Monday, August 19, 2019

How To Not Go Crazy While Job Hunting

In 100% honesty, job hunting is no fun. Seriously, job hunting is a full time job in and of itself. But, it comes with the territory and it is something I know I'll make it through. When I'm looking for jobs and feeling frustrated I just try to remember that this is just a season, and in time, I'll find a job.

I know many people are in this season of life with me so I wanted to share a few tips that have helped me through this process. I am by no means an expert, but these things have helped me while job hunting.

Do not apply for every job you see. My degree is in marketing and when I first started looking for jobs any and every title that included "marketing" I applied for. Well sis, that ain't it. This is one of the reasons I was SO stressed and overwhelmed.  At this point in my hunt I really take the time to look at a company's website and the position before I take my time to apply.

Keep an organized spreadsheet of jobs you've applied for. My spreadsheet is nothing fancy but it has helped with keeping everything organized. I make note of the company, position, date applied, and any other things that seem important. I am looking for jobs on multiple sites so this makes it easy for me to see if I have applied or not.

Set aside time for job hunting. This is my worst habit when it comes to job hunting. Anytime I'm not looking for/applying for jobs I feel like I should be. But, just because you're looking for a job doesn't mean you have to stop living your life. I set aside about 1 hour every week day to job hunt. And either Saturday or Sunday morning I look for jobs for at least an hour.

This last one mayyyy be obvious but some people may need to hear it. (It's me, I'm some people)

Look outside of your degree area. For an example, lets look at marketing. What is marketing? Honestly, who the hell knows. (I mean besides me and my degree) But what I'm getting at is marketing is SO many things. Look outside of posts that just have marketing in the title. Think about all of the other things the job you want could be referred to as (communications, public relations, etc.) and search those terms to find jobs too. 

Looking for a job is not easy and to do it the right way, it is extremely time consuming. Having a plan of attack is the best way to go into job hunting without getting overwhelmed. I know eventually we will find a job!!!

And before I go. I just recently started blogging again. Be sure to look around the blog to see what i have been up to.

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