September 11, 2011

7 Things I Learned During My Job Search

The job search has been tough for everyone recently. During mine, I picked up a few nuggets of knowledge that I thought I'd share with you:

1. It's who you know. Your resume could be spectacular but companies prefer a personal recommendation from within the company. Get out and network! is a great source.

2. Create your own job. You need to make yourself a vauluable asset to a company. If they aren't willing to hire you right now, then freelance to gain experience and show your skill set. Many people are freelancing including myself.

3. Make sure all your online profiles are in sync. The first thing a company will do is conduct an online search about you. See what's out there and make sure it conveys the message you want (i.e. delete unprofessional Facebook photos).

4. Learn a skill. Most will only take you a weekend if you put your head down and do the work. It's great to have general knowledge about a topic, but even better to be really great at one particular thing. Read all the books or online information that you can about that topic. Make yourself an expert.

5. Find creative outlets to reach the company. Emailing a resume blindly will most likely get lost among the shuffle. Tweet them, go to an event where they are speaking and introduce yourself. Get your name in their memory so that they seek you out.

6. Stay positive. I know this is the hardest one of all. All the rejection may start to affect you but you have to believe in yourself and the value you would bring to the company.

7. Be passionate. If you aren't pursuing your passion, you are going to run out of steam. It may be cliche but it's true "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life."

What else can you add?

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  1. Great advice! Especially #7 - challenging, but so true.

  2. Great advice...7 is the hardest. I love fashion and organizing things. What can I possibly do with that and make money at the same time?

  3. Great tips, esp #4 - most people dont think about that!

  4. i'm job hunting right now, so thanks for the advice!

  5. I've been on the job hunt for a while now and it's definitely not fun. Thanks for these tips!

  6. this is such a great great. never lose hope when companies turn you down. stay positive!

  7. This is great advice... especially pertinent since I'll be job-hunting soon!


  8. What a fabulous post, Kimberlee! It was so great to meet you at IFBCon last week - what a great day! Im loving your blog - fantastic!

    I've added you to my BlogLovin list!


  9. @Patti- Passion isn't a problem for me, staying positive is :/

    @downtownchicagobarbie- A lot of things, like #2. Maybe be a professional organizer? Stylist?

    @Katie- Yes, I had lunch with some startups and they really drove that point home

    @fashionistalab- OH NO! Good luck :)

    @Sherin- Aw I feel ya :(

    @Sell WoW Accounts- Thanks!

    @Leia- Oh no - best of luck!

    @Annie- Aw thanks Annie! I'll be following :)


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