Help For the Frustrated Job Seeker

By Kate Grove, PCA 

Last week we (@uncccareer) tweeted that we were in the search of a new topic for our latest blog. We got a lot of great responses from our followers, but our favorite was a request for help in the job search. A lot of times people who stop by our office are just plain frustrated at the lack of job opportunities they’ve found. Too often people rely on the internet and job search engines to find a job when in fact, nearly 70% of jobs are never publicized and are instead found by networking. “The thing to avoid is thinking that by sending out a ton of resumes, you’re looking for a job – you’re not!” (Steven Greenburg, Publisher of jobs4pointO.com) The job search is very much an active pursuit. If you ask me, sitting back and waiting for a job to find you is a less than effective strategy.

Before you begin your job search make sure you know yourself, know your market and know how you fit into the market! Get to know yourself by taking self-assessments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Strong Inventory. Learn about your strengths and your weaknesses. Then learn about your market. Research the field, industry or company you’d like a job with. And finally, apply what you’ve learned about yourself to what you’ve learned about the industry. How can your skills advance the industry’s goals? How can your strengths benefit the company? What makes you better than any other candidate? Why should they hire you?

Once you’ve answered all those questions you’re ready to start your search. There are two main ways you can go about your search. Some will work better for different industries than others. The first choice is the traditional job search. The traditional job search includes newspapers, online classified ads, mass mailing or emailing of your resume, private employment agencies, on-campus interviews, and job fairs or career expos. The good news about the traditional job search is that you’re applying for actual job openings and it requires less effort and time. But, remember, most job openings are never even publicized. Also, when you take the traditional approach you’ll face high competition because you’re doing exactly what everyone else does, waiting for jobs to be posted so you can apply. The other option is the non-traditional job search. This approach relies heavily on networking, referrals, informational interviewing, and target marketing. Although this approach requires more time and effort, it allows you to access the “hidden” job market (those 70% of jobs that never get advertised). The non-traditional approach to the job search is a more personalized approach as well, allowing you to choose your target market and have more control over your job search.

One of the most important things to remember about the job search is to STAY POSITIVE. It can be difficult and taxing to stay active in your job search. Avoid getting down on yourself and putting off the search. It may take time to find the perfect career for you, but you’re not alone in the search. Stay in touch with any possible networking contacts because you never know when one might pull through.  And feel free to stop by the University Career Center to develop your personal job search toolkit such as your resume, your interviewing techniques, and best of all, your networking capabilities, You might just have some fun with your job search!

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  1. As many job seekers are struggling with their job search. Wasting hours for searching online job posting sites and getting no where, applying to dozens of so-called positions and never even getting a courtesy call from the HR departments, getting excited about promising “we’re reviewing your resume” messages but never getting the chance to interview, or worse, getting the opportunity to interview but never getting the offer.
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