eliminate application stress about jobs that you don’t really want.
While as an early-career job seeker it’s VERY important to explore a lot of different possibilities (because remember, the world is your oyster when you don’t really know what you’re doing) it’s also very important to set boundaries for the type of job you’re going to apply for.
Target your search:
Once you’re clear about your non-negotiable’s, you can begin your targeted search. Don’t overwhelm yourself with general search boards where you go on scrolling ‘till your heart falls out of your chest. Make sure to direct your search with what you’ve found to be your priorities. If you know you won’t be happy unless you’re living in a certain city, don’t waste your time, and the employer’s time, applying for a position that’s in a different city. If you know you’re looking for a job in marketing and you see an interesting opening in your city in a completely different industry, pause before applying. An unfocused search can be more of a headache than anything else.
Last thing – If one of your priorities has anything to do with company culture (and it very well might), then check out FirstJob company profiles to get a better sense of the people you would be working with. Ultimately, you’re choosing them as much as they are choosing you, so get to know them! Employers will have their eyes on your profile, so why not check out what they’re about? The more resources you have to help you limit random application efforts, the better. Happy hunting!