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Help Me Find a Job! | The Most Epic Job Search Guide in History

So you’re looking for a job?  Well you’ve come to the right place.  I’ve been collecting tons of the best articles, videos, and books on job searching, and I’m giving it all to you, right here, in one super long blog post.  You might want bookmark this page so that you can keep coming back at different stages of your job search, and you’ll most definitely want to share it with all your friends!

Here it is…  All of the wonderful goodness of finding a bad ass, awesome, good paying job…  So stop screaming, “Help me Find a Job!” JobKaster is here to help.  Let’s get it on!

Job Exploration

Before you start your job search, you need to know what you want to do.  This section is all about finding the right career.

Picking a Career

Let’s be honest.  Most people fall into a career.  They take the first job that they can find.  Then they get stuck in the occupation for the rest of their lives.  Why?  Because they start building expertise in that industry, and it’s very hard to make a jump after you’ve spent years climbing the ladder, learning the ropes, and building contacts.  So they stay in a job they hate slugging away day after day wishing that they were somewhere else all because they don’t know what to do to get out of this rut.  Can you make the jump?  Of course! But you might have to take a pay cut.  You might have to start out lower on the totem pole.  You might have to give up some of what you already earned in your current industry.

But what if you picked the right career from the start?

A slight minority of workers found their passion early.  They knew exactly what they wanted to do the rest of their lives and planned their lives accordingly.  Whether it was spending hours every day making jump shots or studying hard to make it into med school, some people just know what they want, and they go for it!

For the rest of us, what do we really want to do?  Seriously, what would you do if money was no object?

How to Pick a Career You will Like:

Picking a career just might be the most important decision you’ll ever make.  It’s tough because you’re often forced to make a choice at a young age, before you even know what is out there.

Before choosing a job that makes the most money or choosing a career someone else told you to take, why not try to find a job you will like?

But before we start, it’s time you ask yourself some questions:

6 Powerful Questions that will Change Your Life Forever

Resources for Choosing a Career

  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is one of the most trusted resources for researching careers.  You can search by industry or job and find tons of information, including: median pay, minimum education level, required training, experience needed, number of jobs, and you can even find out if the number of jobs are increasing or decreasing.  The OOH is your go to guide when starting your research.
  • CareerOneStop.org – Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop.org is a job seekers paradise with tons of information.  From career exploration to education and training, CareerOneStop.org is truly a one-stop shop for your job search information fix.
  • The Career Project Interviews -  Interviews with thousands of people about their jobs and created career profiles so that you can hear what a job is like from the source.
  • Moving On or Changing Careers – Sometimes you may be stuck in a career you’re not happy with.  Non-profit, Helpguide.org’s career change guide can help you move on and change careers.

WTF Should I do with my life?!?!  Seriously, are you thinking this?  Maybe you need someone to make some suggestions on what you should do! WTFshouldIdowithmylife gives random suggestions, and links to articles that help you take that suggestion into a plan of action.

Motivation

Alright!  So you’ve chosen your career.  It’s now time to go out and find that job!  Or, lay out a plan so you can work your way into the position you’re destined to become.

First, we need a little motivation.  Are you hungry?  Hunger isn’t sending out a few resumes.  It’s doing whatever it takes to become who you want to be.

Let’s get motivated!

Assessing Your Experience Level

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to find a job if you don’t have the right experience.  Maybe you need 5 years experience, maybe you need a diploma, maybe you need to kiss some ass (Okay, maybe not).

Credentials… Credentials… Credentials…

Don’t let a lack of credentials scare you.  If you know what you want to do in life, go for it!  Don’t let anything stop you.

Here are 8 tips to getting what you want, credentials be damned!

8 Steps to Getting What you Want Without Formal Credentials

Come to think about it, just go buy this book right now!

Internships

If you’re in college, it’s easy to sit back, relax, party ‘till the wee hours of the night picking up hot college chicks (Or for you girls, that cute guy that plays guitar, or whatever it is ya’ll like).  Hell, I spent way more time drinking beer than actually studying.  But we expect higher of you, my friend.  You need an internship!

If you’re not in college, adult internships are all the rage.  No excuses.

Why do you need an internship?  Internships provide a way to test your interests, to develop your job skills, and most importantly to put another notch in your career belt.  Seriously, when employers are citing that college graduates do not have the skills they are looking for in new grads, an internship gives you a clear advantage, especially if you have a “golden ticket” company on your resume – GE, Google, etc.

