By Zack Kinslow, a contributing writer for FindSpark
It was the heart of the recession — May of 2009 — and nobody around me was having any luck in the job search. Morale was low across the whole graduating class. Many people were giving up after only a few weeks of searching, to move back in with their parents, revert back to their former summer gigs, while others were sticking with the comfort zone of school by pursuing their Masters Degrees, hoping to wait out the storm.
- Use your resources. Whether it’s a campus print shop to make your own magazine, a friend’s band you can send to the hiring company as a Rapper-gram, a new app or social media platform, or just a simple referral from a connection within your network, make sure you keep your eyes open to what’s right in front of you.
- Brand yourself online. This doesn’t mean you have to prune all your party photos (though it’s not a bad idea during the job hunt). But your Twitter Bio, LinkedIn, website, and any other searchable profiles should reflect the exact message you’re trying to convey. Keep it consistent, clear, and humble. How do you want employers to judge you at a quick glance?
- Be persistent and don’t give up. A wise friend once said, “There’s no big secret to success. One person got distracted. The other one didn’t.” In my case, there were a lot of parties and weekend activities I skipped in order to land the job I wanted. Countless late nights working on my portfolio and building my online presence, instead of going to the bar to celebrate impending graduation. And it paid off. Even if you don’t get the exact opportunity you were going for, the simple act of working hard and persevering will always look good on your reputation — and could very well lead to something even better.