11 things No One Tells You About Applying For Jobs
1. Leave yourself plenty of time to fill out applications
There are many jobs that require you to submit a resume, but there are also plenty of jobs that want you to fill out an application. The application process can sometimes take longer than you think. A lot of online applications, even include a personality test.
2. Don't stress if there is a personality test
The reason places require you to take a personality test is because they want to make sure you are the right fit for their company. Stressing out about taking a personality test will only cause you discomfort. Be yourself.
3. Give yourself time to find a job you actually want to apply for
There are circumstances where you might need a job right away, but if possible, try to find a job you really want and know you are going to like. People spend a lot of time at their place of work. Find a job that you like
4. Try to turn in your application in person
If it is possible, try to turn your application in to the hiring manager in person. It is good for the hiring manager to be able to pick you out of a handful of applications and match a face with the name
5. Follow up!
Don't just wait around for them to call you. Follow up! Follow up! Follow up! More than likely a lot of people probably applied for the same position you did. Follow up and make it known you are committed.
6. Practice interviewing with a friend
Sometimes interviews can be nerve racking, especially if you really want the job. A good way to get your nerves to relax is by practicing interviewing with a friend beforehand.
7. Dress to impress
You only get one chance at a first impression. Wear something that makes you feel confident and powerful!
8. Know what the company you are applying at is looking for
Be prepared. Know what the company is looking for in an applicant. A lot of times companies will list desired qualities on their job posting. Knowing what they are looking for will help you to know what you should talk about during the interview.
9. It’s ok to use your connections
Networking is a huge part of the job search process. Meeting new people and forming connections with people can help you to meet the right people and get your foot in the door at a job you are really wanting.
10. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Even when you’re looking for your dream job, it’s a good idea to apply at multiple places. Even if the job is a backup for the one you really want, it’s a good idea to have options, just in case.
11. Know that you probably won’t get every job you apply for
More than likely, there are many other people applying for the same position as you and you might not get the job. This is ok, it happens! There are many other jobs and the one that’s the right fit for you will come.