Someone on Reddit shared lessons learned from their job search. Quite a few are terrific.
Someone posted on Reddit that they had found a job. Yay. And they were thrilled. They're someone who submitted 253 applications, had 13 interviews, got one offer. And as they said, probably 10 buckets of tears and a handful of nervous breakdowns. He works or she works as a creative. I don't know gender here, but they wanted to share some things with Job Hunters that they thought made sense.
Now they're not a fan of LinkedIn; they're a creative. I understand that. There are better places for creators than LinkedIn. They also said, look at different locations. Right now, most of the jobs are remote, so don't border yourself, or bind yourself into one state or city. This person got a job working flexible hours with an out-of-state company.
This is an important one --grow thick skin. Their first interview seemed perfect. They stressed about it. They were overthinking every detail. They went through all the rounds and then got ghosted for two weeks and then got a rejection letter. It happens. And this one I love. If they give good feedback during interviews, or even after an interview, after an interview, it doesn't mean anything. People are liars. Recruiters lie. HR managers lie. As they say I had an interview on Friday with someone who complimented my work all interview and asked me to send them a deck on Monday. The following day, Saturday, he got a rejection letter from them.
I got ghosted, I had three interviews where people didn't show up to an actual interview. One of it, a position they got an offer for. Be prepared for people to be flakes.
Good signs--they talk about you in the position. "You will be . . . " They say, "hope to talk to you in the near future. " That when I agree with. The other one, no. Your questions make them laugh or and/or deeply think. They smile during the interview. Networking is great but, honestly, didn't help this person much.
Great resources for a resume cvmkr.com. Streak for Gmail for email tracking. Sticky notes from Microsoft for video interview notes. For creatives, he or she suggests you don't need to have a paid version of Wix or a website, that you can work with the free version of Wix portfolio with a funky link, and it's fine. No one cares.
Be prepared to not be prepared. Even though interviewers ask mostly the same questions. You never know what they will ask out of the blue. Resume. Make sure to read the description. And if you find some wording that describes your skills, edit your resume word for word for future jobs. You want to have your resume speak the language of the industry.
This was ultimately the most important thing-- have faith in yourself. And they say I know it sounds generic, but you gotta believe in yourself. Because if you don't, who will?
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