Finding a Job Nowadays No Matter How Hard It Gets
Taking on this new position here at Habits is one of many factors in convincing me Summer is officially coming to an end, and that’s fine; in fact, it’s incredible. Swapping out the San Fernando Valley’s signature dry heat for a rather disappointingly short Autumn and Winter is one of many aspects to anticipate; and although I may be speaking for myself, I am the one writing this.
What I believe is far more important than my growing disdain for the warmer months is the fact that now is finally time to redevelop a far more active approach to getting work done. I had immense difficulty finding a steady position over the course of the pandemic. The same applies to the past few months, considering finding a worthwhile gig fresh off of spending god knows how much on a bachelor's degree is practically hopeless. Luckily for many, there is no better time to relate to this issue more than right now.
Having said that, the same applies to honing in all your efforts to find a legitimate job. I know how difficult it could be to crawl out of the merciless hole of working retail work or the service industry, and sometimes I don’t even think I’ve crawled out of it myself. And that’s fine. Just this past year, I was working a seasonal gig at Cost Plus World Market while I was still in school. Now, I’ve simply been forcing myself to find work in the field I actually want to be a part of rather than wallowing at another retail job.
Be it an Internship, part-time gig, or remote contact position, even doing work for the smallest of platforms that fall in line with your interests can go a long way. Here is a trio of ways that you can start by looking for a job in your field, or at least the one you hope to be in!
- Build a Portfolio
This comes before absolutely everything. Whether you want to be a writer, editor, social media specialist, artist, photographer, reporter, or whatever it is, it's hard to be taken seriously without a former body of work. Even a handful of samples from the past couple of years can go a long way when it comes to what recruitment executives want to see. Put your best foot forward and narrow down a handful of projects or pieces that you define as essential. This can be hard without prior experience, but there are countless platforms and website-building templates around there nowadays that almost make it too easy to post your work.
- Write A Genuinely Good Cover Letter & Maintain Its Formula
To be completely honest, there aren't many elements to what makes a good cover letter. It is no more than a friendlier resume that proves to companies that you know how to speak and write rather than simply listing your prior work experience. Aside from cohesion, there aren't many elements that should differentiate your cover letter from your resume. Look for the qualifications that this position is looking for and, if applicable, make sure to mention them in your body paragraph!
Trust me, everybody knows there is nothing more tedious than putting a cover letter together, especially when you sound like no more than a broken record. Maintaining your voice is key to writing one, so keep in mind that as much as these hiring managers want to know what you're capable of, that's what your resume is for. Make sure to be eloquent! Think of it like any other letter you would write. Introduce yourself and talk about what you do. However, don't forget that you're writing it for someone who is looking to give you a job that you want and potentially pay you for it.
- Keep Cool & Wait For The Interview
This waiting window is debatably even worse than writing that letter, but the last step is what makes this one possible. With a well-written cover letter, hiring managers will be much more interested in getting to learn more about your prior work experience and why you think you'll make a good fit for their company.
Practicing good habits that suit my lifestyle
This Fall I started my first internship here at Habits as a blog writer, and I am so excited to have creative freedom on this platform. To start off, I want to share a little about myself and some good habits I practice. I am a third year journalism major at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. I am also minoring in fashion merchandising, so when I read about this opportunity to write blog posts for a fitness fashion company on LinkedIn, I thought I would make a great fit. Over the past couple of years, I have created a set of habits that work for me to maintain both my mental health and physical health. The most important ones that I find worth sharing with you all is maintaining a productive work/school schedule, going on my run every day, and most importantly, setting aside time for my self-care routine each night.
My Productive School/Work Schedule
Everyone’s weekly schedule looks different. Some might be more relaxed, while others chaotic and overwhelming. Being in college, I tend to experience both types of schedules, so at times I find it difficult to curate a schedule that suits my plans I have each day. I learned that for me, waking up at the same time every day establishes what hours I should be productive no matter the amount of classes and hours of work I have for that day. To avoid getting burnt out while I’m studying, I usually go to a coffee shop or somewhere that I know I will be comfortable for hours at a time. After quarantine, I told myself I would work outside of my home as often as possible. Establishing a stopping time on working and studying was the hardest part of creating this productive schedule, because I often feel I should be doing more. In the end, we only have so many hours in a day, so I make sure not to spend all of them feeling overwhelmed by school and work.
My Daily Runs
It took me a couple of years of trying out different forms of exercise to find the one that I enjoy most: running. I have tried going to the gym with my sister, I’ve followed daily workout videos on YouTube, and I’ve tried HIIT exercises, but the one that improves both my physical and mental states is running. I go to my favorite local park every day that it’s not storming. The Georgia humidity makes it challenging sometimes, but the feeling I get when I finish a run is the most satisfying. I think the progress I’ve made on my fitness journey is one of my biggest accomplishments.
At the end of each day I do a few things that give my mind time to rest. One of my favorite things to do is cook for myself, because it forces me to slow down and create something good. When I need time to reflect on my thoughts I have a journal on my bedside that I pick up and release those feelings on paper. One thing I am currently working on is trying to find a balance between socializing and alone time. I am afraid to say that FOMO does get the best of me sometimes, but it’s okay to enjoy my own company!
As for where I am in my life, these are the habits I practice that make me feel good each day, but they are always in the works. My habits will never be set-in-stone, because life is all about change!