How do you find an awesome internship?

Let’s start off with being awesome!  What have you done that would impress someone?  That would make you unforgettable(http://www.jobkaster.com/blog/creative-resume-that-landed-over-100-job-inquiries/)? Do something now.   Find a cool job, start a business, travel, work for a charity, save your herd of cows from lions…

 

  • GoAbroad.com  - Want more than just job experience from your internship?  Find internships in other countries around the world to develop a global perspective
  • Idealist is the champion of non-profit jobs, and they’re pretty damn good with non-profit internships too!

For those who want only the best… Here’s the top 20 Companies to get an internship.

College Grads

Graduation is both one of the most exciting times, and if you haven’t found a job yet, it can be one of the most stressful.  Employers want to hire experienced candidates, aren’t willing to train new grads, and they are flooded with resumes.  I’ve heard of some jobs postings getting over 1000 resumes.

Hopefully, you’ve already done these 10 things and secured a job before graduation:

10 Things College Kids Must do to Secure a Job at Graduation

If not, Rich has 20 tips for college graduates to find a job post graduation.

20 Job Search Tips for College Grads

One last thing, your commencement speaker probably worked really hard on their speech, but I’m sure it doesn’t compare to this one:

 

Finding a job

Finding a job is an art that can be easily mastered once you are armed with the right tools.  One day I’ll take the time to dish out all of those secrets, but today we’re giving you a ton of resources!

Online Websites

Job Boards and other career websites are just another tool in your job seeking arsenal.  You should never rely solely on job boards to find your next job, but they are one of the best ways to start your search.  Use job boards to find out which companies are hiring in your area.  Niche sites work wonders if you’re in a highly specialized field.  And local sites (like JobKaster) will make finding a job closer to home easier than ever.

  • JobKaster – Undoubtedly the best site for local jobs (hint, hint)
  • Indeed – Aggregator of thousands of job boards and one of the most popular job boards in the US.
  • SimplyHired – Another aggregator to help you find millions of jobs in one place.
  • Careerbuilder – 1 Million + Jobs
  • Monster –  #1 Traditinal Job Board by Trafic (Alexa)
  • LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a powerhouse for those looking for a professional career.  Not only do they host their own job board, but the real value in LinkedIn is their people search and ability to network.

By adding a fully optimized profile, you can position yourself as an expert in your field and have recruiters asking for you!

You can start with this Interactive LinkedIn Guide from PMI.

And these other LinkedIn Resources:

  •  Craigslist –  A bit old, but still effective.  Craiglist is great for hourly jobs and entry-level jobs.

Guy Kawasaki’s Guide to Getting a Job on Craigslist

A Freelancer’s Guide to Craiglist

Everyone knows about Facebook, but have you ever thought about using Facebook for your job search?  Research shows that nearly 50% of all hires are from referrals.  Hit-up your network and let them know you’re looking for a job.  There is no better way to find a job than recruiting your friends and family to help you listen for opportunities and be your job search advocate.  Spruce up your profile by turning your page into a resume:

Turn Your Facebook Page into Your Facebook Resume

Remember if you’re trying to find a job, you should either take down incriminating evidence or check your privacy settings to remove any pictures (such as your bathroom duck face pics or on the receiving end of a beer bong in Cancun pics) or any statuses that could potentially turn off employers.  Here is some help with that:

The Always Up to Date Guide to Managing Your Facebook Privacy Settings

  • Twitter – You might think it would be hard to find a job in only 140 characters, but in today’s digital age, Twitter has become a way to showcase your expertise, meet influencers, and directly access hiring managers at your target companies.  Twitter is best used for job seekers looking for digital jobs – marketing, PR, HR, Web Developers, etc.  In jobs where a “voice” counts, Twitter gives you the ability to find your own.

How to Use Twitter to Find a Job

5 Secrets to Use Twitter for Job Hunting

25 Tips for Job Seekers to Get Noticed on Twitter

Networking

Story Time…

Back in college I had a good friend who graduated the exact same time that I did.  While I went about finding a job the traditional route (e.g., blasting 1000′s of resumes to any poor soul who happened to post a job in my city), he told me he would just meet someone in a bar and get a job.  Guess who got a job first?

