4 steps guide for finding a job in 2020
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Deciding what to do with your life is not easy - believe me I know - but let’s assume that you already figured out what your dream job is (or you just need something that will pay your bills).
Now comes the hardest part… Convincing someone that you are the person for the job!
As if this wasn't hard enough, 2020 decided to make it extra challenging by sending us a global pandemic. THANK YOU
With sooo much unemployment, the process of getting a job - any job - has become super competitive. So you have to do it right.
Maybe it has been a long while since you’ve looked for a job, or is your first time ever, and you don’t really know where to begin, well then keep reading these 4 things that you HAVE to do if you wish to get hired.
1. Google Yourself
Most employers will definitely google your name before hiring you, just type your name on google and see what it comes up. If it’s a picture of you chugging beer from the tap, you might wanna remove that (or put it private).
2. Make sure your CV is up to date
Your CV is your main selling card when it comes to applying for jobs, needless to say, an up to date CV is essential. Check if your personal information is updated (like your email, phone number etc…) and that you have a current - and super professional picture.
If your CV needs some fixing, check out my article on How to create the perfect resume
It is super important that you update other hiring platforms too, like LinkedIn (the Facebook for job seekers), which should match the info on your CV. If you’re good with a camera, you might wanna create a video resume too.
These are not the only documents you will need to apply for jobs, most companies ask for a Cover Letter (also called motivational letter), which needs to be tailored to each different job application.
3. Start Looking
Ok, now that you’ve created the perfect CV, it’s time to get out there! (or better sit in front of your computer…)
There are so many ways to send your application to a company, but generally most job seekers rely on the internet. Depending on your work sector, you may use different tools and website, however here are the most common one (and the ones I like the most):
4. Apply - focus on quality not quantity
Now you're looking around one of the websites I've mentioned before and you see a job you might be interested in… what now?
Before clicking on the APPLY button, you need to prepare a cover letter if you wanna stand out from the hundreds of applications they probably receive per day.
It is SUPER important - and I can’t stress this enough - that you create one cover letter for each job you apply to. Read through the job requirements in the job posting and after insert those requirements in your cover letter as your qualities. In other words, you need to personalize your cover letter to each employer’s needs, for example:
If you are applying for a job as a Bartender and one of the requirements is to have great communication skills, in your cover letter you will write something like “During my last work experience at (company name), I developed my communication skills since I was dealing with clients requests on a daily basis”
To summarize - QUALITY IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN QUANTITY : one of the worst mistakes you can do is to send out a cover letter which could apply to any job, without any personalization to the employer.
Once you’ve done everything I explained above - you are ready to apply!! Yey!
If you did everything in this guide, you are probably gonna be at TOP candidate, however it’s a tough world out there, and sometimes you can be the most experienced and most perfect person for the job but still not receive an answer, if this is the case, don’t give up immediately and keep applying.
I hope you found this article interesting, check out my blog for more career advice :)