Hello Day Dreamers!
If you are a regular reader then you already know that I recently finished up my Event Management Certificate at Conestoga College. When I was in school I was doing some light job hunting, but I have stepped it up now that I have a home base and I am free to start working right away!
I am learning very quickly that being at home is not my cup of tea. Even I can only find so many things to clean during the week!! We all know it’s not a great job market out there, but that just means you have to try even harder and keep your head up to get that job!! I wanted to write a job hunting post for all of you out there who might need that extra push, but also for myself! It is tough to keep focused and for me writing about job hunting gets me excited about it too!
Job Hunting Tips and Tricks
- Job hunt like its your job. For the past week and a bit, I have been setting my alarm, making breakfast, having my morning coffee and then getting right to the job hunt. I have set myself set up in our spare bedroom/office and I get on my regular job boards and I get to it! Whether I am applying for jobs, researching companies or making phone calls, I am working from about 9:00am to 3:30 or 4:00pm. So sit at a desk and set some working hours for yourself to help stay focused.
- Keep your options open. Sure we all have that perfect job in mind and after just graduating from a program that I am passionate about I am hell-bent and determined to become an event coordinator, BUT that doesn’t mean I am not seeing what else is out there. Some times you might find jobs within that dream company that could be a great stepping stone to that perfect job, so don’t disregard a job posting because it doesn’t say event coordinator (or whatever your desired position is!). The starter job could be your ticket in and you will never know if you don’t try!
- Follow up. I am so guiltily for not following up on every job I have ever applied for. Saying that I am getting better and I am making an effort to source numbers, ask for HR and get my name heard. It’s not easy and I leave lots of voicemails and emails, but sending your resume is not enough any more! HR departments are receiving so many emails per day it’s tough to make yours stand out. So call them a day or two after you apply and make sure they have looked at your resume and make sure they know your name and how interested and amazing you really are!!
- Get out there. Part of this is something that I already wanted to do, but D also suggested getting out there in a different way. First off get out there by going to events! Networking events are a great way to put a face to a name and you never know who you might meet and opportunities they could have for you! What D suggested for me is to get out there everyday. He suggested that I go downtown and do my job hunt from a Starbucks or cafe, library, or any public place where I can be productive, but also meet new people. You never know where you will be when you meet a potential employer!
- Volunteer. I know, you want a job that pays and so do I. However, volunteering is the best way to get your foot in the door. Two of my previous jobs I have been hired because I had been a volunteer! I was a trusted face and when a job that suited me came up there were no questions asked it was mine! So get out there and offer to help out at events or maybe the company needs a few extra hands a couple of days a week! People will very rarely turn down free labour!
- Never give up. I have applied to so many jobs in the past few weeks and months. I have heard back from a few, but it was through an email saying the position was filled or I didn’t fit what they were looking for. Yeah that might sound like a downer, but I look at it as a positive. These employers have taken the time to read and evaluate my resume and they often have feedback for me. Every job out there is not for you. So one person turning you down is not a big deal. What is a big deal is that your name is out there and they now know what you are about! So keep it up!!!
I hope these tips help you in your own job hunt or at least motivate you if you were getting a little down and out. I am going to follow my own advice and in fact I have already signed up to volunteer for a few up coming events in May and June!
Good luck to you all of you and remember to keep living those dreams!
Until next time day dreamers!