by Rhonda Johnson
Becoming an adult is exciting, but it can also be challenging when you think of all that it encompasses! One big challenge for young adults is finding a job. It’s a task that can seem overwhelming. Here are my top 10 tips to help you get you the job you want:
#1 – Get organized.
Get a folder, and write down all job search details. Keep track of where you applied, how you applied, the date, who you talked to, and any other important information. This will help when following up.
#2 – Know yourself.
It is important to evaluate your likes and dislikes, and find a job in an industry that you will enjoy. There are many online assessments that you can take. Check out CareerOneStop to explore jobs that match your interests. This will also help you target your job search, which is an important piece of the job search process.
#3 – Create a resume!
A resume is your professional, personal ad. This is what an employer looks at to decide if they want to give you an interview. It is a way to stand out from the competition, which is extremely important for young adults. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t had a formal job, you can include things like babysitting, yard work, volunteerism, and more. Use a resume builder to help you with wording and format. Try using Career Coach on the Mesa County Workforce Center’s website.
#4 – Make a job search plan.
Learn different ways to find jobs. Some examples are job boards like Indeed or Connecting Colorado. Another way to find jobs is by making a list of places that are close to your house or a list of businesses that are in the industry you are interested in. For more tips on how to find jobs, visit an Employment Specialist at your local Workforce Center. They will help you develop a customized plan.
#5 – Utilize social media.
Post on your Facebook account that you are looking for a job as a dog groomer, a receptionist, a construction corker, or whatever it is you have targeted. Your social media connections are much more inclined to give you referrals if you use correct grammar and spelling and if you have a specific job you are looking for. In addition, get savvy with LinkedIn. It is a powerful professional social media site. Check out www.gcflearnfree.org for free online LinkedIn training.
#6 – Take action!
Make goals that are reasonable and attainable. During your job search time, eliminate distractions. Focus on finding, applying, and following up. There are several ways to apply for jobs, it depends on the preferences of the employer. Some will have you apply in person, some online, some via email. Keep track of what you get done; this will help you with momentum, and it will also help you accomplish you job search goals.
#7 – Know the job search etiquette rules!
Etiquette is a code of polite behavior. Know etiquette rules when it comes to finding a job. Make EVERY job connection count. Some examples: Writing legibly, being honest on an application, being polite and professional in an email, using correct grammar and spelling on your resume, appearing in person in business casual, shaking hands, making eye contact, being on time, doing what you say you are going to do, and sending a thank you card after an interview. For more examples, Google “Job Search Etiquette”.
#8 – Know how to tap into resources.
Mesa County has some amazing resources. If you have challenges that you are struggling with, tap into community resources to help you with them. One great starting point is your local Workforce Center. Another resource to help you find community resources is Mesa County 211. Dial 211 from any phone, and a knowledgeable staff person will help you find a resource in our area that can best assist you.
#9 – Understand the time commitment.
Finding a job takes time, so you need to put the time in. A job won’t knock on your door. Plan for the time to really focus (that means staying off your phone) and stick to the goals you made in tip #6. You will get out what you put in.
#10 – Keep your head in a good place.
Keep your chin up and stay positive! Take time for yourself to stay healthy. One way to stay in a good place is to keep a gratitude journal. A job seeker that is in a healthy, positive place will come across to employers as a great possible addition to the team. A job seeker that is in a negative, unhealthy place will put that vibe out to potential employers, and they are much less likely to land the job they are wanting.
For more information on this topic, visit an Employment Specialist at the Mesa County Workforce Center. We take walk-ins Monday – Friday, from 8 am – 4 pm. We would love to help!
Rhonda Johnson is an Employment Specialist with the Mesa County Workforce Center. She has over 10 years’ experience in coaching job seekers. Rhonda has successfully helped hundreds of people with job searching, resume building, and interviewing.