Part of the reason for the decline in posts on this blog is because I quit my job in June. In early July, I moved a few states north and have been relocating as well as traveling. I began my job hunt about a month ago but started to take it more seriously in the past 10 days.
Like most people in this modern era of technology, I began my quest for work online. Websites like Careerbuilder, LinkedIn, Indeed, and even Craigslist have been viewed daily in recent weeks. Each of these sites have their pros and cons. The first 3 allow you to post your resume and apply through their site. They also compile jobs from company sites. LinkedIn allows you to network with people from school or previous jobs. It also allows you to post a photo of yourself. All three of these sites are watched by “headhunters” from major HR agencies. If you have an attractive resume, they’ll give you a call and do their best to find you a job. They don’t get paid unless you get hired. Lastly, Craigslist is the most basic job hunting tool online and while it seems like a magnet for scams, I have several friends that have found good jobs on the site.
I have some basic tips for applying to jobs on any site.
- Don’t apply to everything and anything. I’m surprised that people send out 100’s of resumes a day to various companies. I get the idea of the shotgun approach but you’ll run into serious issues when an employer calls for an interview and you have no idea who they are. That leads me to my second point…
- Most posts really are scams or pyramid schemes. Anything titled ENTRY LEVEL MARKETING or something to do with marketing is generally a scam. Even if they have a fancy website complete with flash animation, it’s probably not real. These companies will bring you in for an interview, only to have you work for a day for them, free of charge. In the financial side, be weary of companies like Primerica that recruit any and all college grads. Their business model is based on multi-level marketing, or MLM. In other words, a pyramid scheme. You don’t make money until you hire new people. Sure they might hype themselves up as being the largest financial agency in the US and they offer great pay with rapid advancement, but the old rule holds true: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research about a company through 3rd party websites such as glassdoor.com, the Better Business Bureau, and even scam.org. Don’t trust anything posted on company websites or company sponsored YouTube channels.
- Where’s your experience? Mine is in outside sales and while I could probably do most jobs in the business world, I’ll only attract attention from sales departments. Sales jobs are plentiful, have little to no educational requirements, and generally have higher turnover. Thus, there are always companies looking for sales folks. If your experience is in retail, know that if you absolutely need work, retail might be your only safe option.
- What’s your plan? I think too many people from ages 16-30 are concerned with their present situation. I’m 24 and I rarely think about 34, 44, or 54. I’m talking about everything from saving money and investing to career choices. If you’re 22 and a recent graduate from college, you might not be able to find a job with that history degree. It will cost more money for you to return to school for an advanced degree or another bachelor’s, but look at it this way: You spend 2 more years in school, you’re starting your new career at 24 rather than in your 40’s. That’s 20 more years in a career you could be moving up in rather than 20 years in a career that you’re either not getting paid enough or simply don’t enjoy. If you didn’t go to college and want to make a career change, check out online certificates or your local community college for options. A paralegal certificate from Duke University (Top 5 law school) costs $7.5k total. The average first year paralegal makes between $40-60K depending on where you live. You don’t need a college degree to apply and the program lasts 4-6 months.
- If you’re like me, you really don’t know what you want to do in life. You enjoy playing video games, watching sports, reading books, watching movies… etc. Yet no job seems appealing. This is where I point you in the direction of a book called What Color is Your Parachute?. It’s the best $10 book I’ve ever invested in.
Lastly, friends are your greatest asset for finding a job. Network, network, network! Finding a job works the exact same way as finding a guild or group in EQOA. It’s a ton easier if you know people so ask around.
I made this post because many EQOA players are either out of work or about to graduate college. The game costs $180 + internet + power + misc expenses to play every year. Unfortunately we live in a world that depends on money. If you need any tips on finding a job or a career that fits you, feel free to comment. I might have some advice. Best of luck!