That was my last tip in the previous post, and it’s true.
Real-talk: I was working holiday retail with a master’s degree from a well-known university months after graduating. And I applied for every job I could. I never stopped trying.
“But applying for jobs is HARD!” I hear you say….
Yes, it is.
In fact, applying for jobs is a FULL-TIME JOB! (Cliche as it is, it’s true.)
Until I had slightly more solid employment I had the same routine:
- Wake up. Make coffee.
- Finish applications I didn’t get to the previous night and search job sites for new listings. (There weren’t usually a lot of new jobs listed in the mornings, I assume because HR people haven’t gotten in to post them yet.)
- Go to work/internship.
- Start looking through job listings on way home (via handy apps) and send self links that I can open and respond to on my laptop.
- Get home. Eat. Pop on a DVD or Netflix and finish going through my regular sites until I had every single job I qualified for in my queue.
- Apply for as many as I can before sleep takes over.
Really. That was my daily life. Weekends were grand because there weren’t usually new listings so I actually got to go outside and enjoy sunlight.
Everyone has a different method, but here are my favorite sites:
- Indeed: You should get the app. Login to save your searches, create alerts and have resumes on hand for instant applications.
- Craigslist: Not as great as Indeed for jobs, but I found a pretty groovy internship through it, so give it a try. Also has an app.
- MediaBistro: Great for media jobs. Great variety for the industry (art, photo, etc.).
- Journalism Jobs: Same. Good media jobs, mostly papers and broadcast.
- Idealist: Mostly non-profit, do-good jobs. Random communications jobs sneak their way in.
I also went directly to the source. When I was living in Los Angeles I was searching directly on the Disney Careers site and network sites (like CBS, NBC and Fox). A lot of sites will let you subscribe to a mailing list that will notify you when new listings come up.
Pro tip: Have multiple resumes and cover letters saved on your desktop. I had sets made up for a variety of jobs I was applying for. My production assistant resume was very different from my sustainability assistant resume. My general cover letters were reserved for jobs that didn’t require a cover letter, but accepted them. I always had a general template for different industries and inserted company names, position details and highlighted different qualifications as needed.
Don’t reinvent the wheel every time you apply for something. If you’re applying for 30+ positions a day, you just don’t have time for it. (But make sure you proofread. That’s essential.)
Yes, this all gets overwhelming and there will be times that you can’t believe you’re applying for some jobs (HOLIDAY RETAIL!), but if you need to make rent, you won’t question it. No job is below you because, like Drake, you can sing about how you started from the bottom one day.
*This is mostly helpful for media-centered jobs. Don’t ask me about teaching or science jobs. I’m out of my element with those.*