Surviving the Job Search

Hey Tint Fam, today’s blog post is from Team LT’s Pooja, who is talking all about strategies for job searching! Keep reading to find out what she has to say…

You wake up with your heart pounding. There’s this niggling feeling of worry and dread that has been playing in your subconscious. There’s something you need to do, that you’d really rather not. It’s Saturday, and you’d normally be “walkin’ on sunshine, oh, oh”, but you have to apply for jobs, and ALL of that work you’ve put in the last several weeks, in endless applications, haven’t yielded a result. You know you need to try something different. What’s next?

This blog post is the first in a series titled ‘Surviving the Job Search’. In this series, we share strategies for an effective job search, to lead you towards landing that job!

Before you even expend the effort in applying to jobs, there are a few things to consider:

  • What is the most effective channel for you to go job hunting?

  • Depending on your industry, you may need to pursue one specific, or multiple avenues to find the appropriate job postings. This can be any combination of:

    • General job search websites (ex: LinkedIn Jobs, Glassdoor, Zip Recruiter, etc.)
    • Niche / Industry job search websites (ex: MEOJobs for Media/Communications, Dice for Tech, USA Jobs for Government, etc.) Here’s a MUSE article with more suggestions of niche job search websites:
    • Networking (virtual and in-person) - pro tip: always communicate and offer something BEFORE you have to ask for something!
    • General or niche / industry specific employment agencies (whenever possible, go with the niche / industry specialists for the job you want)

  • Are you willing to or interested in moving?

  • The larger and more urban your search radius, the easier it will be to find the types of jobs you may want. The distance does however provide a complication or two - will your address entry in your resume / job application rule you out from the eligible candidates, and will this company allow for virtual interviewing or paid travel for interviews? Also, would the company compensate you for the move? How much of a financial investment are you willing / able to make to relocate?

  • How long are you willing to wait?

  • The more specific you are about the type of job you want, the tougher it may be to land. Think about placing jobs you would apply for in tiers, and applying deadlines to each tier. 

    • Tier 1: Dream jobs, the unicorn role for that unicorn company (ahem, Live Tinted perhaps?). Be prepared to give this tier the most time and patience.
    • Tier 2: Great jobs, but less than perfect (ex: the exact role you want at a company you may not have thought of or a more junior role at the company you’ve always dreamed of working for, or a solid opportunity that gives you much more than you have today - more money, higher title, greater challenges, future potential). This tier will also take some time and patience, but should be less than tier 1.
    • Tier 3: The job that will take you one step forward (this may not be a giant leap, but it’s a positive step forward, and a way out - be VERY careful with this tier, because it’s not advisable to jump to this as an escape. More on this in a future post!). This should be a relatively small stretch!

    Consider applying to Tiers 1 and 2 simultaneously, and give them as long as you have strictly allocated, before you move on to Tier 3. This is why it’s always advisable to start planning well before you HAVE to find a new job! 

    Aside from these considerations, perhaps the biggest consideration is: are you ready to begin applying for your desired job?

    • Are you educationally and experientially equipped for your next role?
    • Do you have your resume and the crux of your cover letter ready (you know the drill, future post :) )
    • Are you building the appropriate contacts?
    • Have you explored growth opportunities where you are already?

    In the next post, we’ll talk about tackling the beast (i.e., a kickass resume, that will help you stand out)! Stay tuned, Tint Fam! And let me know your thoughts on job searches! xo Pooja

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