Are you looking for a new job this summer? Whether it’s full-time or part-time, it’s never easy to find a job and an employer that will meet your expectations. We’ve all had disappointing experiences. How do you make sure you’re doing the right thing? How do you find a job that meets your expectations? There is no foolproof method. However, you can go beyond just reading a job offer and sending your resume. To increase your chances of finding a job that reflects your ambitions, here are some simple and effective practices!
Read about the job sector in which you’re interested
Our perceptions are sometimes misleading. For example, are you interested (quite rightly!) in the landscaping industry and you find the creative side of this industry stimulating, but you’ve overlooked the fact that many positions often require good physical abilities? Do you love to talk about urban gardens, but customer service isn’t your cup of tea? In order to avoid this kind of misunderstanding, it is important to learn about the sector in which you’re interested to avoid disappointment. A good way to do this is to read about the jobs and companies you’re interested in and see if you like what you find out, or not. This will give you a clearer idea about the job you’ll choose.
Adapt your resume to the job you’ve chosen
It’s not about fabricating your resume or twisting reality. It is a question of showcasing what is being sought in the desired position. Are you looking for a job in landscaping? Highlight the physical tasks involved in your previous jobs or your hobbies (like playing soccer, climbing, etc.). Do you want to work in garden centres? Mention that you like to socialize and interact with people, while highlighting your previous customer service experiences. This will help the employer get to know you better through your resume.
Follow up quickly, but not too much!
Did you apply for a position 15 minutes ago and haven’t yet received an acknowledgement? Nobody from the company has yet called you? Are you eager to get this job and afraid it’s going to slip through your fingers if you don’t do everything you can to talk to someone? Please understand that like you, our contractors work hard to best serve their customers, especially during the summer. The employer will get back to you if your application meets their needs! If you still don’t have news after a few days, a phone call may be a good idea if you really want the job. You will then be able to confirm your interest.
Don’t accept a job too quickly
We’ve just offered you a job for this summer and you’re very happy! You accept it, but the following morning, another company to which you had submitted your application also offers you a job. You regret accepting the first offer, because you didn’t like it that much, after all. If you’re waiting for another offer, it’s best to tell the person who contacts you that you’ll need 48 hours to think about it and that you will call back to give them your decision. If you accept an offer for a position that doesn’t suit you, you may get bored or even leave it quickly, which would be a shame, especially since you may have missed out on another position that you would have liked more. Taking the time to think about it will not be seen as a hindrance to your hiring, but rather as a sign that you want to take all the time you need to think about it. You’ve got everything to gain.
Good luck in your job search!