Summer is just around the corner — and with it comes sunshine, t-shirts, festivals, and fun! But if you want to have a little spending cash, you need to start thinking about getting a summer job. Like, NOW.
While sending out applications isn’t exactly rocket science, a successful job hunt is so much more than making it rain resumes. It’s not like you have infinite amounts of time to devote to the search, so it’s important to have a game plan so every minute and every application counts!
If you’re ready to tackle your job hunt, definitely check out these steps so you can make the most of your efforts!
Have a plan
Not surprisingly, winging your job hunt lowers your chances of success. The goal is to land a job you love at a business that suits you – and to accomplish that, you’ll need to do some planning.
Knowing what type of job you’re looking for is number one. Applying for every job out there might increase your chances of getting interviews, but it also means you’ll get stuck interviewing for positions you’re not actually interested in. Make a list of the types of jobs you’re qualified for and the types of jobs you would enjoy. From there, you can create a list of jobs that suit you so you can focus your efforts.
On top of that, make sure you know where you’re flexible and where your limits are. For example, what’s the maximum you’re willing to commute every day? What is the minimum number of hours you need to work per week? Do you prefer working with well-known brand names or do you prefer a small mom and pop shop? Having these laid out will help guide you when applying for jobs, so you don’t waste your time submitting resumes to places that don’t fit your ideal job.
Create a killer resume
Now that you know the types of jobs you’re targeting, you can create a resume to match. Since you’ve honed in on a few ideal jobs, you can tailor your experience and skills to better represent your abilities in those roles, rather than trying to appeal to every job on the planet.
Ensure you proofread your resume carefully, and format it so it’s clear and easy to read. And don’t forget your contact information – how else will managers get ahold of you?
Apply, apply, apply!
It’s time to start the grind. The good news is, you don’t have to walk around town handing out resumes to every shop on the block. Searching up your target jobs is easier than ever, with countless job sites on the web.
That said, if you’re not having much luck, try exploring sites outside of Indeed and Craigslist. Niche job sites like HigherMe host specific types of jobs, so you can find more jobs that suit your vision rather than sifting through irrelevant posts. What a time saver!
Track your applications
This is one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make. When sending out a ton of resumes, it’s hard to keep track of which employers have replied, which ones haven’t, and who to follow up with.
This is as easy as setting up a spreadsheet and tracking the URL of the post, the date you applied, and tracking the status of each application (i.e. “No response” “Not selected” “Invited to Interview” etc.).
Get prepped for your interview
Getting a callback is super exciting, but preparing for your interview can be super nerve-wracking. If you’re a naturally jittery person when it comes to these types of situations, the best thing to do is do your research!
Look up your interviewer on Linkedin and get to know a bit about them. Research the business, and get to know their culture, expectations, and values. Explore their website and social media. And most importantly, review the original job posting – there’s nothing more embarrassing than not knowing about the job you applied for!
Be ready to follow up
You nailed the interview. Now comes the hard part: waiting. But you can still tip the scales in your favor.
Send your interviewer a thank-you email no more than 24 hours after you meet them. This lets them know that you’re still interested and that you’re looking forward to their decision. On top of that, you’ll stay top of mind. The worst thing you can be is forgettable!
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