How I’d do Job Searches in 2022

Getting a job fresh out of college isn’t always easy especially if you graduate during a recession.

If you’re lucky, you had internships during your summers to help you gain connections, savings, skills, and experience.

The real benefit of college is figuring out:

  • what you like
  • what you’re good at
  • what pays

Sometimes you may need to make a career switch like I did once I figured out that I didn’t want to work in the field that I majored in. Luckily for me, one on my favorite courses and my internship helped me get a better idea of what I wanted to do. From there, I built on that enthusiasm by going to grad school for a related degree.

But once I got out, I still had to use my previous accomplishments and experiences to help get my foot in the door. I even used my work from helping non-profits and my connections to professional groups to strengthen my resume.

Now that I have some years under my belt in my current areas of interest, the job search is on again at a higher level. Here’s how I’d approach things this time:

  • tailored resumes for each of my four target job roles (this is a must, and helped me land my first job).
  • defined market salaries for each job role. this will help you quantify how much effort you should put into each job role. I’d also detailed my ideal compensation package (base salary, signing bonus, annual bonus, healthcare, retirement plans, vacation days, flexible hours, equity compensation, disability, pension, social security, and more).
  • tracking feedback for each job role. if the market is showing me that I’m more valued in one role and not so attractive in others, that’s something that I need to find out with solid numbers based on my conversion rates (positive responses per application).
  • paying attention the skills, certifications, and years of experience wanted for each job post. this helps me notice trends to see where I’m competitive and where there’s a gap in my resume compared to other candidates or the role requirements.

Keeping track of your results is key. If you try something 100 times or even 1,000 times and get no reaction, something is clearly very wrong with your approach.

One of my early insights was that my job applications on LinkedIn were going to a blackhole and getting nowhere. Once I switched platforms, I started getting responses, then interviews, and eventually got hired.

Don’t get tunnel-vision or “one-itis” when you’re applying to jobs. Keep an open-mind, be flexible, experiment with your approach and keep reaching out and learning. Don’t get fixated on one job role, one resume version, one company, one industry, or one job platform. It’ll kill your confidence, enthusiasm, and momentum if things don’t work out quickly and you don’t have other options to explore.

Although it could take you a few months to land your dream job, you’ll inevitably get closer and closer to your goal with this approach.

Remember, you only need one yes.

Ideally, you’ll get multiple offers at the same time that you can compare against each other and use to negotiate for your ideal situation.

Best of luck!

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