how to get
a job in 2019
employment: we're coming for you
how millennials are actually more committed than everyone thinks...and the top tips on how to get a new job
words: Rachel Hoversland
Millennials & Their Perceived Lack of Commitment
If you’ve got a full-time job, chances are over a third of your waking hours throughout the week are spent working. And that’s assuming you don’t work late, or come in early, or pick up your computer on the weekends. If you’re unhappy in your job, you’re spending, at the very least, a third of your waking hours in a bad mood or with underlying stress, which can, in turn, affect your performance at work.
According to a recent study happy employees are over 10% more productive than their unhappy counterparts. Being in a stressful work environment can be toxic, even going so far as to negatively affect your health.
If this feels like you, consider this your divine sign to take the steps to look for something new. And when that time comes, here are some tips for keeping your spirits high and navigating the job world.
Don’t limit yourself to the jobs you’re “qualified for”. There are obviously basic requirements that you should meet for every job you apply for, but checking off everything on the list before even starting leaves you with little room to grow. Show the employer you’re capable and willing to learn, and the missing years of experience or lack of accolades won’t matter.
Don’t feel like you’ve got to take the first job offer that comes around. Unless you’re in a financial bind, or the offer is from your dream company, it truly does not hurt to play the field. And chances are if you got offered one job, there are 10 other employers that would jump at the chance to hire you, and they may pay better, offer more fun benefits, or allow for better growth. See what’s out there - the more you do, the better informed you’ll be when the right job comes around.
During interviews, ask tough and thoughtful questions about the company. You’re interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you, so if you don’t really get to the heart of who they are, you could end up in a job that wasn’t what it seemed.
Leverage your network. And I don’t just mean your school’s alumni association. I mean your family. Your friend of a friend who works at the startup you’ve always admired. Your next door neighbor who is never without his embossed Patagonia (not for long) of the bank you’ve always wanted to work at. When you take the time to ask meaningful questions, say thank you and follow up with connections, you’d be surprised at whom you can get connected to.
Be your own best advocate. When the time comes and you’ve bagged an offer, ask for the money you think you deserve. Be willing to be flexible, but don’t be afraid to negotiate and stand up for yourself. If a company really can’t match it, they’ll be upfront, but you should never be at risk for losing an offer just because you asked for more $$.
Don’t take it so seriously, else fear can be paralyzing. It can be way too easy to take the job search ups and downs as a reflection of who we are or to give it more weight and overthinking than it deserves. The fact is that a job is just one aspect of your life, and it doesn’t have to be the ruling aspect if you don’t let it. When the job hunt stresses you out (because it inevitably will), take a deep breath, take a break, do something you love that has absolutely nothing to do with career searching and then come back to it. And remind yourself that this, like anything in life, is not permanent - there is always room to change your mind and switch it up.
These things helped me to keep a level head during my recent job search. Reminding myself that things work out, allowing myself to be picky and not take the first role that was offered, and asking the tough questions helped me to evaluate which job was going to make me the happiest. I hope it does for you, too, because life is too short to spend a third of it miserable.