As I blogged a few days ago, about finally getting a job.
There have been a lot of times when I got more doors closed in front of my face, than I thought that there were in the world. It almost felt like nothing was going to happen, in a positive direction for me.
With everything that I’ve learned and with all of the experiences that I’ve had, it would not be fair of me to hold all of that information to myself. That’s one of the things that knowledge is for. It’s not always meant to be kept to oneself, but at the right times to be shared. So, I have made a mental list of some of the things that I’ve learned.
Now, I am going to try my best to keep it short and sweet.
~Getting a job should be considered a job. I read this in a book called, “Seven steps to getting a job fast” written by Michael J. Farr. In this book, he tells the readers to consider the job hunt itself, a job. And I found that to be a real true statement. Before I read that, I would jokingly say that to my Mom and friends. However, that joke that I would repeatedly say, became an honest way to look at the job search experience. Each time you get up and get ready, print your resumes and head out to look for work, you are suiting up for battle. Unfortunately, if you are not out there, you won’t fully get that. Job hunting is a challenge to say the least, and you will face rejection. Disheartening rejection. You will second guess yourself and you will ask yourself questions. Things like, “Is there a job out there for me?” and “When will someone call me?” There will be times when you will see people out there getting multiple jobs and then you might yourself, “What’s wrong with me?” Now, I won’t lie to you. That will get frustrating. But, the point that you’ve got to remember and believe in, is that the same miracles that happened for them, will happen for you. It just might take a while. Every time you get dressed and walk out of your place, go out with the mindset that you’re going to work. And if you don’t get a job that day, regard it as a ‘tough day at the office’ and suit up again for the next time.
~Read, Read, Read.
One of the main things that I did, was visit the Library often. Reading books on resumes, job hunting and preparing yourself for work was crucial to the job search for me. I just felt that I had to get different perspectives. Even though I know that your own experiences are not going to be exactly like the ones that you will read about. But, it never hurts to read about the opinions and experiences of others. It just might help you to take a closer look at the methods that you’re utilizing. I mean, if you’re like me, you had ideas of what you wanted to do. But, you were unsure about how to go about getting it. I was picky in the beginning. There were a list of things that I wanted to do and a list of things that I didn’t want to do. And I basically refused to budge on that list. But, then reality set in. And I had to budge. I had to get myself together and I had to realize that pride had to take a backseat and that I just needed a job. And I had to study harder and I had to learn more. Reading helped me to figure out that I had to completely re-focus myself. At the time, it was about getting the job and getting it right.
~Dress the part.
Based upon the job that you’re looking for, it might be a good idea to look at what they are wearing to figure out the attire that you should be wearing, when going to apply. For instance, when going to apply at a fast food restaurant, it might be a good idea to wear something simple. Like a pair of neutral pants and a blouse, in a color that’s not to bright. Maybe a black pant and a white blouse. Now, I know that doesn’t sound very exciting. But, this is one of those cases when being too fashionable, might be a little much. Keeping it basic and not overdoing it, will serve you in the long run. If you are looking for work in a fashion setting, then showing them a sophisticated version of your style, could help you seal the deal. So, regardless of where you’re applying for work, you need to get a good idea of their style. Here’s one way that I took to doing it. After figuring out where I wanted to go and apply for work, I would look at what people who were employed there would be wearing. Then, I figured a simplified, but yet agreeable version of that attire would be appropriate. So, sometimes it’s best to do your own research.
One thing that I found key, is organization. A few years ago, My cousin and I would go job hunting together. I’d watch the way that she organized her work and how she researched the places where she was applying. I’d never thought of that before. I mean, I love to make a list and I love making sure that things are organized and running efficiently. But, it never dawned in on me to carry a binder with all of my information with me. So, from that point on, I never went job hunting without it. So, I am passing along this advice to you. Look into researching the companies that you want to work for. If you are a frequent visitor at this location, check things out. Look at the people that work there and the services that they provide. Read about it, Google or Bing it and find out as much as you can about it. Employers will be impressed if you take the time to get to know more about their history
The challenges of looking for work is going to take strength and determination. You’ve got to keep at it. Trust me, you just keep praying and knocking on doors. And one day, the right door will open. It will help restore your faith in patience and yourself. It may seem impossible at first, But trust me. The search for work won’t last always. There will be a job that will come -a-calling.
There are a lot of things that I’ve learned and I will definitely share those things with you. I hope that what I’ve shared so far, will help you on your job search. Good luck to all of you and I wish you all the best!!!