Whether you’re old or young, job-hunting is very stressful and challenging. and many people give up good paying jobs in favor of jobs that are easy to come by but pay less. Why settle for less? Here are some tips on how you can turn your job hunting strategies into a job that pays well and is more satisfying.
1. Don’t settle for less. Aim for jobs that pay well and is satisfying. This means looking at the help wanted section in a critical way and steering clear of fast-food jobs and other temporary employment. Search for jobs in government or in professional positions where the entrance criteria is a little bit more discerning and challenging.
If you are still in high school, you may want to continue with the basics, such as concentrating on math and sciences. One day you might find yourself writing a government entrance test that involves math and problem-solving skills. If your math skills aren’t so good, don’t worry. Check out your local school board which may have continuing education courses to hone your math or writing skills.
I personally found myself in this situation where I wrote a government test, and got stumped on some of the math questions. Soon, I enrolled in a math course and passed a job exam where some math was involved.
2. Be enthusiastic and dress for success. Don’t show up for a job interview in jeans and a t-shirt. It may mean borrowing or buying a business jacket and suit or skirt. Ditch those high heels for basic flats. Although suits are uncomfortable, remember you are only dressing up to impress, and you won’t need to dress up depending on the job you apply for.
When I worked for a technology based and relatively good paying company, everybody dressed casually and jeans and t-shirt were the norm.
Spend quality time on job search. I personally spent a few hours a day sending out resumes and searching out good jobs. Although some job experts state that looking for a job is a full-time job, I feel that this pace is a bit too psychologically tiring and stressful.
I would get up in the morning, enjoying a healthy breakfast and coffee. Afterwards, I spent time in a job club where I applied for a few online jobs, specifically focusing on the good paying ones. The problem with most job-seekers are that some will send out their resume to all jobs.
Be warned that there are a lot of low paying jobs advertised in job or employment centre. These are the ones not to apply for, since in a lot of cases, these are dead-end and unsatisfying jobs that do little to ease your finances.
4. Hone your skills. If you are afraid of communicating, realize that good paying jobs start with a job interview. Great candidates are good communicators. Don’t worry if you are lacking in those skills. Joining a public speaking club is a great way to practice communication skills among a group of ambitious and confident individuals.
5. Develop a positive mental outlook. You are what you think and if you think well of yourself, this will communicate on your face and in your psychological outlook. Although job-hunting is stressful, it is important to develop other interests, such as pursuing a hobby or overcoming a childhood fear.
When I was a child, I was a poor swimmer and hated my swim class. I recently took a swim class to overcome my fear of water, and now enjoy swimming on a regular basis. Learning new skills will give you confidence and anything that makes you feel good, is a fine thing.
6. Turn your hobby into a job. If you’re lucky enough to be fluent in other languages, or have flare for music or swimming, why not teach it? You can advertise your services on a free website like Craigslist or on school bulletin boards.
As a university student who liked writing and research, I offered my services in this area and landed some quick cash.
7. Remember that everyone is unique and we all have skills. God has blessed each and every one of us with special skills and it is our job to tap into it and push our talents to its full potential.