Jobs. . .
Sometimes you can't live with them, and you definitely can't live without them. But how do we navigate a vast job market to find something that truly fits us and what we enjoy?
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Step One is all about organization. Create a master document to track all of your job search notes/findings. This will keep you organized and proficient at searching. I have gone down the path of applying to countless jobs on Indeed. Trust me, after about the 71st job you apply to, it starts getting confusing. Lines get blurred, and you just keep hitting "apply" to anything that sounds relatively interesting.
Step Two is learning your job search engines. Getting your profile set up, uploading your resume, and being active on multiple sites will increase your footprint. It is important to learn how the search system works for each site you use, you want to make sure you are being as efficient as possible.
Here are my top 3 job search engines:
Step Three is about understanding job "requirements." Truth is, there are many job listings that use almost all the same requirements. This is to help the recruiter narrow down the amount of applicants. Unless it is regarding a license, you are usually safe to apply. Look under the "responsibilities" section, if you feel comfortable with the workload, go for it!
What I learned from job searching this week
Sometimes the results you want come from weird searches, or at least searches you did not expect. A trend I definitely have noticed is that there are many companies looking for people to do their social media marketing. I find this pretty cool, I love social media and see it as a continuously expanding field. Most of the Digital Media Marketing positions are also entry level, and open to people with less experience.
Here are the top 5 searches I used to produce my favorite positions this week:
I noticed that adding 'Assistant' produces loads of welcoming entry level positions. If you have not tried doing it before, I highly suggest it. You might get some results you have not seen before.
Let's find out what is out there!
We all remember being a kid, not sure if you wanted to be an astronaut or fireman, just like all the other kids. That is the thing, maybe you wanted to be that just because everyone else wanted to as well.
Have you actually opened yourself up to the possibilities of your future?
Lately I have had this on my mind a lot. Are you pursuing your passions, or just following the other fish? I believe it takes a skilled mind to understand if you are actually following something you truly desire.
As I get older, I question my thoughts more and more, wondering if I am making the best choices for my future. But how do you know if you are or not?
The answer is simple, you can't.
You can not understand what is necessarily best for your future because you do not know your future. However, what you can do is make sure you are actually interested in the field you are currently pursuing. Something that I have learned lately is that the job have now, most likely, will not be the job you have 20 years from now. Even if you feel passionate and love your job, it is likely that you will change companies, locations, or even job fields.
Understand what you are actually passionate about.
Stop letting friends, family, and society dictate how you live your life. It is your life and yours alone. Find what makes you happy, keeps you interested, and drives you to improve.
Here are some questions to ask yourself while considering your next career move
Sometimes we all get too caught up in making money that we forget what is important to us. Let's all take steps to find out what we enjoy doing and learn how to make that valuable!
Three things I discovered about myself from my previous jobs/projects
Last year, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in sales, then I wanted to go into advertising, then marketing. Long story short, I was not sure what I actually wanted to do. I was lost between what I wanted vs what everyone else wanted.
In the end, I figured between marketing, sales, and operations, marketing was the best choice for me. But I needed to dive further into the marketing field to see if I would actually be interested in it. The easiest way to do this, is build your professional network.
This week, I tried that on LinkedIn.
It was challenging, but I finally got feedback from people. I also gained more clarity on what people actually do day-to-day in marketing roles.
Here are the questions I chose to ask:
"What are your day-to-day duties?"
"Have you gotten ample opportunities to network yourself?"
"What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome while working in marketing?"
I feel like these are great base questions to ask anyone, especially if you are interested in pursuing a role in their job field.
What I have learned is marketing is less about creation, and more about numbers. Managing how some ads run and seeing how people interact with them.
Marketing definitely is not what I originally expected, I thought it was more about content creation and less about numbers. It could be just the person I interviewed, which is why I will continue to ask different people as I continue to network myself.
This is one of my favorite speeches! It has inspired me to follow my passions and live how I want to live. Watch it if you are interested in questioning your perspective.