Forget all the noise about how hard it is finding a job.
Nowadays, we have more tools at are disposal to find a job than ever before.
The issue isn’t really getting work. Instead, we can focus a bit more on the top of the pyramid of needs.
Am I fulfilled?
Would I do this for free?
Is this my passion?
These are the questions we can and should be asking ourselves — and we should be choosy about our careers — they occupy a lot of time. Sometimes all of it, or at least it seems that way.
However, even with our ability to choose careers because of more options made readily available through tech, many people still don’t take advantage of these tools.
And you know what? If I hadn’t been there already, I might blame them.
But it’s a bit more complicated than just being lazy, or unwilling to go after jobs.
Not making excuses — but there’s an emotional component to job hunting.
Sometimes your confidence is just shot. You’re not hearing back from anyone, or don’t know what the hell is going on, and it makes you feel like unemployable.
When I moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta straight out of college, this is exactly how I felt.
I was sleeping on a couch in a place near Venice Beach at the time, doing some SEO work, and writing, but really I was broke as a joke.
My roommate knew I wasn’t lazy. We’ve known each other since I was five years old. Yet he saw that I was absolutely paralyzed. He didn’t fully understand why, and neither did I at the time.
But one night, he walked with me to probably about thirty or forty different restaurants, bars, and other businesses around Venice, and just stayed nearby as I handed my resume, and collected applications.
All the anxiety, and feelings of rejection were reduced because I had the support of my friend.
Shortly after, I started to get momentum with my life, career, and job situation.
But all this is to say, it’s the feeling of hopelessness that makes the job search hard — or at least, creates the illusion that it’s hard.
This is the Black Hole Effect of Job Hunting:
When you send out resumes and applications, and hear nothing back, leaving you feeling like it’s all been sucked into a black hole, and you won’t ever be hearing back.
Number One — ZipRecruiter is the best solution to counter the black hole effect. Besides being free for applicants, ZipRecruiter shows them when their application has been seen, is under review, and what’s going on with it at each stage with email and push notifications (if you’re using the app).
The other thing that makes ZipRecruiter so effective is that it’s an aggregator of all the major job boards, which means you simply have more options. But the final and most important way ZipRecruiter makes the job hunt easy is through a one-click apply process that you can activate via LinkedIn — which brings us to number two.
Number Two — LinkedIn is the premier professional networking platform, and is your go-to online resume. As a job seeker, there’s just no reason not to be on LinkedIn. It’s Facebook for professionals. So yeah, I’m basically pulling out the “everyone’s doing it” card because you’re not legit to employers without a LinkedIn profile.
Furthermore, LinkedIn helps counter FOMPO — Fear of Missing Professional Opportunities. There really are only six degrees of separation between us all, and you’ll be in the know about opportunities on LinkedIn, sometimes even if you’re passively searching.
Lastly, because this is the best online professional network, it really is essential to take the time to beef up your profile, and build your connections. This is something you can keep, it’s foundational, and will make a major difference in your job hunt.
Number Three — SWITCH app, and other swipe-based job search apps make the cover letter irrelevant. This is the perfect way to gamify the search, and make it a tad less stressful. Just swipe right if you’re interested in a job, and swipe left if you’re not. Employers and recruiters are automatically notified when a candidate is interested in the job. If the interest is mutual, employers can start an online chat with you, set up an interview, and move forward from there.
Finding a job isn’t so hard — but with these tools, you can get the job you actually want.