Let’s be real.
Job hunting sucks.
It’s stressful, anxiety-inducing, and makes you want to pull your hair out.
“Should I revise my resume?”
“Should I include a cover letter?”
“Am I even qualified for this job?”
All these questions and more likely plague your mind, as they did mine for years.
Whenever I job hunted in the past, I would apply to as many jobs as I possibly could. If it looked like it was somewhat close to what I was looking for just from the title, I would apply. I didn’t look into the description, the benefits, or the requirements.
This is a huge mistake. Why?
“I’m sorry, who are you again?”
Soon I was getting 3-5 calls a day for jobs I don’t remember applying. They would leave me voicemails about a follow-up call, and if I was lucky, they gave me a hint as to what company or position it was for.
I can’t tell you how embarrassing it is being on the phone with a potential employer and asking THEM to remind me about the position and what company it was for. Talk about leaving a bad first impression.
If I was actually hired for the job, what if I hated it?
In this article, I want to lay out the reasons why you never want to batch and blast your email across the world.
#1 What if the job really isn’t a good fit?
If you are job hunting, it’s not enough to want something else just to get out of your current job. You should have more confidence in yourself than that! If you are truly in a bad way with your current job, you must dig a little deeper to ensure that your next job is nothing like your current job. Rather than trying to find a quick replacement, look for the key things in your next job that your current job doesn’t offer.
Are the benefits better? Do they offer flexibility in your work hours (work/life balance)? Is there paid time off policy more reasonable?
Make a list of the things you dislike at your current job so you can make a mental note to raise any red flags when you are talking with potential employers.
If you truly believe that the job listing describes your previous experience and current skill accurately, then it makes it that much easier to tailor your resume and speak to them with confidence that you are the right person for the job.
#2 Make a good first impression by knowing your stuff.
The best way to make a good first impression in a preliminary phone call, email, or phone interview, is to know your stuff. Read the job description and posting thoroughly. Who is the company? How long have they been in business? What is their main product or service? What is the industry and audience they serve? What is their current business challenge?
After reviewing, consider what skills you have that would benefit the company. This will help prepare you so you aren’t caught off guard from an unexpected phone call. Not only will you feel confident going into your first interview, but it will give you a better idea of whether you actually want to work for the company or not.
#3 Tailor your resume and cover letter for the job which you’re applying.
You have to be careful with this one. You should never straight up lie on your resume or cover letter. Read the job description carefully and consider what skills they are seeking. If you have those skills, then you will want to highlight them above other skills you have.
For instance, if you have strong negotiating skills and they are looking for someone in business development, move your negotiating skills to the top of the list and give examples in previous positions where you successfully demonstrated that skill.
I want to hear your experience! Have you done this? Let me know in the comments below what your approach has been to job hunting.
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