January 26, 2016

10 Things No One Tells You About Finding A Job

How’s the job search going? It’s never as easy as you think it’s going to be. When you’re heading into the job search, it’s time to buckle down and get ready for a rough and rocky road. The job search is going to be tough. You’re going to be stressed and frustrated, but you still have to remain positive. It won’t be easy, but motivation and determination are mandatory if you want to land a job.

Girl Searching For Job With Classifieds Picture

8 Harsh Truths About The Job Search

The job search process seems simple, but it’s actually quite complex. There’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes and it’s going to lead to some important job search questions for you.

Read up on the JobMonkey blog about the job search. You’ll find out a lot of information that will keep your job search on track, but also realize that there are some things no one tells you about finding a job. We’re here to let you in on a few of the secrets that we’ve learned the hard way.

Here are 10 things no one tells you about finding a job:

  1. Always Follow The Job Application’s Directions – Often the first test of the job search is to see if you can follow directions. When you find a job listing that intrigues you read it through twice. Be sure to follow the directions on how to apply. Always meet the deadlines and supply the right information.
  2. You Need More Than A Cover Letter And Resume – When people think about the job search, the first thing that comes to mind is resume and cover letter. Well there’s a lot more to the modern job search that just that. Web presence, networks, and more are critical components for a successful job search. Read this post to brush up on what you’re missing: What’s Missing From Your Job Search?
  3. Spend More Time Researching – The more you research the more you know. The more you know, the better your chances of finding a job. Spend your time researching companies, job listings, salaries, recruiters, and industries. It will pay off.
  4. A Positive Web Presence Is A Necessity – One of the fastest ways to become unemployable is to have your social media littered with embarrassing images and inappropriate comments. Clean up your online presence. Google yourself and see what comes up. Everything you do is online, remember that.
  5. You Won’t Find A Job If You Don’t Apply – No one is going to magically email you and offer you a job. You have to go through the job search process and actually apply for a job if you want to even have a chance of being hired.
  6. No Job Is Perfect – Don’t hold out for the perfect job. It doesn’t exist. Instead find a job that you are qualified for in a niche that you enjoy. You can work your way up the ladder or make a career move as opportunities present themselves.
  7. Don’t Just Apply To Apply – Don’t apply to every job on the job board or every job in a company just because you want a job. It looks bad and can actually scar your reputation because you’ll seem desperate. Only apply for jobs that you truly want to pursue.
  8. Expect To Start At The Bottom – No one starts at the top. You have to earn that position. If you’re holding out for a six figure salary, but you don’t have the experience or skill set, you need to prepare to start at the bottom. Get your foot in the door and work your way up.
  9. Recruiters May Only Spend 6 Seconds Looking At Your Resume – Even if you spend weeks creating the perfect resume, a recruiter may only give it a quick glance before making a decision on your employability.
  10. You Won’t Find A Job By Just Using The Internet – It’s easy to hide behind laptops and smartphones, but finding a job is all about who you know and what you can do. Get out and meet people and show them that you are a real person.

These may not be the things that you want to hear as a job seeker, but it’s the truth. Stay focused, productive, and motivated and you’ll find a job. JobMonkey is here to help you find your dream job. Do your research on JobMonkey.com and start your job search on the JobMonkey JobCenter.

Be realistic in your job search and you will be successful.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

Sign up for our newsletter!