Job searching isn’t what it is painted to be. It isn’t either listed as a “fun activity” for students to do once they graduate. During the job search, you might feel like you’re not doing anything right given the nos you’ll hear when applying for jobs. Often, it may seem that the job market just doesn’t want you but is it the case? Or are you just hitting a wall(AKA the job search burnout)? Here are a few tips to help you avoid it.
1) The job search = challenge; not depressive time suck
It is understandable, that you might feel a little frustrated with the job search. Yes, you’ll hear nos more often than maybes and when you do hear maybe it just makes it worst. However, try to not view it as a time consuming task that just makes you feel less valued rather it’s a training process. A worthy time to invest in self improvement. Next time an employer turns you down, ask why. First, this will hugely differ you from the common job seeker that leaves quietly and more importantly you’ll know which mistakes to avoid on your next interview.
2) Sometimes you make a sell by not selling
To put it briefly, you create an impression not by churning out improvised answers but by building rapport. As a fresh graduate, employers don’t expect you to be a top-notch-engineer (or whatever your career maybe) with all the solutions. No, they want to know if you can start from scratch and actually add value to their businesses and organisations. So don’t focus too much on selling yourself instead try to build rapport with your interviewer. Try to see if you and your interviewer have common ground. Do they like football? Are they passionate about filing(hey somebody must love to do it)?
3) Your Resume isn’t a work of art
It’s fine if it looks like it belongs at an art gallery, but know that most hiring managers won’t go through your resume with a fine comb until after the interview. They first scan your profile, to see if you’re a fit. So, don’t waste your time trying to get the right margins, the perfect font, the best language to describe your achievements (no one likes to go through a CV with a dictionary in hand). Instead, focus on creating a CV that is readable and answers to the job description. Don’t be surprised if an engineer doesn’t contact you after reading through paragraphs of how good your writing is. Hiring managers like simple CVs that are direct. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t make it your own but rather make sure that you shine in the best possible way.