Calling all Job Seekers: Snag that Dream Job!

With the economy still struggling and the unemployment rate distressingly high, there are a lot of job seekers out there right now.  In particular, students are graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, only to find that they cannot get hired anywhere.  It is not at all atypical to go for months and months waiting to hear back from someone, even if you have filled out fifty, sixty, seventy applications and put your resume out there wherever you possibly can.  All of this can be disheartening to even the strongest person.  After a while, we start feeling completely Unemployable – capital “U” necessary, of course – and start thinking about getting the word tattooed onto our foreheads, just so we do not forget.  Before you decide on something so permanent, though, check out a few of these tips.  No matter what kind of job you are looking for, they are guaranteed to help you succeed.

The first thing all job seekers need to do is consider their interests.  Sometimes, especially when you are just starting out and do not have a lot of work experience, you will have to broaden your horizons away from your major.  For instance, if you are interested in literature, you can think about becoming a tutor, a copy writer, you can think about writing articles, you can even think about simply working in a bookstore.  Trust that, in all of those cases, when potential employers see “Literature major” or “English major” listed on your resume, cover letter, and curriculum vitae, they will definitely be interested.  If you are interested in science or medicine, working in a pharmacy or a pharmaceutical company is also a possible choice.  If you have peripheral interests which are in some way related to your chosen field of study, you can look into appropriate job opportunities in those areas as well.  And, of course, if there is something you are interested in even though it is not related to your major – go for it.