Job searching, while currently employed, is hard work. Yes, it (sometimes feels like) a second job. Keeping it quiet is even more nerve racking and scheduling interviews during work hours always stresses me out. Especially when job searching goes like this:
- Research the job position
- Research the company
- Tailor your resume to highlight key attributes to their job description
- (Usually) fill out an online application profile – mostly the stuff that is already on your resume
- Wait for a response
- Hope for a random call (or email, for those who understand you work at a regular job) while you are at work to schedule a 30 min. phone interview
- Have the recruiter reschedule said phone interview that you were already prepared for
- Have the 30 min phone interview (recruiters are usually the one talking the whole time)
- Schedule an actual interview
- Either have the interview via Skype/GoToMeeting, or in person interview (which in my case includes at least a 2 hour car ride)
- Have the interview that takes about an hour
- Wait for them to make a decision
- Get a call back between 2-5 weeks on their decision
- You get less than 24 hours to respond with a reply or the offer is no longer valid
So, Here are 6 ways to make job searching process suck a little less.
Have a master resume
- Write down every single thing you have ever accomplished, any classes you’ve taken, any measurable data that you have ever been apart of (recruiters like to see actual numbers on resumes). This helps you copy and paste things into your resume that will relate to the position you are applying for (this also helps during the interview! when you talk about your strengths, you can have a cheat sheet in front of you of why you are awesome and deserve the job more than any other candidate)
Watch star ratings on job searches
- (unless there are like two comments, than proceed with caution) employees who either already work there or have worked there in the past will be your biggest allies. Glassdoor and Indeed have rating systems for people to rate the company and this has helped a lot.
Have a spreadsheet of every job/company you have applied to
- Add a link to the job description (I didn’t do this but it would have been super helpful, that way if one calls you a few weeks up to a month later, you won’t forget which one it is. This also helps you gauge who has contacted you, and who you’re still waiting for a response from.
Trust your gut
- Interview experience is important, but your time is more important. If you have second thoughts, or don’t have a good feeling that it’s something you really want, it will only get worse.
TELL THEM YOU ARE NERVOUS BEFORE YOU EVEN BEGIN THE INTERVIEW.
- Weirdly, this let’s you relax a little bit, hopefully give them a clue to try to break the ice a bit, and you can follow up with a “I really want this job, and I just want this interview to go well, so I am really nervous” You’re human, being put on the spot like that is tough for anyone.
Ask them questions
- (yes prepare questions before you even begin the interview) but really listen to what they are saying and ask them questions that will reassure them that you are actually listening and good dialog is way better than a Q and A. It’ll take the pressure off you, and you can hear their experiences.
Finding a new job is tough and takes a lot of work. Especially when you have such a wide range of potential places you want to live. Figuring out if you will enjoy that company culture and if they think you’re a good fit is a balancing act. But, when you nail that interview, and get the acceptance call, it is all so worth it. Just keep going, something better will pop up and will make everything worth it in the end.
Happy Hunting, and I promise it will all be worth it!