The job search for me, as for many other people, has been very difficult thus far; thankfully I still have my current job as a hostess, but finding a new full-time job that pays more and provides benefits has become very difficult. It has been almost impossible to find anything at this point.
Now, if you are like me and looking for a job, I must warn you about sites like Monster, Craigslist, and Career Builder. Here are some facts and tips when it comes to job searches:
- When searching for jobs with particular titles or keywords, be wary of the fact that you will most likely stumble upon recruiters and not actual corporations. Do not be discouraged though! Keep looking everyday!
- When searching in the Marketing field, you will most likely find open positions at firms who are just starting out; these firms will also more than likely require you to drive/walk from business to business or door to door and try to sell a product from a bigger company. Always Google/Yelp! companies that you are unsure about. I’ve found many companies have terrible reviews and often times are scams.
- Update your resume!
- Always check and see how often a company posts for positions hiring. If a single company posts multiple times per day or per week, often that is an indicator of high turnover.
- If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, get one! There are many different connections via LinkedIn and it can be very helpful.
- Try to start polishing up your Facebook/Twitter/other social media outlets; many companies do look up your profiles and will judge your character from what you post. Make your settings extremely private to outsiders if possible.
- Look to your own connections for job opportunities; I never realized how many people I knew who could help me. Send your resume to everyone you know who can give it to a hiring manager!
- Don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back from positions you applied for; chances are your application is buried under hundreds of others, it takes a while for companies to sift through them all.
- All in all, don’t stress out too much!
There are opportunities out there, it just takes time to land the right job. Stay patient and keep your chin up!