Beginning Your Job Search
For most of our lives, we’ve had everything planned out for us. There were some deviations that were permitted along the way (e.g., elective classes); but for the most part, we were always quite sure of what lay ahead of us and never had to really worry about going outside the box. While this may seem all dandy for the first twenty of so years of people’s lives, the shock of reality comes when we find ourselves confronted with a job hunt that is more open ended than we could have possibly imagined.
It’s ironic that choosing a major seems to be of such importance when most students never truly confront the question that is posed to them numerous times throughout high school and college:
“So what do you want to do (with your career/life)?”
Most of us shrug it off with “I’ll figure it out later” and go on wandering aimlessly through college. While this may work for some, there are many others who end up at graduation with little to no idea as to what they will do to combat unemployment.
The most common way that most people go about narrowing the job hunt is to start by focusing on jobs that request for their degree. This would seem to be the most logical method, but this is the #1 way to end up in some random job that you start second guessing before your first week is even over.
Instead of trying to narrow it down from such a huge range of positions, I would start the other direction: Start by looking at positions that sound interesting to you. This means any positions with a job description that you think you would want to do. The reason I recommend this is the fact that there are too many people who find “entry level” positions and try to tailor their resume toward this hollow job that they don’t give a rat’s ass about.
If you find a position that you actually care about and think that you might actually enjoy, chances are pretty good that the resume you will begin to craft and the application process you are about to embark on will be a much more meaningful journey.
Some concerns that may occur to some of you is the idea that you will not always qualify for the jobs that you actually want. For this sentiment, I would put forth the idea that when you find that position you are unqualified for, that’s the time to start working backwards to figure out how to get to where you want to be.
Give this method a try. It might be kind of unconventional, but I assure you that you are much more likely to find your dream job this way than to search for jobs the way everyone else is doing.