I've been hearing a lot lately from people who don't have the type of job they want. They're either employed and just feel like they're not at the right job or they're unemployed and want to get back into the working world. It's easy to just apply for a few jobs and hope for the best, but there are several other things you can do to help yourself get the job you really want.
Pump up your skills
Whatever you're already skilled at, make it even better. Take classes, learn more computer programs or learn to do different versions of the skills you already know. It helps keep your skills fresh and you might be able to appeal to more employers if they see that you not only already know the basics, but that you're still willing to educate yourself.
Ask for advice
If you're not sure what you're doing wrong, ask someone who knows you on a personal level. There might only be one small change you need to make in order to get the attention of employers. You can also hand one or two friends your resume and ask them to look it over to see if they recommend any changes.
Make business cards
In order for you to give your number or email to someone who you're networking with when you don't have a business card, you have to make this person wait while you either write it down or ask them to put it in their phone. It may only take a few minutes, but it can be a hassle for someone who's incredibly busy. Make up some business cards even if they're simple. It can help you give out your contact info much more quickly to those who are in a rush and don't have time to wait around.
Be realistic about what you currently deserve
One problem many have is that they overestimate what they currently deserve whether it's regarding a job position or salary. I'm not saying to sell yourself short, but be realistic about what you currently deserve regarding both. This prevents you from passing over jobs that could be really good for you simply because you think that, at the moment, you deserve a lot more. When you build up more experience in the field, then you can start asking for more money and a better job position.
Do your research
Whatever industry you're applying for jobs in, do your research even if you think you've already done enough. You can never do too much. Research the companies you want to work for, read books and magazines, watch documentaries - anything that can help you learn more.
Think outside the box
Most can say the type of industry they want to work in and a majority of those people can probably name the specific job they want. There's nothing wrong with going after the job you want, but that doesn't mean you can't do something with your love of that industry in the meantime. It may not be exactly what you want, but at least it can help you bring in extra income and you may even find a different direction in the process. For example, if you want to be a clothing designer, you probably make clothes at home and have a ton of fabric scraps leftover. Make something out of the fabric scraps, even if it's a tote bag, and try to sell them online. It'll bring you extra cash and experience.
Finding a job in almost any industry is difficult, especially nowadays, but don't give up hope. There are so many ways to make yourself look better than you already are and land the job you really want. Keep moving forward, but be patient and cut yourself some slack. With some effort and perseverance, you'll be able to get the job you want sooner than later.
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