I’m only freelancing right now and looking for permanent full-time work (my forever job.) This isn’t the first time I’ve been trolling the web and newspapers for job ads, for companies I’d like to work for, and such. I like to think I’m pretty clever at looking for work (at least as clever as you can be without actually getting the perfect job.) And so, I’ve compiled a list of things I’ve learned.
- If you turn down work harvesting fruit or Christmas trees, they’ll ship in Mexican workers to do it.
- Spell check is essential. Don’t do like I did and send your cover letter and resume to Human Resources Devision. Needless to say, I received NO calls on that one.
- Everyone will have an idea of where you ought to work. Yet they don’t work there. Hmmm… not that great a recommendation, is it?
- If you hang out on the streets of Halifax too much, you’ll be called a no-good batard.
- Service Canada likes to get its reports on time or you don’t get paid. Makes sense.
- If you cut and paste your cover letters, make sure you erase all the information you entered for your previous application. Don’t send your cover letter for Dairy Queen to Wendy’s. Just saying.
- Bullet points make cover letters easier to write and read.
- Don’t get your phone number wrong. Makes it hard for them to call and book an interview.
- If you go back to school to get essential skills, you won’t find jobs needing those attributes when you’re finally free to work.
- Don’t use webcams. People will see you’re still in your jammies at 2 in the afternoon.
- People want your labour when you’re off, meaning it’s hard to hunt for a job because you’re out doing things.
- A lot of people don’t want graduate students. Just because we went to school forever to prolong the job search. Sheesh. We’re a good bet… after all, we commit to hard work. And we have all those student loans to pay off!
- Keep an Excel file of all the jobs you’ve applied for. It shows you are trying. And failing miserably.
- Blogging and Twittering are totally legit skills. Trust me.
So, take these lessons I’ve learned, put them under your wing. May you have better luck than me.
The important thing to remember, no matter how many jobs you don’t get, you’re worthy of the best job in the world. And you’ll get it someday.