Job boards, recruiters, endless interviews, OH MY!
Editing cover letters and filling out online applications can be a scary thought and not to mention pretty stressful. We have all been there, amirite? You have this ideal job and salary in mind, you prep your resume to show off all your experience and you study up on the companies you’re interested in but alas, you don’t get the call back.
So, besides the fact that job hunting can be a huge pain in the arse, I have taken away a few big things during the process that, I feel, can translate to anyone during their job search regardless if you’re entry level or expert.
1) YOU AREN’T SPECIAL
“I feel attacked…” Listen bb, it’s nothing personal, but to employers, you’re just another face-less resume in their big pile. Remember, you’re not the only person in your area looking for a job so get in line, bucko. I know, harsh criticism but my tip to you, find ways that make you stand out. Update your portfolio, add links and clippings to your cover letter, create a video introduction, dress uniquely (but not too crazy, head to my biz fashion Pinterest board for inspo) when going to interviews and always, always, ALWAYS know your sh** about the company and the position!
2) GENERAL SKILLS MEAN NOTHING
I spoke with a recruiter recently, and as I was describing myself and my work to him, I said I was a jack of many trades. He stopped me and said that employers are looking for applicants who specialize in certain skills and aren’t just generally great at everything. At first, this frustrated me because I take pride in my experience with various trades but then I realized, I know I am better at some things over others. Double down on the skills you KNOW that you can use to absolutely KILL IT at your new job, whether it be administrative duties, paid social media advertising or SEO - focus in and highlight your top skills, don’t be general.
3) PERSISTENCE IS KEY
I may sound like a broken record but SERIOUSLY, don’t give up. You’re going to run into a lot of let-downs but you CANNOT let that discourage you because everything happens for a reason. You may not of been hired at your ideal job but another job is most likely waiting for you to fall in love with it at any moment! Like my mom always says, (shout out to my badass mom and spa owner of Ooh Laa Spa) “Keep plugging away and put what you want out into the universe!”
4) ADJUST YOUR RESUME/COVER LETTER ACCORDINGLY
Self explanatory. You wouldn’t send the same resume to a restaurant employer that you sent to a doctors office. You wouldn’t send a cover letter that says, “I have experience with mixing cocktails and handling payments,” to a marketing job. Adjust your documents every time you send them out and make sure you put the company’s name in your cover letter to make it more personal. Employers look at hundreds of resumes/cover letters and when they see that you didn’t personalize it to them, have spelling errors, wrong information, etc. your resume goes in the trash. DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING!
5) SHOW A LITTLE PERSONALITY
Don’t go all Elle Woods and send in a bikini-clad introduction video but look for ways to make your work stand out. Find new, innovative ways to describe your skills - instead of “I am great at writing blogs,” say, “I have a passion for creating content for my company blog and marketing materials.” Read this article on power adjectives for your resume! This makes reading your documents more exciting and less of a BASIC snooze-fest.
I’m getting exhausted just thinking about it but I will leave you on this positive note:
You are capable of big things, bigger than you think. Remain positive, keep learning and never take no for an answer because you deserve the great things in life. We all do.
-The Blonde Boss xo