Job Searching Tips for Millennials
Millennials are getting a bad rap – especially when it comes to their work ethic and commitment. But what can we do to squash this bad reputation? Continue to be ourselves and own it!
Let’s be honest here. It’s difficult for ANYONE to land a job sometimes. But it can be particularly hard for some millennials. Not just because of the potentially negative stereotypes, but because we are a younger generation and therefore a lot of us lack job experience.
Don’t let this discourage you. There are things you can to do improve your resume and how you are selling yourself to employers.
Here are 5 of my biggest tips for millennials:
- Learn how to SELL yourself – Pretend you are in sales or marketing and need to sell a product. The product being YOU! If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Those that lack experience often leave their resume slacking or only focus on their lack of experience rather than the skills they do have. Even if you don’t have relevant experience to what you’re applying to, you still have skills! Try to think about which soft skills you have that you’ve built up through work experience, volunteer experience and whatever else you do in your spare time. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my previous post on how to own your transferable skills. When you have an interview, do not talk about what you don’t have. Please! Just sell your best self.
- Use technology to your advantage – Maybe you’ve heard that us millennials are too addicted to our phones? Well, use your ease with technology to your advantage when you are job searching. Ensure your LinkedIn profile is on point and start networking your way into a new job. You can utilize other means of social media to help look for open job postings or broaden your network. You can even use Twitter to follow companies and tweet interesting career related material. Just don’t try to go and befriend recruiters on Facebook.
- Break down those stereotypes – Once you go land a job, show your boss that millennials do have good worth ethic and prove yourself! Even if your experience isn’t exactly what you want, use it to build up your resume, enhance your skills, and expand that network you’ve started.
- Don’t forget to tailor each of your applications for the job – Generic resumes and cover letters just don’t cut it anymore. The worst thing you can do for yourself is to be sending out the exact same application to every company. Find some time to put in that extra effort to tailor your application to each role – I know it’s annoying! But it really does pay off. Competition is tough these days and there are a lot of qualified people out there. Make sure you really show off what you got and tell that employer why you’d be perfect for that job!
- Remember that networking is KEY especially in certain industries – Gone are the days when you can just walk into a company resume in hand and ask for a job (I talk like I was alive back in those days). These days, that doesn’t work anymore and competition is fierce (think Sasha Fierce). One of the best things you can do for yourself is to build up a network of like-minded professionals. Make sure that you use it to your advantage, without becoming annoying. Try reaching out to people in your industry on LinkedIn, social media, alumni events, or any other networking events you have access to. The best way to get in anywhere, is by already knowing someone. Try helping other people in your shoes too. You never know when you will need to call in a favour!
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