You don’t just want any old job in any old city. That’s why millennials jump from job to job so often. About 60 percent are open-minded towards a new job, and 21 percent have changed jobs within the past year. The common misconception is we lack loyalty and are too lazy to stick it out through the tough times. The truth is we’re idealistic and want to make a difference instead of settling for a job below our talents.
Are you among the ranks of millennials looking for a new job? Here are some ways to make that happen.
Don’t Be Afraid to Relocate
At any given time, there are employers across the nation looking for an individual with a resume like yours. Or you have a great idea for a startup, but you can’t meet investors, and there are no incubators and accelerators in your hometown. Or the job market in another town is simply better—you know people there and like the city, so you’re ready to pick up, move, and look for a new job after you arrive.
You need to be there in person. No matter how much networking you can do over the internet, the best jobs require a handshake and eye contact to finalize the new relationship. On-demand rental company Bedly identifies how to find a job in a new city:
- Rock your resume: Update it, make it look great, pin down your very best references in case they’re needed
- Network: Research networking events, attend them, and connect with people on social media, especially LinkedIn
- Harness the power of coffee: A one-on-one with a friend or acquaintance at the coffee shop is a great opportunity to make some ins on the job market; friends are your number one resource for getting a new job
- Follow through: After you submit your resume, check back after a week; a phone call or email will suffice, but an in-person follow-up can really make you stand out
If you’re being highly selective about jobs, the ability to relocate is practically a requirement. There are only so many good jobs available in many markets, and they’re the most competitive for candidates. If you can go where there are more jobs, you’re more likely to get one.
Use Forums and Internet Job Boards
These are the places where you find out about jobs and do initial networking. There are forums for nearly every profession out there. Indeed.com has a forum where you can get interview and career advice, and you can find out what people’s experiences are like as they search for a wide variety of jobs. There are also a great many forums for freelancers, including the Upwork forum, where you can find one-off spots or ongoing freelance opportunities. If you have a pretty good idea about what type of job you want, simply search for that job title with word “forum” included in your search. Even better, include the name of a city you’d like to live in.
Apply at the City, State, and Federal Level
Yes the application process is extensive and screening is rigorous, but these jobs have good benefits and competitive pay. There are also a lot of them. At the administrative level alone, there are 6.9 million people employed, and they earn an average of $58,306 per year (public administration is the 4th highest paying sector in the US). Public administration is a good field if you want to work at the local level: in the managerial, finance, and business domains, there are more openings for cities than states. These jobs include city manager, parks and rec superintendent, and public works director, to name a few.
You can be sure that all city, state, and federal jobs are listed online, with very detailed application instructions and deadlines. You’d be surprised at the type of jobs you can find. Cities need social media experts, writers, marketing experts, project managers—the list goes on. Here again, find out who among your friends works for the city, state, or federal government and talk to them about how they got the job.
Be Active on LinkedIn
With a LinkedIn account, you’ll get thousands of notifications about job openings—literally thousands. These notifications are based on both your network and your profile. Fill out your profile extensively. Grow your network, and when you approach professionals you don’t know at businesses where you’d like get a job, be sure to personalize a message to them instead of simply connecting. When you apply for jobs via LinkedIn, always follow up via email or in person, or on LinkedIn. Just make sure to connect with the person in charge of hiring when you message them.
Rock the Interview
Among LiveCareer’s tips on finding a new job, these interview pointers are absolutely essential:
- Prepare: Come up with your best answers to common interview questions, such as “Tell me about a time when you were proud of your work at a former job.” Do mock interviews with a friend, family member, or career counselor.
- Interview professionally: Arrive 10 minutes ahead of time, dress appropriately, greet each person you meet warmly, use positive body language, answer questions with confidence and be enthusiastic. Ask questions, show appreciation for the interview at the end and find out what happens next.
- Write thank-you notes: This is something us job-seekers don’t think of often: follow-up the interview with a brief thank-you note to everyone involved in the interview; LiveCareer recommends you emphasize “your interest and fit with the job and employer”. This will help you stand out from the other applicants
A good interview may not ensure you get the job, but a great interview will make you hard to pass up. Expect to go through this process a lot and hone your interviewing skills. If you’re willing to relocate, you’re using the internet, your resume looks great, and your interview skills are first-rate, you will land a job. Keep looking, and you’ll land one you love.