Applying for jobs can be a daunting task. Whatever the reason you may be seeking a new 9-5 it never really gets easier.
Here’s the thing…
I’m sure most people don’t actually hate applying for jobs, I don’t. I think it’s exciting, but the task is daunting. Sometimes it’s wise to take a break, whether its a week or a month because rejections or lack of feedback can get a person down. I have plenty of friends who have moved onto new jobs in recent months, and some that haven’t been as lucky. Sometimes I think it’s just luck, and sometimes that sucks, but if you don’t apply then you’ll never have a chance.
It takes forever
Okay – not literally forever but we dedicate so much time to applying and searching for jobs! Right? I remember when i was studying for my degree and one of my lecturers gave us a mini talk on looking for jobs when we finished our studying. She said that we should treat looking for a job like a job in itself, you need to dedicate time to it. That’s not to say you should be job hunting every day, but personally i think once or twice a week, maybe a lunch break here and there are good windows to search.
I was talking to a friend not long ago who was expressing her anger at the following question in a job application:
If you are related to a director, or have a relationship with a director or employee of an appointing organisation, please state the relationship:
We set our heart on the ‘dream job’
Keeping our CV’s up to date is hard
I looked back through the files in my memory stick last night and the most recent entry I found was Amy’s CV June 2017. Wow i thought. I really think it’s worth taking a look at your CV, or asking a friend or professional service to do so every few weeks or month. Maybe the reason you haven’t been successful in a job or interview is because you’re not highlighting your greatest attributes?
The things we don’t think of
Do you always use spell check in your applications?
Do you always write a cover letter?
Do you chase up the application or contact the employer yourself for a discussion?
These are things we should be doing every time we apply for a new job, and even i’m guilty of forgetting these small but important things.
Good luck with your applications, interviews and so on, i’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!