As promised, here are some more tips for job seekers. If you want to check out part one of our list of tips, you can find it here.
- One of the most important things you can do is to practice interviewing. This can be tricky to do, and so most advice you’ll find online has to do with targeting your search, tailoring your resume, and writing a really great cover letter. However, none of that will do you much good if you don’t interview well. So, like anything else you want to get good at, you’ll need to practice. WIL offers mock interviews to some of our clients, so you can come see us for help. If you can’t, though, you can practice maybe in a mirror, or with someone you trust. Ideally, it’d be someone with hiring experience, who can give you useful feedback, but any bit of practice helps.
- Consider yourself always on duty, so to speak. When you’re looking for work, it can be helpful to think of that as your job, and try to be professional wherever you are. For one thing, while you’re volunteering, or getting together with friends, you might encounter a potential employer. You could encounter potential employers in a coffee shop, at the grocery store, or on public transit. That person you were rude to on the road may be sitting across from you in the interview days later. Conduct yourself accordingly.
- Try not to settle. We know that you have responsibilities: rent or mortgage payments, food and clothing, and transportation, but the first job you get may not be the best job for you. Consider any offer: not just salary considerations, but schedule and commute. And if you’ve found a “survival job”, keep looking. Something better may be right around the corner (see the next post). You spend a lot of time at work. Do what you can to make sure it’s the right work.
- Keep trying. You may not succeed right away, and it’s easy to get discouraged. But the next resume might be the one that gets you your dream job. The next information interview might open a whole new and previously unconsidered field for you. Stay positive. Don’t let disappointment become anger.
- And finally, get help. You can’t do this alone, and you don’t need to. People want other people to succeed, and are usually willing to lend a hand. Lean a little on your own network for support (a ride, or help watching your children, a reference), and make sure you get professional help. WIL is only one agency in a network of employment services throughout the region. There is employment help in most communities, and you’ll never be far from an employment counsellor. There are also organisations that offer help remotely, if you can’t make it into an office (we offer interviews and other support via Skype). There are services available. Use them.
Good luck! Have a look around the rest of the site and see what help WIL can offer you in your job search.