Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.
So let’s kick it off with one thing that most responsible adults do: getting and keeping a job. Looking for a job sucks. People make it look so easy and sometimes you wonder what you’re doing wrong. But it’s not easy, far from it actually. I haven’t always been the best at keeping jobs, but I’ve always found a job when I looked for one. I started at 16, working 4 months as a cashier then became a sales associate at a clothing store before moving on to be a server for a dollar more per hour, then I finally went to school for nursing. Anyway, let’s get started with the first step. Just remember that the nature of job searching is different for everyone because it will come down to what they already know, their experiences, resources, etc. These are just some things I did in the past to get a job and I’m sharing them with you and you can choose to apply it to your job search if you want to.
Build a resume and post it everywhere
Yes we are starting with this. Writing a resume is the worst, but guess what? It’s an essential part of the process so deal with it. I worked on mine, read about how to make it better, and uploaded it to every job site I could find on the internet. There are no excuses for anyone to not know how to put one together because you need to learn to be resourceful (free adulting tip right there). This is one of those things that you can easily do with the help of someone you know or even using good ol’ Google. There are literally hundreds of sites that will tell you how to build a resume and will even give you a template where you just plug in your information.
One thing I’ve also done in the past is look for places around my area that I wouldn’t mind working at and searched for their website. There is usually a contact information for the hiring managers or HR and I will write an email letting them know who I am and that I am looking for a job with my resume attached. Yes, I’ve gotten a job this way. The hiring director emailed me directly asking to meet me for an interview the very next day.
“But I have no experience, I have nothing to put in my resume so I don’t want to bother doing it.” I know, been there, done that. Although there are many things you can put in a resume, sometimes the market is just so saturated with other applicants who might be more qualified than you, that your empty resume might just go unnoticed. Which leads me to the next point.
Ask friends and relatives who have jobs if they have a position open where they work that you might be qualified for
There is a saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This rings true for many of us. I got my first job as a cashier because my aunt recommended me. This is the easiest way to get a job, but it could be a double ended sword. Family and friends are sometimes hesitant to vouch for others specially if there’s a chance you will end up being a bad employee because they know that it will essentially fall back on them for recommending you. Some might have had a bad experience before and are now apprehensive about doing it for others, so don’t be offended if they are not too ecstatic about helping out. But it is always worth a try. So next time you are around them, make conversations and let it be known that you are looking for employment because they might just be your way in.
Another way is to be very proactive about your job search. I know how easy it is to get tied down in front of your computer filling out hundreds of those applications and call it a day, only to be met with disappointing rejection notices or worse, not hearing anything at all. It makes us think that we are working so hard looking for a job but in reality, filling out the same applications over and over is hardly “looking for a job.” Let’s get real here.
So, what should you be doing other than that?
Apply in Person
This might be the most effective so far. The entry level jobs that I’ve gotten were from me applying person. Here’s what you do: Dress up nicely (not “interview” day nice, but enough that you look put together). I mean, depending on the job, black jeans with a nice white tee and blazer over it will even suffice. Basically use your common sense and dress for the part. You wouldn’t show up to an office job hunt wearing your clubbing dress, right? Resumes are optional but can never hurt. Print out tons of copies depending on how many places you plan on hitting up. Pick out places that you think you want to work for. It doesn’t matter if you think they are hiring or not. Just go in and ask for the manager, introduce yourself, and say that you’re looking for a job and ask for an application. They will either tell you to go online or hand you a paper application. I got a job at a clothing store at the mall this way. Trust me, we got people coming in asking if we were hiring and it’s always a “No, we’re not right now, but you can fill out an application.” Don’t forget to proofread your applications and follow up.
Attend Job Fairs
Go on your search box and type in your city with the words “job fair” right now and see what you find. I can’t guarantee it for every city but it’s almost a monthly event in mine. This is also a nice way to go out and meet potential employers. I’ve gone to several job fairs over the years and I always had fun. Seriously, some job fairs provide food and even a career center where they will help you work on your resume. Depending on the event, you might need to RSVP. They usually last a few hours so you will get plenty of chances to meet with many employers. You have to dress professionally and bring your resumes. The event’s set-up are usually the same where you will find kiosks or tables with HR representatives or hiring managers behind them. They are ready to provide you with information about their company, accept your resume for review, or even offer an interview on site. You can ask about the company and if you find that it might not be for you, you thank them and move on to the next table. The downside is there usually will be tons of other job seekers so it can get crowded and difficult to really make an impression.
Last but not least…
Create your own job
The amazing DIY-ers and self-made individuals out there know something about life that most of us don’t. They follow their passions and found a way to make money from it. This is a ton of work and needs a lot of dedication. I can’t give you advice on this (yet) since blogging remains just a hobby of mine, because I do have a full time job, but maybe in the future, I might take blogging into this direction. You never know.