Looking for a job is HARD and there is so much information (and MISinformation) circulating that I wanted to share the top 5 TRUTHS of looking for a job, that no one likes to admit!
1. It IS about who you know, as much as what you know…but you don’t need to know those people right now!
I have seen numbers quoted that as high as 70 to 80 percent of jobs are NOT posted. That means you need to get out there and start meeting people. Make sure you actually show up for the networking event you bought tickets to. One of the best ways to grow your network is by using LinkedIn. Most people on LinkedIn never communicate with one another so you will be a step above the rest just by saying “Hello!”
2. Job hunting is a commitment.
If you are doing it right, you should be busy most of the time you are not working. You should be tracking down people and asking for informational interviews. You should be in coffee shops meeting new people, at industry events AND applying for jobs online, because you need to cover all of your bases! This is probably not the best time to join Tinder.
3. You will get rejected, a lot.
Everyone is looking for their perfect candidate. To the hiring managers, that is going to be the person who is most-highly qualified, looking for pay in their predetermined range. You will face rejection and that is OK! You want to find a job that makes sense for both parties, and starting off on sour note will not help anyone.
4. You will NEED to miss work for interviews.
If you were interviewing someone, how would you feel is they asked you to meet them at 7:30 a.m. so they were not inconvenienced? What about trying to squeeze in an interview at 4:30 p.m. when you’re trying to get home to your family or just to your personal life? Hiring managers feel the same way. You can always ask for a convenient time slot for your interview, but be cognizant of their jobs and needs as well. At the end of the day, you are trying to make the best impression possible, and there are tons of candidates who ARE willing to take a day off for the interview.
5. There is no such thing as a perfect job.
Every job will require comprise. Whether it’s a longer commute than you hoped for, slightly less pay or mediocre health benefits. It is important for you to know where your line in the sand is. What compromises can you make without resentment? What is essential for you to have in your current and future position? Knowing these before you start interviewing will enable you to confidently make requests during negotiations and will make it easier for you to pass on an opportunity that is not right for YOU!
Ready to start your job search? Let me know in the comments.