“Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
That’s a saying almost anyone trying to find the best career for them has heard before. It could also be said that if you choose a profession that suits your personality, you will also be able to enjoy better job satisfaction and work-life balance too…
With so many applying for each and every vacancy, many job seekers are finding it difficult to stand out among the crowd.
What you may not realize, though, is that there are some easy (and not so easy) ways to differentiate yourself from 99% of all other candidates – and make the hiring manager sit up and say, “Wow!”
What is the one mistake way too many job hunters make as they head into a job interview?
They assume the interview process is a one-sided conversation. The most successful job seekers, however, aren’t just prepared to answer tricky questions…. they have some questions of their own up their sleeve…
In December 2012, a technical writing major graduated from the University of Idaho.
As she walked to receive her diploma, she felt two overlapping emotions: relief and panic. Relief that tests and grades were a thing of the past; panic that she now had the overwhelming task of finding a job with a liberal arts degree. That technical writer was me.
I’m going to let you in on a little job searching secret: The “years of experience” section of a job description is often a white lie. The job I got after graduating from college “required” 3 to 5 years of experience. (I had none.) The job I just got “required” 5+ years of experience. (How much experience do I actually have? 3 years.)
One of the often overlooked keys to searching for jobs is to not rely on the job description too heavily…
You’ve invested time and effort in years of education. You’ve gained some work experience, either per hour or via internships. And perhaps you’ve had a few sleepless nights thinking “what now??”
And now, with graduation and celebrations way behind you and summer almost over, it is time to step into the real world – and find your first real job….