With any skill, you start by learning the basics. With cooking, you learn how to dice an onion, make a stock, and how to sharpen your knife. Later, you take on more complicated recipes and skills, like baking, butchery and curing. These techniques will serve you in the quest of becoming a master chef.
Similarly, a job seeker in search of employment, you start with great, tailored resumés; an up-to-date list of references, a list of companies to target and answers to common interview questions. These are your basics, your bread and butter.
To navigate a job search skillfully, add these ingredients that will help you through any job search challenge or opportunity:
- Hope and trust: Maintain hope. Believe in your strengths and skills. Believe in your ability to secure employment. Trust in your intuition and judgement.
- Patience and understanding: Be patient with yourself and others. Do not expect immediate responses from job applications. Recognize that securing employment takes time.
- Determination and perseverance: Never give up. Push forward. Don’t take rejection personally.
- Openness and flexibility: Be open to change and new challenges, take risks. If your resume isn’t getting you interviews, change it.
- Acceptance and authenticity: Accept yourself and others. Being genuine will help you to find your best fit.
- Curiosity and creativity: Ask questions and seek out the answers. Create opportunities. Expose yourself to new information and allow for the unexpected. Organize informational interviews, attend networking events and workshops.
- Gratitude and appreciation: Be grateful and appreciate those around you. Take notice when someone is kind to you and give back. After an interview, send a thank you email or card to the employer.
- Support and feedback: Reach out to others. Ask for help and feedback. Attend a workshop at a WorkBC Employment Services Centre.
- Acknowledge and celebrate: Share your successes. Pat yourself on the back when you tailor your resumé, apply for a job, get called for an interview or have a great informational interview.
- A winning smile: Smiling brings out the best in you and is a great asset in an interview!
Tina Hurd is a career advisor at the Westside WorkBC.