job hunting in the digital age

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been searching for full-time employment prior to my college graduation in mid-May.  After a couple months (seriously, I started applying for jobs in February) of virtually zero leads, I found myself incredibly discouraged.  Looking for jobs completely online almost did not feel like I was working towards anything real because more often than not, “no’s” are hard to come by, and an empty email inbox was the only response I could anticipate.  In this sense, it’s easy to feel like you’re not working towards anything tangible, what with sending applications full of hope into a void, only to rinse and repeat.

I need a job and I can’t really stand here and say I’m enjoying the uncertainty of not

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my friend Erin and I pretending to look studious, but I think it’s clear this is posed.  

knowing what’s next.  In hopes of rejuvenating the job hunt process, I made some major changes to the way in which I was applying for jobs, that of which helped me to land my first interview.  Because it worked for me, it may work for you.

  1. I revised my resume.  There are a lot of sites that will tell you what employers are looking for when reviewing a resume: your major accomplishments, conciseness, clean lines, etc.  I recreated my resume using canva, a cool site which offers both free and premium formats.
  2. I started connecting with people from the companies I was applying to more directly. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of emails post work day/post weekend/post long holiday weekend, etc.  Most professionals are on LinkedIn, and they’re quite easy to find.  My friend Maddie recommended that  I connect with the contact listed on the application and “InMail” them expressing interest in the job.  This shows the person you’re already willing to go an additional mile and are not content with just waiting for a response for something you’re truly interested in.

Honestly, I just started this revamping process, so that’s all I’ve got…but so far, so good.  Fingers crossed and best wishes to all those applying for jobs!

bridget

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