4 Things that I had to learn the hard way so you don’t have to.
1. Don’t pigeon hole yourself
I have a degree in film, media and theatre production. When I first got out of school I was solely applying to work on film sets, in production companies, or in theatres. I didn’t occur to me that my skill sets could be applied to other industries and in nonconventional ways!
It’s important to remember that you are a unique person with unique experiences, talents, and skills to bring to the workplace, and there are more jobs out there than just the one you may have been traditionally trained. Skills are transferable, and know how they can be transferred as it will open more doors to you.
2. Make sure you’re ready to go beyond your resume
It’s important for your resume to speak to your skills specifically in this job at this company. No employer wants to see a cookie cutter resume. The resume however is becoming less of a focus in modern interviewing. Think of it more like the first gatekeeper. The best way to get past it and to the next step is to make sure your resume speaks to you in the position and highlights your hard and soft skills. You can also include a link to a video introduction. You need to get it right to move on, but you also need to be ready for what comes next. An advantage to digital resumes is your ability to showcase yourself in a broader way and introduce yourself personally, without having to cold call the employer! After that you need to be prepared for the next steps in the hiring process, which may involve digital interviews before the employer actually asks to meet you in person.
3. Treat Job Hunting like your full time job
For me it really felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with my job search for a long time. But I wasn’t putting in the time and effort the task really takes. One or two applications a night might be enough for getting a part time job but if your looking for a career the work starts when you start looking.
Even if you already have some kind of employment, job hunting should be something you invest in daily. It’s important to put the required time aside to search properly. It’s not just about submitting job applications it’s about networking and connecting with the right people. This is why its important to carve out a good part of your day to devote to job hunting.
4. It’s okay to get frustrated
The job market has gone through many changes over years and continues to change. It’s natural considering the world is in a time of great change as well. Yes, the uncertainty this brings is frustrating, and that’s okay. Remember to take time for yourself, channel your frustration into something productive, but most importantly, remember this frustration. When you do find a career you will value it even more.