My buddy.  One day he shows up to work and told me, “Hey Capt., I’m putting in my two weeks notice.  Some guy from the bar last night is hooking me up with a job.”  I ended up getting a job soon after from a friend of the family.  Two people.  Two jobs.  Both from networking.  ‘Nuff Said!

So networking is the #1 way to find a job.  I repeat.  THE #1 WAY TO FIND A JOB!  We’ve already given a few tips on finding jobs with LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.  These could have just as easily fit under networking because that’s the main reason you should be using them as tools for your job search.

In Person Networking

Utilize your network. In person network includes your friends, family, professors, high school teachers, church members, friends of family, family of family, or anyone who has a vested interest in helping you out.

Job Networking Tips How to Find a Job By Building Relationships

Career Network: 10 Proven Techniques for Job-Seekers

Social Media

Why is social media so powerful?  One word.  Reach.

Social media gives you the tools to reach out to people that would be almost impossible to get a hold of in the real world.  Digitally, you have a chance.  Maybe you can impress them by doing something awesome or creative or creatively awesome.

Here are some tips for using social media:

Mashable: 7 Secrets from Dan Schawbel (Personal Branding Expert)

Social Media Job Search Guide

Hidden Job Market

So you’re digging into the job boards, checking the classifieds, and checking your target company’s websites.  According to the WSJ, 80% of jobs are not advertised.  That’s right, there is a hidden job market that you didn’t even know about?  What kind of BS is this!

So we’re going to give you some tips to tap into the hidden job market:

Job-hunt.org’s – Tap into the Hidden Job Market

Be sure to watch this vid from our favorite Financial / Job guru, Ramit Sethi:

 

Getting the Interview

Once you’ve found you’re dream job, it’s time to get the employer’s attention to let them know that you are the perfect fit for the job.  So how do you make the employer understand that you have the right skills, the passion, the can-do attitude, or anything else they have ever desired in their picture of the perfect employee?

  1. You’re going to go back to the networking section, and see if you know someone that can personally recommend you.
  2. You’re going to get on LinkedIn and Facebook to see if you know anyone that works for the company or knows someone who works at the company.
  3. If all else fails, you’re going to apply to the job like a normal person.

Applying

At JobKaster, we do not believe in blasting out 1000′s of resumes to potential employers.  That is both a waste of your time and the employer’s time.  We believe you should carefully select your target employers.  Then adapt you resume to each job posting.  Why you ask?

When posting to online job postings, most employers are using automated systems to rank your resume against the other 1000 people or so who have applied.  They do this by using keywords. So if you want to get seen, you want to make sure to use the keywords specifically used in the employers posting in your resume.

5 Insider Secrets to Beating Applicant Tracking Systems to Get Your Resume Seen

Resume Writing

Let’s be honest, resume writing is one of my least favorite activities, but it is an absolutely essential part of the job search process.  Here are some tips to help:

Cover Letters

To cover letter?  Or, not to cover letter? That is the question…

There are plenty of reasons for why you need a cover letter.  This isn’t’ a rule, but  I would always suggest using a cover letter when applying for any professional position.  To be honest, I’ve never used one for any job I’ve ever landed, but it gives you a chance to stand out from the crowd and show a little about yourself,  fit in any skills that you feel were left off your resume, and reinforce any skills that you want the employer to remember.

Acing the Interview

Holy crap!  You’ve got the call, and actually secured an interview!  Congratulations!  Now it’s time to figure out how you’re going to ace this interview and make more money than you’ve ever made before.  Hmmm, what are you going to wear?

How to Dress for the Interview

I know an Office Manager for a an oilfield company.  Now if you don’t know, oilfield workers are a little rough around the edges.  She always tells me about these guys that walk in shorts and sandals or they look like they just got finished cutting the grass at their house coming in asking for a job.  Then one day, this guy walks into the office wearing a suit and tie.  He asks about a job, and she’s like, “I’m sorry, but we don’t have any office positions available.  We’re only hiring for offshore positions.”  The guy responds, “Yes Ma’am, I know.  I wanted to apply for the Wireline Operator position.”  Guess what?  She grabbed the hiring manager and set up the interview within 15 minutes of the guy walking through the door.

Unless you’re applying for a specific job where you will be expected to wear the traditional clothing of that job (like a welder who has to do a test weld  or if you’re trying out for the New Orleans Saints), always dress up.

