How can I go about job-seeking effectively?
February 28, 2014 9:11 PM Subscribe
I am a 25-year-old woman and a recent college graduate (just earned my Master’s in English in December). I’m looking for higher education administrative jobs in the area: basically, to be an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, academic advisor, and the like. There are a few concerns on my mind about the process.
posted by summertimesadness1988 to Work & Money (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
1). First of all, how much editing do I need to do on my cover letter and resume for each job? I normally put some time into reading the description for each job, switching things around, and adding particular skills and experience to my cover letter and resume in order to match the job at hand as well as possible. Is this a waste of time? I do have some friends who just send the same letter to everyone, (after only changing the name of the job and hiring manager, of course), and since I am applying to jobs which are all in the same field, I’m wondering if I should start doing the same. It would really save a lot of time and energy, but I also wonder if my current method of catering my application materials to the job make me more marketable. (Much of my work experience and education background aligns with the jobs I am applying for, so my application materials remain honest, even after the editing).
2). Following up: How soon after applying is it best to follow up? Should I do so over phone or email? What do I need to say?
3). What are some good ways to network/get my name out there? I do have good references from my professors from graduate school, and a few of my supervisors at the internship I had at a tutoring center in a community college. Also, how does LinkedIn work, exactly? Is it helpful?
4). This question is more emotional than logical: I am feeling very discouraged. I haven’t heard a positive response from a single place: I’m either told months later that they went with someone else, or I don’t get a response at all. One job, which I applied for Sunday, listed my application status as “Not Selected” on Tuesday! Being rejected so quickly really didn’t make me feel good. I just feel like I put so much time and energy into applying, and the results are never positive. I even cut back my hours at my current job to spend more time on applications, so I’m even losing money as I look for a new job. I’m starting to get mentally, emotionally, and physically drained, and on many days, don’t feel like applying at all. The whole process is causing an insane amount of stress. I've gotten more acne over the past two weeks than I did as a teenager. haha. What are some ways to stay motivated and optimistic through all the cold shoulders/rejection?
Thank you all in advance for your answers. I know I asked a lot of questions, but any information you have on ANY of the listed topics (or just job seeking tips in general), would be great and extremely helpful!