After the recession hit and jobs were hard to find, I became a job-hunting robot. If I found a job and I met the minimum qualifications, I immediately applied. With the advancements in technology, I was able to use the apps on my phone to apply for jobs. That’s how easy it was. I didn’t have to get out of bed, take a shower, get dressed or drive to an office to get an application. Nope, it was all in the palm of my hand. I could open the app at any time of the day and I could just apply using a few buttons. All those rejection emails that said, “Thank you for taking the time to apply with us. Unfortunately, you have not been selected to move forward in the selection process,” turned me into a job hunt addict.
I began applying for anything, Cashier, Clerk, etc. All these jobs were below my own skill-set level and obviously nothing near the pay I wanted. But, I finally got the emails for interviews, “Thank you for applying. You have been selected to come interview with us,” I felt happier deep down. Yes! I got an interview. Then, it became repetitive. I wasn’t getting anywhere with it but holding myself back from bigger, better opportunities.
I saw how others in some group interviews dressed: in jeans, sandals, and a simple shirt. They didn’t even try to dress professionally. I assumed this was some sort of a new trend but it didn’t make it right. This lit up that light bulb inside my head. Maybe I am not applying to the right jobs. Yeah, I am qualified but technically I could get a better job, with better pay, and more hours.
In a recession, it was difficult to find a job at all without knowing the right person or having a lot of experience. You couldn’t get a job without experience if you didn’t know the right person. To top it off, no employer out there was willing to hire someone they had to “train.” So how was I supposed to get experience without actually being offered a job to gain it? That was the famous question during the recession.
Eventually, I taught myself to not button mash on those job apps anymore. I took some time to rethink my strategies.
-I had a career specialist at my school look at my resume. She gave me great suggestions on action verbs to list, skills, education, and it worked. I fixed my resume so they showed relevancy to educational positions I wanted.
– I took my resume down from job board sites – all I got were offers for sales jobs, I hate sales. That is when I started getting interviews for the right jobs, the jobs I wanted and paid me what I wanted.
– I got serious in my interviews. I was straightforward with managers and prepared myself with questions to follow up with at the end of the interview. Some managers were not expecting me to actually ask questions, and if they didn’t know how to answer, I simply shook their hand and didn’t look back.
The best jobs are the one’s that don’t announce themselves to the world. They are somewhat hidden but not impossible to find.