Boston University’s Interactive Interview Dress Guide

Virginia Tech’s Interview & Appearance Guide

Men

This means wear slacks, a button down shirt, and a tie unless specifically asked to dress down.  Even better, break out that suit that’s been in your closet that hasn’t been worn in 4 years.

How to Dress for the Job Interview

Women

It’s business smart.  Wear a nice dress or skirt.  Pant suits will work too.

Megan Broussard’s Word Wardrobes for Women

Interview Attire 101

Body Language

Body language and the way your present yourself tells the interviewer a lot about your character either consciously or unconsciously.  You want to project a cool, smart and confident persona, not nervous and unconfident.

So let’s work on that body language:

The Interview

It’s time to prove yourself.  Do you know what really successful people do different in the interview?  They prepare!  They’ve researched the company, they’ve read all their press releases, they know what direction the business is headed in, and they’re ready for any question the interviewer can throw out them.

You might just want to wing it, but preparation is key.  Practice interviewing with a trusted friend or family member.  Answer sample interview questions, know your resume backwards and forwards, and be ready to be asked about questionable items on your resume (Example: Gaps in employment, etc.).

Job Seeker Questions

In every interview, there comes a point where the interviewer will ask the dreaded, “So, do you have any questions for us?”  Yes you do!!!  Don’t for one second think you do not have any questions.  This is the point in the interview where you can ask smart questions to really make yourself stand apart from the crowd.  I suggest always writing down at least five questions before the interview which you will bring on a notepad.  You are taking notes, right?

Salary Negotiation

Ha!  So you thought the “Questions” question was the most dreaded question during the interview… Wrong!

The most dreaded question of all is the “Salary Question” because essentially robs you of all your negotiation power right off the bat.  I’ve personally ended interviews with interviewers who would not budge, but that’s not the best strategy.  You need to be strategic in how you answer this question:

How to Answer the Salary Question

Salary Research: Payscale vs Salary.com

Salary research is a critical element of the salary negotiation.  You need to know what the position pays before you can expertly negotiate salary.  Two good places to check on salary ranges is Payscale and Salary.com

A comparison:

Salary Research: Payscale Vs. Salary.com – AKA Nikki Minaj vs Kim Kardashian

Salary Negotiation Tips

Now that you’ve figured out the salary ranges, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty.  Here are some actual techniques to help you get through the negotiation with the highest salary you can get:

NYU’s Salary Negotiation Guide

Psychological Research Reveals 10 Strategies that Will Help You Hike Your Paycheck

The Briefcase Technique:

Thank You Letter

It’s always smart to send a follow-up “thank you letter” after your interview.  This will show that you are both appreciative, sincere, and interested in the job.  It will also give you a chance to solidify their good impression of you from the interview.

5 Points to Remember when Writing Your Thank You Letter

How to Choose Between Two Job Offers

Sometimes you hit the holy grail of searching for a job.  Two offers.  Here is a handy worksheet to help you choose between two jobs.

Succeeding in the Job After You Landed It

You’ve finally made it!  You’ve put in all of the hard work.  You’ve found the perfect job.  You interviewed.  They loved you!  How do you live up to your potential?

Here is 30 Ways to Succeed at Your New Job

And Lastly, here are a few Life Lessons to Live a Long and Fulfilled Life

What Did I Miss?

I’ve searched long and hard to find the best resources out there, but I’m sure I missed some really good ones.  I want to hear from you guys and gals!  If I’ve missed anything that you think should have been included, let me know in the comments.  Please be sure to say why it should be included as well.

Good luck with your job search!

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4 Responses to Help Me Find a Job! | The Most Epic Job Search Guide in History

  1. Max June 15, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    One of the Best Blog Post I have ever found in the last 2 years. GREAT!

  2. Chris Romans September 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Like Max said so briefly, this is a really excellent blog post. Very in depth and long, but not excessively wordy. I dig that! On to the content, I am hoping to put some of it to use as I try to figure out what I really want to do as far as a career goes. I currently working a decent retail job where I am well respected and able to move up the business ladder pretty quickly, and soon starting up an internship in my currently chosen field (psychology), but I’m not too sure that I will be cut out to do either of these types of jobs long term. It seems to be immensely difficult to find a job that will work for me as a career. I look forward to the day when I don’t wake up with some amounts of stress and dread just because I have to go to work for 8 (or more) hours. As such, I will really be taking a closer look at the “Resources for Choosing a Career” section of this article. Thanks much for all of this!

  3. guitar repair March 1, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

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